Annantalo collaboration 25.09.2019

Workshop based on Björn Säfsten’s piece Matsalen in collaboration with Annantalo Arts Centre

© Björn Säfsten

© Björn Säfsten

Welcome to a free workshop with Swedish choreographer Björn Säfsten! A full-day workshop for dance artists working with young audiences and artists interested in doing so is organised on Sunday 3 November 2019 at 10–16, at the Annantalo Arts Centre, Helsinki. The workshop is a great opportunity to discover Säfsten’s choreographic praxis through the practices and materials of piece Matsalen.

In the workshop you will explore practices that focus on mental and physical consciousness and examine our thought processes on movement development and analysis. Practices of consciousness use repetition as a way to encounter transformation – in the workshop one will ask, can you guide the transformation by playing with the roles of doer and the practice.

The workshop is based on Säfsten’s piece Matsalen – that is performed at Annantalo during the week. Matsalen is a participatory dance performance where the audience and the dancers together create new rules concerning social eating. Everyday actions, such as moving a salt shaker, a plate or, perhaps, a chair, are explored with the help of one’s own body and video projections.

The workshop is free of charge, and can take 8 professionals in the registration order (maximum 2 from the same theatre/company/working group). The language in the workshop is English.

Workshop participants are warmly welcome, and it’s recommended, to come and experience the piece Matsalen before the workshop. Find the performance dates below and register for the performance of your choice at the same time you register to the workshop. The participation of the performance is for free.

Registrations by e-mail before October 11, 2019 to Pirjetta Mulari,

In collaboration with: Björn Säfsten, Annantalo and Dance House Helsinki. The workshop is part of the Body of Curiosity project.

Read more about the piece Matsalen.

Workshop schedule:
Sunday, 3 November, 2019
10:00-11:00 Individual warm-up and welcome
11:00-13:00 Working session with Björn Säfsten
13:00-14:00 Lunch at Annantalo (Skidilä)
14:00-16:00 Working session with Björn Säfsten

Matsalen performances (total duration of the performance and related workshop is 80 minutes):
Wed 30.10. at 9:30 and 12:30
Thu 31.10. at 9:30 and 18:00
Fri 1.11. at 9:30 and 11:00

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