Practitioners and movers of every level are invited to take part in a special 5-hour workshop addressing attention, presence and interaction that culminates in a public showing. The basis of the work will be Slow Tempo, a slow movement practice developed by noted Japanese theater director/playwright Shogo Ota, and includes a unique opportunity to work with miura, beautiful folded paper sculptures created by visual aritst, Caleb Nussear with whom Peter Kyle has been collaborating since 2014.
Slow Tempo emphasizes the moment-to-moment fact of one’s “being here”, and working with the paper miura demands heightened awareness of the interplay between intention and flow in the body. Together they offer fresh opportunity for reexamining our relationship to time, form and space. Prior Slow Tempo workshop participants speak of developing improved concentration, sensitive and nuanced understanding of physical function, and greater impact in performance. The afternoon begins with a gentle full-bodied warm up, followed by investigations of technical challenges revealed by moving slowly, including balance, focus, and efficiency. The session continues with structured improvisations allowing for free exploration of this aesthetic, this extreme slowness where Ota believed “we find fresh expression to defamiliarize our daily experience – to look again.” Concluding the workshop, we invite the general public to come witness the slow moving installation we will create between 5:30-6:00pm in the soaring BkSD space.
Peter Kyle first encountered Shogo Ota’s work in 2001, in Seattle, subsequently worked with him in Kyoto, Japan, and is among the first people to teach Slow Tempo in the United States. He is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, filmmaker and Artistic Director of Peter Kyle Dance, which has performed to critical acclaim throughout NYC and across the U.S. He toured internationally as a soloist with Nikolais and Murray Louis Dance, and also performed in the companies of Mark Morris, Erick Hawkins, Gina Gibney, Laura Glenn, and the theater company P3/east, among others. He is a faculty member at Bard, Sarah Lawrence, and Marymount Manhattan colleges. He teaches annual summer workshops in Slow Tempo at Bearnstow on Parker Pond, and is co-director of Sansori Young Creatives, an education start-up. He has conducted residencies, workshops, and/or choreographic projects overseas in Scotland, Norway, Germany, Cyprus, Mexico, Poland, and most recently in China. Kyle’s Tiny Dance Film Series has been installed internationally since 2006 at noted festivals including Dance On Camera at Lincoln Center, Cinedans (Netherlands), Dance:Film (Scotland), Guangdong Modern Dance Festival (China), and in galleries and other venues in NYC and beyond including Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, Abrons Arts Center, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, and Muhlenberg College, among others. He is Co-editor of the uniquegesture.com, a nascent platform for cross-disciplinary dialogue and scholarship, and he serves on the Board of Directors at Triskelion Arts. www.peterkyledance.org