Workshop: Dancing Nervous Systems
In the workshop, we focus on expanding awareness in improvisation to increase movement vocabularies and choreographic agency, we thus explore our consciousness and awareness of decision-making when composing dance.
In Dancing Nervous System we investigate embodiment, mindfulness, and other idealisations of cognition and embodiment through dancing. Nervous Systems is a practice that strives to gain knowledge on dance building further on movement studies such as Feldenkreis Method, Bartennief Fundamental, and Body-Mind-Centering.
This helps us to to broaden our understanding of what repercussions concepts such as centred, balance, control, and mindfulness have on embodiment in dance improvisation, and allows us to explore different forms of cognition in dance such as doubt, insecurity, thinking through moving, etc.
In Nervous Systems, the human nervous systems are neither fast nor direct enough to consciously grasp, contain, or direct the improvised dancing in its high-speed transformations. However, every session we experiment with alternative feedback models that do not alter the medium, try to follow the principles and rhythm of improvised dance in our moments of reflection or evaluation of processes.
The Workshop has been organized in collaboration with independent organizations like E.D.C. Ostend or TDF Ghent and part-time arts schools such as DKO Conservatory Ghent and Bruges. Klaas is also active in higher education institutes such as KASK, Ghent and the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp. Masterclasses were hosted by international dance festivals such as Festival Aperto, Como (Italy), Camping CNDC, Paris (France), TDP dance, Cork (Ireland), Ibsen Laboratoria, Habana (Cuba).