Photo by Alix Lucas
During 10 days we will be performing various physical and writing exercises and discussing specific texts at different locations within and outside of Teufelsberg. Everyday we will start at the S-Bahn station Grunewald, from where we will explore different ways of walking up to Teufelsberg (which is about 3,0 km away and takes around 30 minutes). Once we are there we will spend the rest of the day immersing into the program of the Body Mapping Lab, which consists of the workshops and special classes:
>> The Body as Translator / Nathalie Fari
Starting point from this session is the development of an embodied technique that combines teaching principles and elements of bodywork with performance approaches based on the modes and notions of «site specificity» and «urban intervention».
The main goal is to create cartography, maps or narratives of either a place, social context or personal history by using the body as a translator. This method offers the possibility of designing a type of inventory that assembles and reviews all the embodied observations, impressions and thoughts. As a result, the body isn’t only seen as something that metaphorically speaking, navigates in the darkness by being a vessel for all sorts of signs and expressions. Rather, the body is trained to find its own gestural and performative language that translates the multiple meanings of both the inner and outer space. In other words, it is about the attempt to dissolve the borders between the subjectivity of the body and the environment by redefining its way to interpret the world.
>> Urban Ethnography / Anja Schwanhäußer
Teufelsberg feels like a wild landscape, a terra incognita, but it is constructed by people, it is a cultural space. In the urban ethnography session, we will explore this space. Participants will get some basic insights into ideas, fields and methods of urban ethnography as a particular style of research. It is a method to explore the culture of the everyday and the variety of urban cultures without prejudice. Urban ethnography is about seeing what is overlooked, feeling what is marginalised and suppressed.
The focus will be on urban charisma and possibles ways to explore it ethnographically. Teufelsberg is charismatic through the history and mythology of the place, but also through charismatic figures from the secret, underground life of cities. It bears a local subcultural scene and also a variety of visitors from all over the world, including an international graffiti-scene, who gather in the ruins of the cold war and engage with the place in various ways.
The workshop is divided into three sections. First, we will get familiar with some ideas of urban ethnography and urban charisma through an introductory input, collective readings and group discussions. Secondly, we will explore the Teufelsberg territory ethnographically and try out and test ideas and methods. This will allow chance encounters with people of Teufelsberg. Thirdly, we will evaluate the collected data and discuss ways of representing them.
Ethnographic encounters generally happen by the means of language, spoken word and conversation; but participants will be encouraged to use their whole body to get acquainted with people and develop new methods on the interface of ethnography, dance and body mapping. The movement of the urban ethnography session will be from place to people. Be prepared to meet the unexpected!
>> Inhabiting the other / Minja Mertanen
In this session we will experience a variety of exercises developed by the performance collective Other Spaces combining them with teaching principles coming from Butoh. The main goal is that we design our own exercises, especially in relation to the environment of Teufelsberg. Therefore we will explore the surroundings of Teufelsberg in order to find living and nonliving entities and also phenomenas that we can embody and thus find other ways of relating to each other and to the environment. Be prepared to work physically by using different terrains and locations.
>> Cartographies of the Gestures / Petterson Costa
The main goal of this session is to facilitate skills for a physical training and research in performing arts based on the principles of Aikido and somatic practices in dance. One of the key approaches comes from an embodied technique of a Brazilian dancer and choreographer called Klauss Vianna in which the focus lies on the interaction between the human being and the ambient, especially by studying the anatomy and organization of the body and its ways to breath and move in the space. http://www.klaussvianna.art.br
The session’s aim is to explore the creation of choreographic cartographies through the principles of weight, density, impulse, transfer of supports, sustenance, break, spiral, construction of lines in the space, balance, dynamics and the daily gestures. What matters in this work is the ways of how the movement is experienced within the body, enabling the appearance of expressive scripts contained in the gesture. Starting with this physical study we will execute improvisations and compositions in relation to different spaces.
>> Vinyasa Flow Yoga / Sacha Skott
A vinyasa flow yoga class is based on the synchronization of breath and movement in a series of postures. The vinyasa movements are smooth, flowing and performed almost like a dance. Sacha’s classes focus on the alignment and anatomy, especially on the awareness of which muscles need to be engaged in which postures. In his class, yoga practice is therapeutic, so the injuries are avoided and overcome. It’s about deepening the understanding of one’s own body and its physicality.
>> 5 Rhythms / Oliver Euchner
Oliver’s 5 Rhythms Body Wave is a potent movement and dance meditation. With the support of empowering music and following Gabrielle Roth’s 5 Rhythms map, the Body Wave practice playfully invokes high physical presence and passionate dancing. It guides participants to a deepening relationship with their outer and inner body, creating many moments to still the mind and liberate physicality in the here and now through dance.
Through creative dance, movement and related exercises, Body Wave Teufelsberg offers participants an abundance of opportunities to come into heightened physical presence and to allow that presence to come into intimate relationships (Visual, physical, tactile, emotional, rational, ephemeral) with the extraordinary physical setting of Teufelsberg.