Ippokratis Veneris born and raised in Knossos on Crete, his childhood was populated by both the direct contact with the sea and from the myths of the place. Playing in the multicolored and multiform palace of Minos –playing up of the labyrinth and growing with the myths of Icarus, Daedalus and those of Theseus, Ariadne and the Minotaur his imagination and life were influenced by all those years of intense experience with the place. The last years lives in Rome Italy.
– In 2011 he collaborated with the UNIVERSITY OF ROME “Roma 3”, department of “Philosophy of Education” giving lectures about “Pedagogy, C.I. and personal researches on teaching”.
– In 2009 and 2010 he received an open scholarship in Brussels (PARTS-ROSAS Dance Company) and in Rome by the region of Lazio to proceed with his research. His original works (“Buongiorno Amore”, “Afroditi”, presented at Olympic theatre and Theatre Greco) combine together elements of theatre and dance.
– Is professor of the theatre school “il Cantiere Teatrale”
– In March of 2014 he was a guest together with Giulio Tremonti (former Italian Minister of Economy), Romano Prodi (the former Italian prime minister and former president of the European community), Ermanno Olmi (film director) in the TV show “the wind whistles” of Gad Lerner for Repubblica television and for the art channel Effe tv.
– Has collaborated -teaching and making shows of improvisation- with the Italian National Organization of Theatre.
– Teaches regularly twice a week Contact Improvisation developinghis own method. – Teaches in different places around Europe.
– Has collaborated with Roberto Castello-Aldes for “Narrate” premium UBU as the best dance theatre production of the year in Italy and many others.
– In 2011 decided to stop making shows and concentrate his energies on the research about the human nature and the wisdom of our bodies.
– Co-founder of CORE an association of choreographers of central Italy to promote the rights of the live performing arts
– Co-founder of RomaContact a collective of dancers who promote and give shows of improvisation and Contact Improvisation.
– Organized the last 8 years many events of art and workshops inviting teachers from all Europe.
– Lives in Rome where graduate at school “l’officina” where study release technique, Dupuy technique, contact improvisation, instant improvisation and composition.
– As a choreographer, dancer and improviser has organized and participated at different events, in the last ten years.
– Has studied with many choreographers and participating at numerous workshops of physical-theatre, contemporary dance, choreographic composition and contact improvisation.
Theme of the lab: Listen and comunicate, give and receive, accept and offer
How can I give, offer my presence to my partner being available and open physically, mentally , energetically to communicate. We will work on how to be present -here and now- and in listening to ourselves and our partners. We will explore, while we dance and improvise, how to accept and how to offer and become our meeting, an open, fluid and communicative dance; become our dance a real meeting and a journey.
Pasquale Shuten Esposito (ITA/GER) is a Zen monk (soto) and a professional actor, at the moment based in Hamburg and traveling a lot between Germany, Italy and UK. Being an actor forces him to research expression and communication in depth. He has been practicing (Soto) Zen Buddhism since 1993, following Master F. Taiten Guareschi. He was officially ordained in 2001 at the Fudenji Zen Temple in Fidenza.
Is the president of the cultural association Flowers in the Sky, an organization that gathers research and cultivates the education of the Zen traditions and art physically, socially and spiritually.
Is the artistic director of the company “Research Performing Arts Company”.
He has deepened his studies and practice of Zen by traveling in different countries and different Zen dojo in Europe and the United States.
He leads meditation sessions, workshops and retreats on Zen education in the artistic process, inquiring on the nature of the self.
As an actor he studied, worked and taught “acting” at Studio De Fazio in Italy, Germany and Los Angeles with D. De Fazio.
Teaches acting in Germany at acting schools: “Artemis” Munich www.artemis-theater.de and at “Acting and arts” Ssarbruken www.acting-and-arts.com)
Works professionally in the theater and in the film industry in Italy.
Has been invited to present his Zen research in the performing arts at the International Symposium on Performance and Mindfulness in June at the university of Huddersfield (UK).
Here the link of an article about Pasquale’s workshop held at the London Buddhist Arts Centre in October. http://mindfulnessandperformance.co.uk/2016/01/12/pasquale-esposito-workshop-by-daniel-pla/
His research on expression and communication brings him to write a book about “Expression and communication” the inevitable unfolding picture from an educational point of view Zen. A journey through the creative and the artistic process as an original process of awareness in itself.
An important part of his education comes from the of G. I. Gurdjieff teachings, that he still follows traveling between London, Rome and Los Angeles.
Is certified by IIFAB to lead groups of bioenergetics’ exercises.
He studied Chinese medicine and Shiatsu massages.
Has followed the practice of Qi Gong with different international masters.
Has been practicing Kundalini Yoga and the martial art of aikido for many years.
Recently has finished the production of a documentary that directed and now is preparing a theater multimedia play as an actor “The natural way “.
Is the author of a collection of Zen stories and personal experiences “Reflex”.
Practices boxing at an amateur level to keep him awake!
www.flowersinthesky.com – www.artandawareness.net – www.pasquale-esposito.com
Title of the workshop: Imporovisation and Presence
We will start with an introduction to Zen’s principles and the relationship with the performing arts. Then we will be introduced to the Zen meditation called “Zazen” and to the walking meditation called Kinhin.
As in the performing arts as well as in Zen, the body and what immediately surrounds it, (you could say the content and the context ) are a key to the creative and artistic process that in itself is a process of self awareness.
We will explore the event of improvisation as a process that does not concern neither the ability nor the knowledge of the artist but rather regards the process of becoming aware of our self.
It is a process of not doing but allowing the light to enlighten the dynamic and function of our being.
We will explore the importance of the inevitability in being present. Being present in itself is pure improvisation. We cannot do anything about be present, it can only happen. We will look our expression, that regards the body and that most of the time is unconscious and mechanical. To see that, to be aware of it, is to fall in the presence that is improvisation. We start to see the difference between feeling and reacting having a mind opinion. Make distinctions between these things is a very good path to walk artistically.
Roberto Bellatalla lived in London from 1978 to 2003, double bass player active on the british and european jazz and improvised music scene, has played extensively, toured and recorded with Elton Dean, Nick Evans, Keith Tippett, Louis Moholo, Mark Sanders, Alan Wilkinson, Evan Parker, Paul Dunmall, Paul Rutherford, Tony Marsh, Paul Rogers, Marcio Mattos, Maggie Nichols, Radu Malfatti, Tristan Honsinger, Sean Bergin, Steve Noble, Billy Jenkins and many others: Member of the band “Dreamtime”, from 1983 to 2006 and of “Louis Moholo’s Viva la Black”.
He writes and performs for theatre, poetry and dance and is involved in didactic activities for children, adults and disabled people.
He plays with the trio led by guitarist Mike Cooper, “Truth in the Abstract Blues”, performs solo concerts and with a variety of small acoustic or electro-acoustic ensembles of improvised music
Ivan Macera focuses his career on a personal approach of melodic and natural experimentation of percussion, expressing especially in improvisation, research and exploration of timbre, color; bringing the emotional experience of sound even in teaching as conductor of workshops aimed at developing listening and self-perception, and workshops on the architecture of the events and the construction of sound environments. As percussionist takes part in many projects of total improv and not, collaborating with artists of national and international scene such as: Entropy, a collective of electronic music; with jazz vocalist and improviser Marilena Paradises; with the Japanese singer Michiko Hirayama; with bassist and explorer of sound Roberto Bellatalla, with the trumpeter and composer Bert Ivan, with multistrumental and voice researcher Mauro Tiberi, with Primitive Field; with saxophonist Nicholas Alesini (among others collaborator David Sylvian); with Cristiano Serino Ether Project; in contemporary dance filed had played for the company Egri; Raphael Bianco (choreographer, dancer); Chiara Mogavero (performer, dancer and actress); Benedetta Capanna; Fabio Gemo (anthropologist, documentary filmmaker and actor); etc. He also played for: European Music Festival, the International Poetry Festival of Genoa, May Day Concert in Piazza Maggiore in Bologna, Festival Poiesis, Atina Jazz Festival, concerts at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Teatro India in Rome, Macro Testaccio, Teatro Valle, Centro Santa Chiara of Trento, Auditorium of the House Quarry Matera, concerts sponsored by the Australian Embassy, ??concerts in churches such as San Giorgio in Velabro in Rome, in the beautiful Evangelical Lutheran Church in Saint Lucia and the Banner many others. In 2005 he won the Premio Paolo Pavanello for song writing and in 2007 the Poiesis Award, sponsored by the Club Tenco in Sanremo. He also realized various recordings.
Theme of the workshop of R.Bellatalla and I.Macera: “who moves whom?”
Deepening the relationship between dance and live music, free improvisation. In this laboratory the goal will be to explore the best possible system of improvisation, the more combinations existong, searching for listening, understanding and complicity between contact dancers and musicians.
Claudio Petrassi is a Watsu operator; He studied clinical psychology and specialized in counseling for childrens and adolescents and the Art-Counseling; held lectures at the School of Counseling “ASPIC”; worked as consult-listening at some schools; he carried out in the context of HIV counseling at the Policlinico Umberto I in Rome; leads groups on parenting, fear of flying and fear of water; designed and carried out paths through Watsu support for children diagnosed with autism and disability in general; gives Watsu monthly offers for the couple in Belgium (Brussels); organizes days of baby Watsu, where the babies play with their parents and we take care of their children both in land and water; leading groups of AI-CHI (Taichi water); coconduce groups of hypnosis in warm water; organizes training courses in the Californian massage; was trained in psycho-body techniques such as the Californian massage and Jin Shin Do.www.counseling-watsu.com