ROAR: Ensemble Thinking

led by Karen Høybakk Mikalsen
Lower Left artist Andrew Wass

studio 2 Kunstquartier Bethanien Mariannenplatz 2 10997 Berlin

Sliding Scale: 50€-95€

20. – 21. 1. / 11-16

Ensemble Thinking (ET) is a system of collaborative group performance practices. These compositional exercises refine the individual’s ability to perceive, initiate, and support collective action. ET’s conceptual nature allows for equality of access regardless of background, aesthetics, or physical capabilities. Ensemble Thinking was initially developed in 1994 by Lower Left founder Nina Martin. Andrew has been helping develop the material since 2001.

The principles of ET help the performer focus on different elements of the moment: facing, level, movement, number, stillness, timing, space, focus, line, shape, etc. Heightened awareness allows for greater facility and nuance in these elements as tools of creation and lenses of perception.

We will start with examining the possibilities within the solo body, transitioning to how the solo operates in relation to the group.

This workshop is for dancers, actors, musicians, who are interested in increasing their kinetic awareness of the ensemble and solo in performance.

Karen Høybakk Mikalsen is a Norwegian dance artist, choreographer, teacher, improviser, collaborator and organizer, educated in Oslo, Stockholm, Salzburg and New York. She lives in Oslo where she runs her own company Living Movement, teaches actor students and arranges Friday sharings, seminars, workshops and an annual festival through Praxis Oslo. She first encountered Lower Left in New York in 2007 and has been practicing and teaching Ensemble Thinking since then. Karen is part of the first Ensemble Thinking Teacher Certification Program.

By experimenting with aleatoric, improvisational, and indeterminate processes, Andrew Wass (SoDA grad 2013) formalizes the coincidental and emphasizes the conscious processes of composition that are the generative source of much of his works. Influenced heavily by his undergraduate studies of Biochemistry at U.C. San Diego, Andrew works by creating a defined, almost crystalline palette in order to generate a myriad of possibilities. The possibilities are reduced and concentrated in the moments of execution and reception. A member of the Lower Left Performance Collective since 2001, he has taught at universities, festivals, and theaters throughout Europe, the United States, and Japan. Wass has performed with CI luminaries such as Nina Martin, Ray Chung, Scott Wells, Jess Curtis, and Nancy Stark Smith. His performance work has been shown in San Diego, LA, San Francisco, Marfa, Tijuana, Berlin, Tokyo, Geneva, Basel, and New York.