April 25 Tuesday Master class and April 26 Wednesday performance CAGE Festival Internacional de Danza Contemporánea ¨Espuma Cuántica¨
April 27 Thursday to 30 Sunday workshop Katie Duck and May 1 and 2 Events by the participants. Cuerpos en Tránsito, Tijuana.
May 5 Friday Performance CAGE Cine Tonala, Tijuana
May 6-7 workshop May 7 performance CAGE Centro Cultural de la Raza
“Cage” We view distressing events daily and are able to tuck this in a pocket of our consciousness until eventually panic attach grips our spirits and anything social seems beyond reason. The human condition to feel what we see and hear is numbed, boxed away in the normal. Emotions are messy. “Cage” investigates how the mind is held back by our social inability to release emotions. The piece confronts how emotions are key to intellectual wisdom in how we can accept and respond day to day to the variable of expressions in human nature and, how language has frozen society in a delusional concept of equal rights and economic stability. Change can happen only if we are prepared to allow for emotion to be placed as paramount in intellectual discourse.
The performance contains images from religion (nuns) and agoraphobia (illness) as a means to provide a theatrical theme. Katie was inspired to create “Cage” when she discovered a black dress that she could physically transform into images for her themes alongside a chair, three wigs, text, movement and sound. Her text is as non narrative as her movement material. Her words are confrontational (Vagina) placed in and around her use of space and objects that she discovers in each location. The solo is a score that is framed by a film and sound track created by Katie with invitations for collaborations. She chooses an artist to collaborate with in the country where she is playing CAGE and re arranges the score in relationship to what that artist adds to the work.. In Mexico, she will be collaborating with performance artist Melissa Cisneros.
Katie guides the participants through physical exercises that highlight how the eyes and ears affect movement choices. She places lecture alongside her exercises, based from her studies in the developmental brain “why we learn to walk” and perception “brain/mind/body”. She extends the workshop towards improvisation sessions by setting a fictional front in the studio space and then declaring this as a platform to choose pause, flow or exit. This platform highlights how the limit of these three choices can already provide the frame for a composition to take place, and that misunderstanding, coincidence, live time, interactivity, messiness, emotions, intuition and inspiration are basic materials in a creative process. These raw materials are integrated with the combined fact that everyone in the workshop group can make a choice. The improvisation sessions are given a delegated time frame with an option for the workshop group to shift, drop or lift the space at will. This shifting, dropping and lifting of the performance space places each individual in a position where they need to be to be fully awake or they will recognisably loose the thread of the creative compositional activity in play. Choice is introduced to the workshop group as a compositional reality but also as a means for individuals to elect to participate in the performative or as a viewer and yet remain involved in the process. The aim is to gather the workshop group to recognize that in a creative composition process, time is passing at different perceived speeds and that space is shifting in several dimensions at once. This awake fullness promotes individual performance presence and composition alertness. Katie will place an emphasis on the language that takes place in the process of collaboration and and the tension that one can capture by placing live body in a relationship with diverse mediums such as, object, film, sound, music and text. Alongside her workshop, Katie provides an agenda for for advising the participants through out their creation process.
The aim of this project in Mexico, is to give opportunity for the participant artists:
-To articulate their ideas with fellow artist.
-To put into practice their vision.
-To find alternative ways to conduct rehearsal towards their vision.
-To experience placing their own work in confrontation with live public in a short rehearsal process and casual setting.
Improvisation is emphasized in the workshop as a component for the creative process with the questions: -How can we compose without compromising our interest in the real time of an event?
-How can we integrate diverse mediums with live body?
-How do we discover a language for collaborations with fellow artists?
-How can this process result into a live body, creative event that is readable for live public’s.
The Freakatoni Witchy Weekend:
Freakatoni performances contain two sets with 3 to 4 pieces in each set, 10 to 15 minutes each piece, 35 to 45 minutes each set with a break in between. Publics are placed in a casual setting with announcers prior to each event. The announcers are volunteers from the group who have an interest in forming a direct relationship with the public. Events are placed in a working order according to the content and the technical set ups.
-April 27 10:00-14:00 workshop Katie Duck / 14:00-16:00 set groups for the Freakatoni events / 16:00-17:00 create a rehearsal schedule for the evenings with the groups / 17:00-18:00 advice groups (who are rehearsing that evening). 18:00-20:00 rehearsal / 20:00-22:00 rehearsal
-April 28 10:00-14:00 workshop Katie Duck / 14:00-15:00 advice groups (who are rehearsing that evening) / 15:00-17:00, 17:00-19:00, 19:00-21:00 rehearsal
-April 29 10:00-14:00 workshop Katie Duck / 14:00-15:00 advice groups (who are rehearsing that evening) / 15:00-17:00, 17:00-19:00, 19:00-21:00 rehearsal
-April 30 10:00-14:00 workshop Katie Duck / 14:00-15:00 advice groups / 15:00-17:00, 17:00-19:00, 19:00-21:00 rehearsal
-May 1 and 2 10:00-14:00 workshop Katie Duck / 14:00-15:00 advice groups / 15:00-17:00, 17:00-19:00, 19:00-21:00 rehearsa; / evening showing of all the events in order with (chosen) announcers / 20:30 Freakatoni Witchy weekend performance.