AI DŌ PROJECT
The workshops introduce participants to the choreographic style and ways of working of Iker Arrue, while familiarising themselves with some of the repertoire of AI DŌ PROJECT.
Utilising specific exercises and choreographic phrases, Iker works with the dancers on increasing both the awareness of the limbs in relation to the center of the body and the perception of horizontal, vertical or oblique spacial planes with respect to their own body. To achieve this, Iker emphasises the importance of weight transfer, the use of spirals, off-axis movement and avoidance of impact in precarious balance situations ensuring an organic and beneficial result for the body.
The idea behind exploring these principals is that the participants can afterwards research and apply them to the styles and forms of dance that interest them most.
CONCERNING THE STYLE, Iker Arrue has developed a new choreographic language that combines contemporary dance and the martial art Aikido.
Combining the two disciplines, Iker has developed a language of complex movement patterns which are elegantly integrated and characterised by precision and gestural body-language. Primarily, this is coming from Iker’s own innate movement quality together with his interest in everyday human movement, but also due to the work of Aikido, the latter which he has inherited concepts like; paying attention to the other’s needs, safe partnering distances, ability to react quickly, working out-of-balance and the use of minimal muscular force.
The main characteristic of the style and work of Iker Arrue is understanding the delicate balance between minimal muscular effort in order to produce multiple qualities of movement. As director of AI DŌ PROJECT, Iker has been developing his style over the course of years, the results which can be seen in his choreographic repertoire.
WKSP 119.104 is a site specific performance which is the unique result of a one week workshop (morning training + creation process + performance) during which members of the company and the workshop participants work and perform together.
The experience offers the chance to get closer to the style and way of working of the company. But above all, when putting together professionals, pre-professional dancers and students, the workshop provides opportunity to be part of an exceptional creation process.
The work is based on the choregraphic material of the original piece 119.104, a full evening choreography premiered in November 2014 as part of the International Madrid en Danza Dance Festival. The haunting music score composed by Luis Miguel Cobo traps us at the inside of the heartrending concentration camps during World War II.
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