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THE DANCING BODY TO BE FREE FOR ITSELF: THE BIOMECHANICS OF A DANCER WITH ACQUIRED DISABILITIES

THE DANCING BODY TO BE FREE FOR ITSELF: THE BIOMECHANICS OF A DANCER WITH ACQUIRED DISABILITIES

Nov

02

Wed

12:13 – 12:13

0–2°C

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On the 2nd of November, Globe Art Point is organising an informative dance performance in collaboration with a member of its Creatives Database Wooguru Kw and his dance partner Nikolas Petteri. The event will be held at Globe Art Point between 17:00 – 19:00, welcome! 

THE DANCING BODY TO BE FREE FOR ITSELF is the dance project that supports all people who want to explore further with a more factual, integrated understanding of their own bodies. The practical principles of this alternative approach to the bodies of the individual dancers will be presented in two dance works created by Wooguru Kw and Nikolas Petteri, respectively.

Dancing is, by its very nature, a broad term to be freely defined, practised, and developed further for the end in itself: the joy of movement. And the most fundamental element there, which may not be necessarily challenged or argued in social contexts, is the human body: the biological system with physical characteristics and psychological dispositions that develops and functions in ways that distinguish itself from the others.

By extension, the level of need for what can only be expressed and addressed by bodily movements may vary widely. And this difference among individuals may also be reflected in physiological responses that are largely perceived as certain emotions or feelings. Moreover, this relationship between bodily expressions and emotions may more apparently be experienced when it all comes to a voluntary choice. That is to say, those with no impulses for it would not make any expressive move – which would be, for them, merely mechanical – unless required or forced. In contrast, the ones full of intrinsic stimuli would move their bodies with spontaneity for what needs to be expressed and addressed when they can. Taken together, these intrinsic stimuli – perhaps inherent to one’s own body, which elicit initial, spontaneous responses – may be the ones that are universal among all dancers – regardless of style, age, ethnicity, and level of physical abilities.

THE PROGRAMME

1 PART: One movement sequence that involves virtually all elements vital for motor skills – both gross and fine – is jumping. The fundamentals of this ballistic motion – which can be performed and enjoyed in various ways and with varying intensities – will be explained with demonstrations by Wooguru Kw.

2 PART: Nikolas Petteri presents an excerpt of his dance work dedicated to calmness and wholeness: the natural elements that inspire him. Later on, he will talk about his dancing and how it has been developed for his own needs and pleasures.

The event will be concluded by a Q&A. 

This event has a limited space availability and therefore, registration is required. Our venue fits a maximum of 20 attendees. Please register latest by 31.10. 2022

REGISTER HERE

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS

Wooguru Kw is a dancer for the body of his own, altered by a traumatic head injury – with which his dancing all began. Rehabilitation (stretched over a decade) from a series of injuries and neurological complications he had gone through was complicated. But it eventually became a unique set of empirical knowledge – which has been further examined and explored with a biomechanical approach to his condition over the past decade. His dance works were supported and presented by various international organisations, such as TANZTAGE BERLIN 2014, Moving poets 2013-2016 (in Germany and the USA, worked with Till Schmidt-Rimpler, a former principal of the Dutch opera and North Carolina theatre in the USA), NYTKE 2019, in Tampere, Finland, etc. And he was invited to present his education project (conducted in Germany, Norway, Latvia, Lithuania, and S. Korea between 2016 and 2019) at the GTF symposium 2018 (the German Association for Dance Science), Seoul Dance Center 2016-17, etc. freeflowmethod.com

Nikolas Petteri (real name Nikolas Iltola) is a dancer and assistant teacher for preschoolers with special needs. He obtained his professional education in dance 2013-2016, in Kuopio and Helsinki. He also completed a DanceAbility Teacher Certification Course in 2015. Nikolas performed in Helsinki X-Dance Festival, DanceAbility Finland in June 2016 and in Turku, Kynnys ry in July of 2016. He has been teaching Kids Special Dance Classes for kids with special needs since the spring of 2017. His latest dance projects were performed in Kuopio- Inclusive Pedagogy in Arts- Europe Final Seminar in February 2019 & The Lecture-Performance Series- The Dancing Body to Be Free for Itself in Helsinki in May 2022.

Venue: Globe Art Point, Malminkatu 5, 00100 Helsinki.

Wed 02 Nov 2022 Closed today

0–2°C

broken clouds

Address:
Malminkatu 5
00100 Helsinki