Call for Participation: Body Weather Manipulations Intensive December 3/4, 2015, Dock 11, Berlin

With Frank van de Ven and Christine Quoiraud

Convened by Joa Hug


The Manipulations are one of the core practices of Body Weather performance training. As a hands-on practice that is conducted in couples, they are concerned with breathing, the release of tension, (re-)alignment and with the active observation of, as well as the reflection on, the intercorporeal experience of giving and receiving touch.

The occasions for transmitting, learning and practicing the complete sequence of Manipulations No. 1-7 have become very rare, nowadays, despite the prominent place of the Manipulations in the Body Weather approach to performance training. The aim of the Intensive is to dedicate 2 full days to the transmission and the study of Manipulations No. 1-7, as well as to reflect on this practice as a medium of performance training and artistic research.

If you wish to participate in the Intensive please send a short letter stating your interest/motivation including a short bio to The reduced fee is € 50; the number of places is limited and early registration is recommended. Accepted participants will be informed within a week.

The term & philosophical basis for Body Weather was founded in the early 1980’s by dancer Min Tanaka and further developed by Laboratories worldwide. Frank van de Ven was a member of Tanaka’s Maijuku Performance Company in Japan, from 1983-1991. With Katerina Bakatsaki he leads Body Weather Amster­dam, a platform for training and performance. Christine Quoiraud was a member of Maijuku from 1985-1990 and is now involved in the transmission of Body Weather practice with regard to her archive housed in the Centre National de la Danse in Paris. Joa Hug is an artist researcher and doctoral candidate at the Performing Arts Research Centre of the Theatre Academy Helsinki. The topic of his research is the impact of Body Weather performance training on the process of perception and the performability of the performer.

(Please note: Following this Manipulations Intensive is the workshop ‘From Touch to Dance’ by Frank van de Ven, also in Berlin, on December 5 & 6. For info please contact David Hall at Tel: +49- (0)1578-4250-969)

Supported by the University of the Arts Helsinki (Finland)



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