Gretel Taylor has taught performance, dance and live art at Victoria University, Monash University and RMIT, and presents guest lectures and workshops at many conferences and events. She currently teaches Open Training: Body Weather at Dancehouse, Carlton and at Montrose Public Hall, as well as occasional outdoor workshops exploring Body Weather and site-responsive performance making.
All levels of dance experience or inexperience welcome- the 'open' bit means that we each work at our own level. Focus is on fitness and body awareness in a fun and creative atmosphere.
DETAILS: Open Training: Body Weather 10am-12pm Saturdays (commencing 12th May), Dancehouse, 150 Princes St, Carlton, VIC
Open Training: Body Weather 9.30-11am Mondays, Montrose Public Hall, Leith St, Montrose, VIC
Body Weather is a physical training method and philosophy developed by Japanese dancer Min Tanaka, which engages in rigorous investigation of the body in relation to its environment. Perhaps the most well-known of Body Weather practices is 'MB'. Referring to Mind-Body, Muscle-Bone or Music-Body, MB is like a dancers' version of aerobics: a series of exercises traveling across space, to music. This training increases cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, co-ordination and tests and extends the body's capacity to multi-task. Other aspects of Body Weather include perceptual tasks to heighten sensory awareness, and use of imagery to evoke a vast range of embodied qualities.
Body Weather training underpins the site-specific performance work of Environmental Performance Authority (EPA), a group formed in Melbourne in 2013. EPA artist Gretel Taylor (or another member of the group) will lead the sessions and also participate in the training. Participants can work at their own level, though some fitness is recommended. Dance experience is not necessary.
Gretel Taylor participated in Min Tanaka's intensive workshops in Japan in 1999 and 2000, and since then Body Weather has strongly informed her dance practice. Gretel has taught Performance and Live Art at Victoria University, Monash and RMIT, as well as through her independent BodyPlaceProject workshops at many venues and outdoor locations.
Costs: $15 per workshop ($14 for Dancehouse Members), or $80 for 6 workshops (useable throughout the term) Contact: Gretel Taylor, 0425 759 988