SEEd[σπόρυ] workshop

Intensive dance & Alexander Technique workshop, with live music

Georgia Paizi (GR/UK), Thodoris Ziarkas (GR/UK)

6 - 12 August

Duration: 40 hours
Working time: 10.00 – 14.00 & 17.00 – 21.00
Language: Greek, English

The SEEd project is a shared improvisation practice, an ongoing (2015-today) collaboration between AT practitioners, dance-artist Georgia Paizi & musician Thodoris Ziarkas, inspired by the poetic literalism of the human body, the physiology of plants, the patterns of nature, and the orbits in our galaxy... Mapping the overlapping landscapes of movement & music improvisation, the SEEd workshops involve AT principles, experiential anatomy imagery, materials from the field of somatic education, as well as materials from the Judson Church legacy.

Verbal instructions, subtle gestures, poetic imagery, props and anatomical models, live music, scores - the SEEd workshops include improvisation sessions that are talked through in real time, hands-on work in partners, private sessions, as well as scores for responsive choreography between the soundscape and the moving landscape in duets, solos, and groups, that investigate the shared auditory experience of being seen.
The workshop will take place in the studio, as well as outside, in the rural environment.

The SEEd workshop is open to professional dancers, musicians and performers, as well as experienced non-professionals.

During this week, Georgia and Thodoris will be also offering private Alexander Technique sessions upon appointment. Please get in touch.

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The ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE is an indispensable toolkit to a dancer’s, a musician’s, a performer’s practice, that contributes to the understanding of one’s own body mechanics and movement patterns, cultivates kinesthetic intelligence, and offers coordination and efficiency in movement and stillness, while enriching one’s physical presence, performance skills and embodied awareness. Unconscious postural and movement habits that are commonly developed early through one’s education and later through one’s professional life, as well as the embodiment and physical expression of one’s character and emotions, interfere with the natural organization of the body, restricting performance, and causing misuse of energy, pain, discomfort and anxiety. In this workshop we will attempt to retune this organic balance of the body, retrieving the space the we own (once hight, depth, and width), reconnecting efficiency and the creative process of the emergence of movement and dancing.

Ida P. Rolf (Rolfing), Moshe Feldenkrais (Feldenkrais Method), Joan Skinner (Skinner Releasing Technique), Trisha Brown, Gill Clarke, and Pauline Oliveros (Deep Listening), are some of the most important people in the performing arts, dance and movement education that have mentioned some profound experiences through studying or even incorporating the Alexander Technique in their own practice.

AVGO | Thessaloniki | 2018 |
DOCK11 | Berlin | 2018 |
Chisenhale Dance Space | London | 2017 |
Trip Space Projects | London | 2015 - 2016 |

Georgia Paizi

cv georgiaGeorgia is a dance-artist and Alexander Technique teacher, working in Athens, London and Berlin. Georgia studied dance with the Independent Dance (MA Creative Practice - Dance Professional Practice, Trinity Laban - ID), trained as an AT teacher (mSTAT, LCATT), and studied anatomy & physiology (College of Cranial-Sacral Therapy) in London, as well as Spatial Theory (MA Spatial Design, Sch. of Architecture, NTUA) and scenography (BA Theatre Studies, Pa.Pel) in Greece. Georgia practices the Alexander Technique, as well as Skinner Releasing Technique, BMC, CI, AM and a number of other pedagogies and approaches to movement informed by New Dance and somatic education, since 2005, with more than 60 inspiring teachers in EU and NY. Her current research explores improvisation as bare technique, and the shared auditory experience of being seen, working with metaphor, notation, and site-responsive practice.

Thodoris Ziarkas

thodoris cv
Thodoris is an improviser, double bassist and composer born in Rhodes, Greece. Currently based in London, Thodoris is mainly involved with jazz, improvisation and folk music from around the world. Thodoris is a teacher of the Alexander Technique (LCATT, London). Main projects: Valia Calda, solo, London Improvisers Orchestra, Clapton Sessions, COT, Esquivo, Bonnendis, Stamou/Chytiris/Ziarkas, AMAN!, SEEd. Collaborations include: Alan Wilkinson, Anna Homler, James Allsopp, Steve Beresford, Maggy Nichols, Beibei Wang, Adam Bohman, Sharon Gal, Michalis Kouloumis, Takatsuna Mukai, Tim Giles, Julie Kjær, Orphy Robinson, Andreas Polyzogopoulos, Alex Bonney, Sue Lynch, Gareth Lockrane, Roman Gomez, Blam, No Clear Mind, Talia, Circuit, Daemonia Nymphe, Manos Achalinotopoulos, Electric Litany, Mimika Ensemble, Dimitri Vasilakis, Vasilis Xenopoulos, Olcay Bayir, Kourelou.