with Karl Frost
- November 24-26, 2017
- Friday-Sunday, 12-6
- at The Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, Berkeley, California
This yearly workshop for experienced contactors is Karl’s most “improvised”workshop of the year, offering new experiments based on recent work and curiosities. Over the days, we meander through an organic mix of technique and poetic exploration of the physical encounter with other.
The technical work cultivates efficiency, kinesthetic pleasure, and physical safety in contact as well as fluid speed and power. A recurring theme is the ability to calmly sense with more somatic detail in more “frames per second”… to sense and to be able to act creatively and functionally on what is sensed.
While our path will be discovered as we go, you can expect…
- A balance of study and abandon, tight investigations and open questions
- Contact vocabulary: novel lifts and mechanical details
- Explorations of release technique and the “passive sequencing” work
- Questioning ‘meaning’ and poetry of the body
- States of awareness and experiments in mind/body relationship
- The possibility of intentionality and composition juxtaposed with the
impossibility of control of meaning and motion.
- The dance both as a physical process and as the poetic interplay of two experiencing beings.
- The interplay of open discovery and compositional intention as experiment and deliberate provocation to novel experience.
Body work, Mind work, pleasure, intellect, and a fair bit of sweat.
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Karl Frost has been teaching and performing contact and related work in body-based creative process for the over 20 years. He is known internationally for his dynamic and articulate movement style, his rigor in physical research and teaching, and for the edge-pushing nature of his work in both practice and performance. His work, influenced by studies in contemporary release technique, Alexander technique, and martial arts, has been showcased across the states, Canada, Europe, South America, and Israel. His performances take the body and emotionally and physically felt experience as their reference points.
Karl holds a PhD in Ecology (emphasis in Human Ecology and Cultural Evolution Theory), and MFA in Dramatic Arts, and a BA in Physics. His research in both the arts and sciences focuses on the role of the body in emotion and social behavior, especially with regards altruism, compassion, solidarity, and conflict. He is currently working at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Human Behavior, Ecology, and Culture as an ethnographic film-maker and researcher.
Of his performance work…
Brett Fetzer, The Stranger, Seattle, April 04
Ann Wagner, The Stranger, Seattle, Sep 04
the most surprising performance experience i’ve ever had and … one of the most rewarding.
Brendan Kiley, The Stranger, Seattle Oct 05
’something startling but strangely beautiful to behold.
Molly Rhodes, SF Weekly, San Francisco, August 07