Workshop exploring the relationship between Body and Landscape led by
Frank van de Ven (Body Weather Amsterdam)
words from the workshop publicity –
Intensive 7-day workshop on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.
The Isle of Skye (An t-Eilean Sgitheanach or Eilean a’
Cheò) is the largest and most northerly large island in the Inner Hebrides. The island’s
peninsulas radiate from a mountainous centre dominated by the Cuillins, the rocky slopes of
which provide some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the country. The abundant
wildlife includes the golden eagle, red deer and atlantic salmon. The local flora is
dominated by heather moor, and there are nationally important invertebrate populations
on the surrounding sea bed. Skye has provided the locations for various novels and feature
films and is celebrated in poetry and song.
Body Weather – Body/Landscape :
The basic training and point of departure for this
workshop, Body Weather, is a comprehensive approach to training and performance that
investigates the intersections of bodies and their environments. Bodies are conceived not as
fixed and separate entities but as constantly changing – just like the weather. Weather is
seen as a complex system of forces and influences coursing through and beyond bodies
and the world. Taking Body Weather into the landscape, the aim is to explore and develop
consciousness of the body itself being an ever evolving landscape within a greater
Programme will include *MB -(mind/body, muscles/bones) dance training *practice of and
reflection on physical and mental training *walking and wandering, silent walk, pilgrimage
and nocturnal journeys *various modes of experiencing body, movement and landscape
*investigating divergent senses of space and time *peripatetic records, drawing, writing,
immediate contact with surroundings *mental topography of a location, myth, archaic
mind and genius loci *Local geology, archaeology and history
An integral part of the workshop will be the individual artistic projects that participants are
encouraged to formulate and work on for 1-2 hours a day in the fields of architecture,
dance, performance, photography, sculpture, theatre, visual arts and natural history). The
workshop leaders are available to guide and support these processes.
Participants profile: for artists and advanced students working in performance, dance,
landscape art, sculpture, photography, architecture, theatre, visual arts and natural history.
Selection of participants will be based on c.v. and motivation. No previous (dance) training
is necessary but the workshop will be physically demanding, therefore a good overall
condition is required.
Frank van de Ven is a dancer and choreographer who spend his formative years in Japan
working with Min Tanaka and the Maijuku Performance Company. Together with Katerina
Bakatsaki he founded ‘Body Weather Amsterdam’, in 1993, as a platform for training and
performance. Since 1995 he has conducted the interdisciplinary Bohemiae Rosa Project
with Milos Sejn, connecting body and landscape with art, geology and architecture.
For more info on Body Weather Amsterdam http://bodyweatheramsterdam.blogspot.com