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Seminar:  Sharing Symmetry

Maria Franesca Scaroni


Jess Curtis

have worked together since 2004, creating movement-based performances with Gravity in Berlin and San Francisco. They bring together a wealth of information from diverse practices including contemporary dance, contact improvisation, performance art, somatics and critical/practical theory.

Seminar:  Sharing Symmetry

The Symmetry Project is a journey through perception. Two naked bodies interact through a highly structured improvisational score, constricted in a specific physical habit; that of moving symmetrically, relative to themselves or to each other. In this space of temporary “habitus”, the two bodies are constantly tuning, reformulating the perception of the self and of the other.
In the sharing of a central axis, spine, mouth, genitals, face, and anus reveal their interconnectedness and centrality in embodied experience.

Jess Curtis and Maria Francesca Scaroni want to share their investigations and experiments around this improvisational performance score with whoever is interested in exploring and unpacking concerns it has raised as it has been presented in performance venues.
Issues for dancers and non-dancers, for bodies involved in their own everyday performace, for fans of physical states and their consequences on shown or performed actions:

intimacy as shared weight and perception
subject/object investigation
nudity as gate to vulnerability and exposure, care of our own boundaries
rules as tools to experience a liberated state given by a constriction

Note: This workshop involves extreme physical contact in a clothing optional setting. We will address a variety of possibilities regarding the setting of boundaries in terms of health, hygiene, and intimacy. Participants may elect to attend with a partner. Participants should also bring training clothes suitable for a dance class.