AMPERS&ND; chuncheon

2-day Public Workshop

7, 8 November, 7pm-10pm

As part of AMPERS&ND et al, the body listening workshop will be presented in Chuncheon for the first time following editions in Shanghai, Seoul, Liverpool, Dublin, Melbourne and Berlin. Developed by David Pledger, Artistic Director of Australian performance company not yet it’s difficult (NYID), the workshop takes you through exercises that form the basis of the methodology.

Led by David Pledger and Sang Won Seo, the workshop participants will be joined on the floor by artists from not yet it’s difficult, Wuturi and Elision.

body listening is the artistic foundation for the performance laboratory, AMPERS&ND, which reveals ways in which physical and musical information can be transferred between actors and dancers to musicians and vice-versa.

For actors, dancers and musicians,
welcome to the world of body listening

body listening is all about the relationship between performance and football. Or more precisely, any team sport or physical activity that needs its players to operate on a 360 degree physical sensibility. body listening is built on the idea that performance on a stage is not so different to performance in a sports arena. It requires of the ‘player’ an uncanny ability to know where one’s ensemble members are at any given time. Fundamentally, it is based on the underlying premise that all bodies whether in the service of live performance or daily life have this capacity, and that this capacity can be cultivated to a high level.

In the context of live performance, body listening explores the body’s relationship to the performing space and to other bodies as a way of refining performer-presence.

All functioning bodies have a sense of their own physical presence which, when amplified, confers a heightened awareness on itself and the external world. body listening prepares the body to be a medium for registering and utilising this spatial and performative awareness. The process of amplification through a refined set of exercises cultivates the body’s capacity to sense shifts in the space without seeing or hearing them.

As such, it puts the body in a highly sensitised physio-sonic state where bodies are not neutral and their affective presence is explored.