Body Weather Manipulations 2-days Intensive

3rd and 4th of December 2015, Berlin

With Frank van de Ven and Christine Quoiraud (guest)

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 reflection on, the intercorporeal experience of the processes of giving and receiving.

The occasions for transmitting, learning and practicing the complete sequence of Manipulations No. 1-7 have become very rare, 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 study of Manipulations No. 1-7, as well as to reflect on this practice as a medium of performance training and artistic research.

The number of participants for a reduced fee (€ 50) is limited. If you wish to participate please send a short letter stating your interest/motivation and a short bio to by October 15th the latest.

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 right afterwards is the workshop ‘From Touch to Dance’ by Frank van de Ven in Berlin. For info please contact David Hall at Tel: +49- (0)1578-4250-969)

Supported by the University of the Arts Helsinki