Breath – Centre – Movement
Breath – that what generates movement, as well as its particular manifestation – sound.
Centre – (sometimes) the centre of gravity, but also a living source of movement, its beginning and the place of control.
Movement – the form of expression, a centre-breath interaction, an evidence of existence (as the movement of the chest that makes evident the breathing).
Breath and movement are inseparably linked to each other, and on the elementary level they aren't subjects to our will (who is capable of holding his breath with such consistency that it would allow to stop all of the movement inside his body?). When they meet at the centre and flow out of it, they can be channeled and dynamized; therefore, these organic functions of the body become themselves an elementary material, the first and natural expression, a carrier of meanings.
Martial arts appear to constitute systems that are among the best in maintaining order in the breath–centre–movement relation, treating the issue in a most thorough and pragmatic of ways. Breath, through a right cooperation with the centre should generate movement which combines maximal efficiency with minimal effort.
Partner training – focused on each other. Meeting, mutual relation, touch. How to listen, rather than to speak? How to do less in order to achieve more? Partner training is a subtle and attention-requiring form of encountering the other within the process of work.
The workshop will focus on the actor’s work with the body, toward acknowledging and overstepping one’s limitations, opening new channels of perception and communication. Through calling into being and subsequent maintaining and deepening of cautiousness, precision, continuity, openness, vigilance, sincerity, and readiness, there leads to a path of a deep co-operation, co-creation, and co-existence in the creative process. It is such understood partnership that constitutes the main issue of the workshop, in which the body, immersed in a stream of movement, a living and open structure resembling a scaffolding, seeks an encounter with a partner – given either by the presence of the Other, the working space, tiredness, or breathing. This scaffolding of sorts, and therefore the environment of the meeting, will be formed out of the work with individual training, partner and acrobatic training elements, as well as techniques of work with the body and breath descending from the Japanese martial arts: shintaido and aikido.