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After organizing three butoh retreats at Tiyatro Medresesi during the winter of 2021, we will be back to our “winter home” this December for deepening our research and creative process.
This time we are offering a 6 week intensive program that will include Noguchi Taiso, Butoh, Critical Response (by Julie) and Ecosystems of Emotions (by Özerk) plus presentations, butoh jams and performances.
This year was a period of deep transformation. Our butoh family now has a new member after the birth of Anastasya and Özerk’s daughter.
Witnessing this process of natural birth without the interference of medical systems, and seeing how the tools that we shared and researched in our workshops aided the delivery, inspired us to focus on “the way our dance/movement/performance practices effect and transform our lives.”
This winter Tiyatro Medresesi will become our nest more than a retreat center, where we nourish and take care of the new life; creating a safe environment to support each other to grow as artists as well as individuals.
Schedule and Activities:
Classes will be Monday – Friday 10:00AM – 13:00 and 14:30 – 17:30. Julie will do morning classes with Noguchi Taiso and Butoh. Ozerk will offer Ecosystems of Emotion in the afternoons.
There will be opportunities for participants to create and show performances as well as time to prepare for these offerings, remembering that during our research we are always performing our best AND during performances we are always researching.
Ozerk and Julie will make weekly presentations in the evenings and /or on weekends.
Julie will present “Aspects of Butoh” based on her ongoing research. Workshop material will also explore these aspects. Concepts such as: Space, Time (“Ma”), The Senses, Masculine and Feminine, Interior and Exterior Forces plus more will be shared.
Özerk will present “A Season for Oblivion”, a project that was dedicated to re-connect with the forgotten aspects of the psyche.
Together they will present “Fathers and Daughters” a project that inquires into social gender, sexual abuse in families and much more.
Performance Feedback “Critical Response Process”:
We will observe Liz Lerman’s “Critical Response Process,” a method for giving and getting feedback on work in progress, designed to leave the maker eager and motivated to get back to work.
Through the supportive structure of its four core steps, Critical Response Process combines the power of questions with the focus and challenge of informed dialogue. The Process offers makers an active role in the critique of their own work. It gives makers a way to rehearse the connections they seek when art meets it audience or a product meets its purpose.
Critical Response Process instills ways of thinking, communicating and being that enhance all kinds of human interactions, from coaching to community dialogue, from artistic collaboration to family conversations.
In use for over 25 years, Critical Response Process has been embraced by art makers, educators, scientists, and theater companies, dance departments, orchestras, laboratories, conservatories, museums, universities, corporations, and kindergartens.
The Critical Response Process
Role 1: Artist/Maker:
Offers a work-in-progress for review and feels prepared to question that work in a dialogue with other people.
Role 2: Responder:
Engages in dialogue with the artist, with a commitment to the artist’s intent to make excellent work.
Role 3: Facilitator:
Initiates each step, keeps the process on track, and works to help the artist and responders use the process to frame useful questions and responses.
Step 1. Statements of Meaning:
Responders state what was meaningful, evocative, interesting, exciting, and/or striking in the work they have just witnessed.
Step 2. Artist as Questioner:
The artist asks questions about the work. In answering, responders stay on topic with the question and may express opinions in direct response to the artist’s questions.
Step 3. Neutral Questions:
Responders ask neutral questions about the work, and the artist responds. Questions are neutral when they do not have an opinion couched in them.
This step is one of the most fundamental, challenging, and misunderstood steps of Critical Response Process.
Step 4. Opinion Time:
Responders state opinions, given permission from the artist; the artist has the option to say no.
Turkey is a safe country in which to travel and does NOT require vaccines. Last year during the height of the pandemic, Julie and several of the international students traveled between workshops to various locations around Turkey by plane, train, bus and even hitchhiking. Wherever we went we always felt welcome and safe.
Last year during the height of the pandemic we were sheltered for 3 months in the warm open arms of the Medrese family. Tiyatro Medresesi is an incubator for the birth of creative visions. The architectural majesty of the space is inspiring and at the same time offers a safe container in which to experiment, research and present unique, personal work.
We request that you arrive by Sunday, one day before your designated week(s), in order to have a proper introduction to the space, format, organizational matters and questions you may have.
2021 Kışı boyunca Tiyatro Medresesi’nde üç tane inziva düzenledikten sonra, önümüzdeki Aralık ayında, araştırma ve yaratım süreçlerimizi derinleştirmek için yine “kışlağımıza” döneceğiz.
Bu sefer, içerisinde Noguçi Tayso, Butoh, Critical Response (Julie) ve Duyguların Ekosistemleri (Özerk) artı sunumlar, butoh jamler ve performansların da dahil olduğu 6 haftalık yoğun bir program öneriyoruz.
Geçtiğimiz yıl, derin dönüşümlerin yaşandığı bir süreçti. Anastasya ve Özerk’in kızlarının doğumuyla butoh ailemizin artık yeni bir üyesi var.
Sağlık sisteminin müdahalesi olmadan gerçekleşmiş olan bu “doğal doğum” sürecine tanık olmak ve atölyelerimizde paylaştığımız ve araştırdığımız araçların doğumda nasıl olumlu katkı yaptıklarını görmek, bize “dans/hareket/performans deneyimlerimizin” hayatlarımıza nasıl etki ettiğine ve onları nasıl dönüştürdüklerine yoğunlaşmak için ilham verdi.
Bu kış Tiyatro Medresesi bir inziva merkezinden çok, yeni yaşamı besleyip bakımını yaptığımız yuvamız haline gelecek; birbirimizin, sanatçılar ve bireyler olarak, gelişimlerine destek olduğumuz güvenli bir yuva…