Inclusive Wording in Dance - Can Words Define How We Move and Can Movement Define How We Speak of It?
Derived from his tremendous amount of experience, working inclusively with contemporary dance, in this workshop Toke will orientate his focus to the wordings we often use in the context of dance. In the frame of the Tanzkongress 2022, he has formulated questions that this workshop will be focused around - Can words define how we move and can movement define how we speak of it?
By using these questions, Toke will spend the first half of the workshop, sharing a guided improvisation that opens up the space. He will, through a gentle and specific use of wordings, create a collaborative space that generates a freedom to meet one another and ourselves in the moment. In the second half of the workshop Toke will, in response to his improvisation, guide an individual and collective reflection of these questions to further the research and learning. To give a broader context of where these thoughts originated from, Toke has been educated in how not to underestimate the collaborative effort when creating dance through his experience and daily rehearsals with Candoco. When working in an inclusive environment (or any environment in or outside of dance), we must understand that each individual is their own person. In relation to dance, Toke’s experience is that this can often be forgotten, as our learned creativity and views can be of a cultural, historic or aesthetic manifestation that may overpower this collaborative effort.
Through joy, we create dance - and without joy, why would we dance? - Toke Broni Strandby