Presenting a workshop by the performers of ‘Momentum’ by CocoonDance, presented by Pro Helvetia New Delhi – Swiss Arts Council in Mumbai for the first time.
‘Momentum’ is a dance show that makes a connection between the dancers and the audience through the palpable feeling of movement in a shared space.
The Workshop: The performers and dancers working with the company (led by Rafaële Giovanola, founder and choreographer), will share the tools they used to create this piece through a dedicated 3-hour workshop meant specifically for professional contemporary and classical dancers.
This workshop will involve movement and will focus on the ‘exhaustion of repetition’ with pulsations that are concentrated in the spine. It will involve engaging with the body and breath in specific ways, and observing and learning about the consequent transformations caused in the body afterward.
In the workshop, the group will build on the idea of generating energy by working with pulsations. This energy then becomes the starting point to initiate a fresh choreographic composition.
Some training and a willingness to work with rigor, focusing on movement is the primary requirement for participation in this workshop.
CocoonDance was founded by choreographer Rafaële Giovanola and dramaturge Rainald Endraß in 2000. Swiss-born Giovanola was a soloist in Turin before being brought to the Frankfurt Ballett by William Forsythe for the duration of eight years. After this, she worked with Pavel Mikuláštik’s Choreographisches Theater, with Bonn as the last station. Since 2000, CocoonDance has been producing and performing in the independent Theater im Ballsaal in Bonn; since the season 2004/05 the company also is curating the dance program and is responsible for organization and financing of the theatre.