Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices


Art |

Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices | Bangalore |

Nov 29 | 10 a.m.

Ends on: Dec 16


“The ecology of attention”
Somatic practices such as the Alexander Technique, Klein, Kung Fu, BMC and others will be applied to activate a set of awarenesses - awarenesses being the capacity to perceive and move in one’s surroundings. Heightening the perceptiveness and moving beyond our daily routines, our bodies will immerse in the environment removed from externally imposed demands. 

“How is it that our tastes and habits so often intersect with choices that are simultaneously free (since the action is not immediately forced upon us) but nevertheless strongly conditioned (since they tend to be also modulated to the causations in our environment)?”

~ The Lab ~
12pm - 5pm

This exploratory performance lab is open to all, regardless of age, shape or colour. Those who question these labels are invited especially. Experimenting with the rules of understanding and giving agency to the Dance itself, viewing Dance as an independent entity advocating for its own rights(!) enables us to work with the abstraction of Dance whilst poisoning and dissecting the highly developed and validated realm of choreography. 

We will disturb the demands which are deeply embedded within the histories of gender determined dance floors - the reality; we will use strange and transient means that entangle and contaminate these histories, as a way of replacing “Man” - the dancer - with an assemblage of species, objects, cultural and historical trajectories, proposing a post-Man - The Dancer.

We will also explore the ethics of vulnerability focusing on the relation of unregulated encounters. 

“Dance, as a language, offers us “hearing” of the future through the dance floor: the ground which embraces the ecology of differences, the ground holding the disruption, the ground that allows for dancing beyond borders of existing understanding. What more can Dance be?”

Open to all backgrounds.
Folx from across the full spectrum of identity are eagerly invited to join the lab.

All dance lovers and dancing enthusiast, dancing nerds contact improv freaks, traditional dancers, or crazy clabbers, all the other spirits, all the ghosts and creatures, musicians, philosophers, and other bodily people, you are all very welcome to come. 
Age is not a limit!  

28th Nov to 16 th Dec 
10 am to 11.30 am: open somatic class 
12 noon to 5 pm: dance lab

Shoonya Mari
Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices

About the Teacher/Artist:

Matej Kejžar was born in 1974 in Kranj, Slovenia. He studied at SNDO (School for New Dance Development) in Amsterdam, Netherlands. During his study, he was invited to join Trisha Brown repertoire workshops in New York, where he finished a semester-exchange. After, he joined The X-Group post-graduation program at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, Belgium. During his study his main subjects become movement exploration and composition studying with Katie Duck, Meg Stuart and Shelly Senter.

From 2002, Matej started to work worldwide. As a guest choreographer and teacher he was invited to P.A.R.T.S., SNDO, SEAD, TSEH, TUNA, Deltebre Danza, Les Subsistance, DejaDone, ZPA, ImpulzTanz and many more. Since 2009 he lives in Brussels. Coming to Brussels, he was working as a member of Rosas / Anna Teresa De Keersmaeker on two creations, and tourings of The Song and Cesena. In 2014 he was one of the 20 dancers in 20th Century, a project by Boris Charmatz.

Since 2010, Matej is the artistic director of Spider Festival in Ljubljana. Spider Festival is a festival entirely committed to art; it is a space of art in which explores, through critical movements, what is in one way or the other disturbing to the benevolent course of everyday life; it is that which is not easy, but is necessary.

About Shoonya:

Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices
A space to learn, explore, and experience - Shoonya is a non-profit platform with the aim of helping people further their journeys of self-discovery through deeper engagement with the arts and somatic practices, located in the heart of Bangalore on Lalbagh Road. A light-filled space surrounded by beautiful palm trees, Shoonya is designed for people of different artistic disciplines and somatic practices to create, connect, and collaborate; and for the community to access the performing arts and somatic work to enrich ourselves and broaden our horizons. We host workshops, performances, open events, classes, film screenings, discussions, jams and more.