This Masterclass introduces the core principles of Taiji Quan and their creative application in the performing arts. We will practice a set of physical principles relating to breathing patterns and the merging of opposing poles such as in-out, open-close, gather-disperse. These physical principles are then experimented as choreographic dialogues of the body-mind-unit with the time-space-whole. Such operations are at the core of “Abstract Dramaturgy”, a continuously evolving set of structural and choreographic processes in which the word ‘abstract’ is used here as a verb – in that dancing is underscored as a live negotiation between Self and Otherness, between Figure and Ground. Meaning, narrative and dramaturgy are rendered as outcomes or by-products that depend on the liveness of the dance and dancer.
Venue: Trisutji Kamal Room, Taman Ismail Marzuki