Stop Motion Kung Fu & The Light Dancer _Sat. 18th

by Sonja Heller and Marcus Grysczok

the workshop
We gonna dance! While we are walking through the dark we can’t see where we are. We’re waiting for the dancers of the future to be illuminated by their appearance. The Butoh Performance artist Sonja Heller invites you to dance a greeting ritual to prepare a first contact and make the transition of the light phenomenon possible. For this part Sonja will prepare your bodies as a light dancer. This workshop will be the most physically demanding one — so take care that you feel fine during the workshop and please bring comfortable clothes and shoes, in black color. For the warm-up we will need some specials. Btw: Do you have a trampoline? And can you bring it? We also need as many flashlights and other smaller lights as possible — so please bring everything luminous you can find! We are grateful about your support and ideas. Rosalie Töpfer will be assisting as Master of Motion that never stops for you. With the use of the knowledge of Marcus Grysczok with long time exposure and light painting we are able to delay the moment. With the movements of your bodies we are creating never seen light shapes that only could come from the future.

the technique
pixelation // light painting // long time exposure

the goal
To create your unique light dance after a training and combine your new learned skills at least in a group performance. Every (e)motion will be captured picture by picture to freeze the duration of the moment and show its full beauty. It’s the dynamic of your movement that visualizes the way of the light. Everyone can design his own light costume and wear it during the process. You are wondering why it is related to Kung Fu? You should be!


10:00-10:30 introduction Sonja Heller 10:30-11:00 warm-up with Sonja 11:00-11:30 warm-up with Marcus 11:30-13:00 design your own light costumes 13:00-14:00 lunch break
14:00-18:00 performance
18:00-20:00 finish preview for screening including audio soundtrack
22:00 screening at Boddinale Community Movie Festival at Loophole Berlin

the artists
Sonja Heller is a multidisciplinary artist, performer and butoh teacher from Germany. Being educated since her childhood in ballet, her explorative spirit brought her later to classes of german expressionist and butoh dance. She started to get interested in fine arts and graduated 2004 from acting school in Berlin. Since 2007 she concentrated on dance theatre and worked in Latin America, Europe, the Baltic States, Russia and Iceland. 2011 she was part of the exam committee for contemporary dance at Universidad Mayor in Santiago de Chile, she was also a guest teacher at the Dance Academy in Lithuania and gave lectures at the Museum of Modern Art in Moscow. In between 2013-2015 she displayed different ways to generate dance and sound simultaneously through collaborations with composer and actor Leo Solter as well as misconstructionist artist Adrian Shephard alias Testcard. 2015 she had her first solo exhibition with her mixed-media-works at Uferstudios in Berlin and her first stop-motion-film was presented at the Boddinale Festival. In her newest creations she focuses again on physical theatre and the pure expressions of the body.

Marcus Grysczok, stop motion passionate artist and director of the Boddinale Stop Motion Academy. His favorite playgrounds are artistic music videos and interactive stop motion workshops. His visual products are an organic mixture of chaos and organization, chance and skill, a high standard of sustainable work and a lot of creative freedom. With his good understanding of creating projects in short time and his huge motivation there’s nothing he can’t do. So you don’t have to be afraid of any problem, he will solve it together with you and as a team we finish the project in time with the best fun that’s possible.

the producer
Rosalie Töpfer, she’s the one with the master plan who will guide you through the whole experience. If you have any questions she is your answer. She’s controlling the flow and pulls the strings in the back (and in any other spaces).

50 for one day

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