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Mechanics of Distance


When: 1-2 of April 2022, 15:30-17:30

Duration: 120 minutes / day

Where: Tranzit House

For whom: choreography students and experienced dancers

For how many: max 20 people 

Language: English, Hungarian

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Please register to the workshop only if you can attend the sessions on both days. 

We will have a two-day workshop, each consisting of two hours of skill training - we will jump and roll and bend. We will learn skills that will help dancers to excel in any kind of dance that they endeavor. 

Instead of teaching a dance style we will be laying some useful bricks into the dancers’ set so that they can get closer to their own body and movement without stressing, exhausting it - which doesn’t mean that it will not be highly physical. 

The aim is that through the workshop we make our body more permeable, accessible while looking after our joints and knuckles. 

We will concentrate on the physical side of movement - the action-reaction correlation of bodies, without any decorative, aesthetic attributes.

We’ll follow the motto by Forsythe: dance is organized falling.  

And we’ll have a lot of fun, too while experiencing our body attempting to do something that we never thought would be possible. 

Workshop leader: Máté Mészáros 

Máté Mészáros graduated at the Hungarian Dance Academy in 1999. After 3 years at the Szeged Contemporary Ballet he has worked at various European companies (CarteBlanche – Norway, Lanonima Imperial – Spain, Ultima Vez – Belgium). After his return to Hungary in 2014 he has created four choreographies – „Hinoki”, „United Space of Ambivalence” and „Mechanics of Distance”, this latter selected in Aerowaves Twenty20. His latest creation is „Through Light” – an installation of light and bodies that was premiered at Trafó Budapest in November 2021. All his works toured extensively around the continent and overseas. He is a regular guest choreographer of various European dance companies and theatres and gives partnering workshops. In his choreography he applies a high level of physicality, regards the body as a structural phenomenon. He approach the body as a dynamic object and the space as an ever-changing scenery created by the counter-effect of objects, bodies, sound and light.

The workshops are happening as part of the Perform Europe project East Goes to East.

Perform Europe (https://performeurope.eu/) is an EU-funded project aimed to rethink how performing arts works are presented across borders in a more inclusive, sustainable and balanced way by testing new touring and distribution practices and providing policy recommendations for a future EU support scheme. This 18-month journey includes a research phase, launching a digital platform, testing a support scheme, and designing policy recommendations.

Perform Europe is funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and co-managed by a Consortium of 5 organisations: IETM – International network for contemporary performing arts (https://www.ietm.org/en), the European Festivals Association (EFA) (https://www.efa-aef.eu/en/home/), Circostrada (https://www.circostrada.org/en), EDN – European Dancehouse Network (https://www.ednetwork.eu/), and IDEA Consult (https://www.ideaconsult.be/fr/).

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