The workshops introduce participants to the choreographic style and work 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 to increase the limbs' awareness concerning the centre of the body and the perception of horizontal, vertical or oblique spacial planes to their own body. To achieve this, Iker emphasises the importance of weight transfer, 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 principles is that the participants can afterwards research and apply them to the styles and forms of dance that interest them most.
Regarding THE STYLE, Iker Arrue has developed a new choreographic language that combines contemporary dance and Aikido martial art.
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 natural 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 relies on understanding the delicate balance between minimal muscular effort to produce multiple qualities of movement. As director of AI DŌ PROJECT, Iker has been developing his style for years, the results 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 company's style and way of working. But above all, when putting together professionals, pre-professional dancers and students, the workshop provides the opportunity to be part of an exceptional creation process.
The work is based on the choreographic 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 Luis Miguel Cobo composed traps us in the heartrending concentration camps during World War II.
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