Sep 8 - Dec 15, 2020 (14 sessions, no class Nov 24)
Ayako Kato Dance Movement Workshop
"Be a Poet"
Tuesdays, 9:30 - 10 am (Zazen Meditation) | 10 am - noon (Creative Sessions)
Location: outside at Hamlin Park when the weather permits, with social distancing.
Otherwise, on Zoom. Location will be given through the email list, Facebook and Instagram the previous day
$140 full workshop, early-bird.
$14 Drop-in single workshop/$12 students/seniors/professionals
Register/pay by Zelle, Venmo or Paypal
Zelle: Ayako Tsuchiya,
Words and movements are different. Yet, the spirit connects them. How do we express and communicate through our tangible body and intangible mind? Is the movement abstract? When does it become concrete? How do we build the world through movements? How can our physical, momentary expressions travel through time in relation to the previous and the next movements? How can our intention influence space? How can we link our body-mind with the viewers’? How can an individual performer connect/link with other performers (dancers & musicians) or music/sound, sharing the same space/time to create a world?
Referencing the practice of Renku (Japanese Chained Poetry) and Haiku, participants will explore physical poetry as solo, duo, trio, and as a group (reading the air).
Before the creative section of the workshop, we will meditate (sitting, walking, and dancing) and also practice somatic exercises--particularly being aware of fascia connections in order to integrate our physical, mental, and energetic being.
Renku, haikaino renga/linked verse, is a Japanese Chained Poetry form that was established by poet Matsuo Bashō (1644–1694) who is mostly known for his haiku (the first verse of Renku). This group, collaborative, improvisational, and compositional traditional activity is still practiced in modern days. As dancemakers and practitioners, we will occasionally refer to Renku’s rules, aesthetics, and approaches to stimulate our poetic creative self.
August 23-25, 2020
Ayako Kato Dance Summer Intensive:
"Let’s Create Chained Poetry Improv-Compositional Dance!"
Sun. Mon. Tues. 10 am - 2:30 pm
On Zoom or outdoor at Hamlin Park
Renku, haikai no renga/linked verse, is a Japanese Chained Poetry form that was established by poet Matsuo Bashō (1644–1694) who is mostly known for his haiku (the first verse of Renku). This group, collaborative, improvisational, and compositional traditional activity is still practiced in modern days. As dancemakers and practitioners, there is a lot we can learn from Renku’s rules, aesthetics, and approaches. During this intensive, participants will start to learn the form’s basic structure and rules while creating their own verses and by linking them with others’ verses. At the end of the intensive, we aim to complete one volume of Chained Poetry Dance improvised/composed of 36 verses/short pieces of dance which must be the very first one in world history! There will be a showing at the workshop's conclusion.
June 23 - July 28, Tues 9:30 am -noon*
"Eclipse Dance Movement and Creative Workshop III"
with Ayako Kato
9:30 am Zazen Meditation, 10 am Warmup and Creative Session.
Single drop-in workshop $14/$12 (professionals, students, seniors)
"This third session of the Eclipse series will focus on improvisation. Yet, not in a regular manner. Participants will learn improvisation more as a principle practice. We continuously seek out the empty-self to gain maximum freedom and understanding of the natural force through our physical-mental-self and beyond. Then, again, the session hopes for participants to encounter the transformative absolute as the Eclipse moment. " Ayako Kato
Ayako Kato, photo Benjamin Wardell
Image courtesy of Ayako Kato
Image: Ayako Kato