Amphibious Trilogies

Masters workshop #1

Moving with verbs

On 27 April 2020 we held the first of three workshops for Master students in choreography at Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO). Due to the restrictive policies concerning COVID19 virus we get together in ZOOM.

This workshop is an experiment to elicit engaged responses to the masters spring course, with a special focus on project descriptions. Words matter in choreographic ideation and communication. Working with words as material provides fuel for co-creative research in the making.

Assemble / prepare / meet / greet

We assemble in ZOOM, with paper and pen at hand. We talk about social distancing as an extended choreography. How to cope with it. How the current situation might influence the masters projects and world views. As we are working with moving words, we mention that language and rhetoric are central factors in the governmental approach to handling the corona crisis, and new words are added in the covidictionary.

Task #1: Describing / sketching

Focus on individual projects. Participants are asked to write a short project description (max 20 minutes).

Guidelines: What is your interest within choreography? What is at stake in your choreographic projects in the making? What is the impact (if any) on your choreographic projects/practices in these challenging times?
Keywords: context, conditions, positioning, process, themes

Task #2: Articulating / pitching / presenting

Presenters pitch their projects (10 minutes). Others take notes, with a focus on movement words. Write them down.

Task #3: Sharing / accumulating / exchanging / discussion

Pooling together, the participants exchange movement verbs from others’ pitches and comment on them. Are they useful in designing the choreographic project? Has this process helped to get a better understanding / perspective of one’s project? What changes you will do in the future?

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AMPHIBIOUS TRILOGIES engages with FUEL4Design: Future Education and Literacy for Designers. We contribute to the Futures Lexicon with movement words, called Futures Design Movements Words. The masters students will also contribute with more moving words.

See also: Masters’ Workshop #2 and Masters’ Workshop #3


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