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July 23-26, 2020 

In this workshop we investigate the relationship and interdependence of solo practice and ensemble/collective action using the lens of improvisation.
Over the course of the four days, the artistic integrity of each voice is sharpened in conversation with the whole and a dialogue emerges as individual aesthetics meet, interact, and expand.

While the central thrust of the Architect’s research is grounded in movement, the unique nature of this workshop as a virtual gathering makes space to include improvisers for whom movement isn’t a primary practice. We are excited to work with a wide range of folks, including but not limited to: musicians, writers, visual artists, somatic practitioners, and community organizers.

Unlike our in-person gatherings, and intensive-style movement workshops, there are no technical or movement prerequisites to participate. If you are keen to explore improvisation as a practice of embodied attention, we would love to welcome you to this workshop.

Using Zoom as our primary platform, we will move in and out of guided solo explorations, ensemble research, time spent writing, time spent offline/outside in solo research, breaks for integration, and dialogue as a group, as well as in breakout sessions. Fresh perceptions and new choices are set in motion each day through provoking, open-ended questions and guided somatic practices co-facilitated by The Architects.

In order to get the most out of this workshop, you’ll need:

  • access to a smart phone or computer, with a reliable internet connection

  • access to an indoor space you can move around in; this doesn’t have to be huge, but big enough to swing your arms and safely stretch your body out on the floor

  • clothes you feel comfortable moving around in

  • a notebook

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“Each time I return, I have a different experience with the work. I am so grateful each time. I learn about myself as a physicality artist, a teacher, and a person.  I'm at once supported and challenged - a beautiful pair I seek in my professional and personal life. How each Architect individually, truthfully engages with and teaches…the various elements of the work, is a gift.”
Workshop Participant (2012)
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