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4-day-research MOVEMENT ARCHERY with Tom Weksler at b12


when: 12th – 15th july 2017 / 1:30pm – 5:30pm

where: Berlin, Germany


each day of workshop will consist of 2 parts:

part 1 – floorwork

tom’s technique of floor work serves as a “risk management” mechanism, which ultimately leads to freedom in a much larger scale than usually experienced by performers of a single discipline. tom introduces dynamics of falling, rolling, collapsing, flipping and melting down in order to reduce and eventually eliminate the type of actions we usually refer to as “failure” in dance, athletics and martial arts.

the practice is composed both of simple, almost “daily” actions, alongside “complicated” acrobatic risks, without distinguishing between them or judging what’s important and unimportant. this approach allows a blend of influences from the animal kingdom, capoeira, gymnastics, tae kwon do, parkour, brazillian jiujitsu and bboying to fall effortlessly into an empty category of functional motions.

part 2 – movement archery

the “archery” practice is tom’s sincere attempt to create a practice of movement which lies in the space between fight and gestures-free expression. the practice can be executed with two movers and more, and involves the development of both circular and sharp reactions which leads to high levels of awareness and a fluent – “tactical” mind. the movers will go through different forms of “games” which can wear strict rules and objectives or just a physical play of examining and interacting – a play we are all familiar with but tend to lose during our mature life in modern society.

upon practicing archery one can feel either like he or she is involved in a very skillful combat or in a passionate dance full of risks and traps. it is important to note that the name “archery” ultimately holds nothing behind it as it constantly changes and flows into the shape the practitioners make up according to their needs and passions.

“the right art is purposeless, aimless. the more obstinately you try to learn how to shoot the arrow for the sake of hitting the goal, the less you will succeed in the one and the further the other will recede. what stands in your way is that you have a much too willful will. you think that what you do not do yourself does not happen.” – eugen herrigel

tom has been practicing martial arts and different forms of acrobatic disciplines from a young age. tom graduated in 2009 from “the workshop for dancers and choreographers in haifa”. since 2010, tom has been dancing with “inbal pinto and avshallom pollak dance company” and has performed with the company’s productions in many theaters and festivals around the world. in 2014, tom joined rootlessroot (jozef frucek and linda kapetnea) for the creation of the piece, “collective loss of memory” (produced by “dot504”) and still performs and tours with the piece in europe.

in 2014, tom created the duet “saru’ (with dancer and choreographer mayumu minakawa) at aurillac center for choreography and dance, which has been performed in japan and israel. tom’s movement workshops have taken place in dance schools, circus schools, dojos and professional companies in tel aviv, amsterdam, dublin, london, copenhagen, berlin, bratislava, milan, antwerp, boston, san francisco, new york, toronto, montreal, guadelajara, kyoto, tokyo and more.

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