There will be a pre-festival workshop taught by Andrew Wass that is intended for those with dancing or contact improvisation experience.
Beginning with solo body exercises from classic CI, developmental, and Re:Wire techniques, we will explore specificity to increase the potential of the solo body. Accessing weight, concepts such as momentum, duration, repetition, speed, and loft will be investigated. Choreographic riffs will be used as points of departure to investigate listening and multiple forms of flow – mechanical, cognitive, and empathic. This workshop is intended for people with dancing experience who have yet to experience CI and for people with CI experience who want more solo body technical information.
By experimenting with aleatoric, improvisational, and indeterminate processes, Andrew Wass formalizes the coincidental and emphasizes the conscious processes of composition that are the generative source of much of his works. Influenced heavily by his undergraduate studies of Biochemistry at U.C. San Diego, Andrew works by creating a defined, almost crystalline palette in order to generate a myriad of possibilities. The possibilities are reduced and concentrated in the moments of execution and reception. He has performed in works by Nancy Stark Smith, Scott Wells, Jess Curtis and Nina Martin, among others. He has taught at festivals and universities in Japan, Germany, and throughout the United States.
A member of the Lower Left Performance Collective, he is a graduate of the MA program of Solo/Dance/Authorship at the Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum für Tanz in Berlin.