What intrigues, fascinates, entertains, inspires, challenges, provokes and moves us?
How does the moving body communicate and what are the choices available to us?
What is available to us as we share the air space and time together?
Working with improvisation and contact work has opened an exploration in weight, volume and containment. I’d like these morning sessions to take a closer look into how we orient ourselves in gravity and to our relationship with people, objects and events that unfold within in the studio environment.
From different starting points we will begin each day with attention to spine, girdle, and limbs. Respecting form and structure as material we will open an imaginary process in the body to find spontaneity, flow and presence.
Simple holding structures and invitations to support each other in self study, partner work and group activity, will be explored throughout the week as a way to cultivate a better understanding of our sensing, thinking, moving body.
As an independent dance artist, maker and teacher, Andrea Buckley’s work is informed by 30 years of dance improvisation practice. Through various working encounters, performing nationally and internationally, Buckley has been inspired by a number of dance artists including; Sue MacLennan, Rosie Lee, Kirstie Simson, Nancy Stark Smith, Lisa Nelson, Gill Clarke, Deborah Hay and Siobhan Davies.
As a solo artist, past commissions have been with Siobhan Davies Dance, Les Laboratoires d’Auberville and Merseyside Dance Initiative. She has created work for small-scale site specific, theatre and gallery based performance settings, working with a wide sector of the community, ranging from professional dancers, mixed ability groups, dance and theatre students. Over the last 12 years, her practice in dance has been integrated with a practice as a Certified Rolfer and Movement practitioner. This combination has grounded her research in observation, perception, culture and imagination.
Buckley’s extensive teaching practice is receptive to various contexts – over sustained periods teaching for Independent Dance and as a guest lecturer in various settings including Higher Education.
Working co creatively with Ch4pter and Liverpool Improvisation Collective – a programme of workshops, performances, commissions and festivals were initiated within the Northwest of England. Her live work continues to evolve through the practice of making, facilitating, delivering, witnessing and co collaborating.