The aim of this workshop is to develop conscious presence while improvising in a performance.
10:00 - 12:00Improvisation and Instant Composition
Each session begins with exercises that explore relationships between thought, movement and presence in the immediate environment.
By promoting a greater awareness of sensory input, the performer becomes better equipped to interact with their internal and external impulses.
The session continues with examples of both fixed and open structures in which the participants improvise with such elements as dance, music, text, and light.
Through practice and theory, participants explore a process by which they collectively experience spontaneously created compositions.
— Michael Schumacher
He is a performing artist with roots in classical and modern dance.
He has been a member of several groundbreaking companies, including Ballet Frankfurt, Twyla Tharp Dance, Feld Ballet, Pretty Ugly Dance Company, and Magpie Music Dance Company. Working as dancer, choreographer, and teacher, Schumacher has developed a unique approach to the discipline of improvisation.
He has collaborated with many pioneering musicians, including percussionist Han Bennink, violinist Mary Oliver, and cellist/composer Alex Waterman.
He currently resides in Amsterdam and conducts workshops in movement analysis and improvisation worldwide.