The technique developed by David focuses mainly on the dancer’s relationship with the floor, earth and ground. Simple movement patterns involve breathing, speed, and the release of energy through the body in order to activate the relationship between centre and periphery and between joints and skin. Exercises will focus on moving in and out of the ground more efficiently by maintaining the state of being centred. Emphasis is placed on the skeletal structure, which will aid to improve physical perception and alertness. The class includes partnering work and movement phrases, which explore the primary laws of physics: cohesion and expansion.
Monday – Thursday, September 14 – 17
4:30 – 6pm each day
Troy Studio, Lang Performing Arts Center
We work toward defining a shared but invisible space punctuated by “pathways” the group of dancers creates its own dynamic, flexible and complex language without needing to designate a leader. Several bodies interact spontaneously and harmoniously, as though a single conscience was leading them.
The Passing Through takes the dancers through various exercises to manifest Zambrano’s philosophy that movement needs no leader in creation. The dancers will create dynamics that will be flexible and complex at the same time, getting the group to fit tight together, yet always keeping doors open for the unpredictable. The group moves constantly, transforming the environment of the dance. The dancers work to sense the room full of invisible curved pathways. These pathways become visible as soon as the dancers start moving through the room. Thus the Passing Through is created into a spontaneous composition. When the group becomes one mind, it can never get lost, it is always going somewhere. There is never one person leading or following, every one is leading or following, depending on the situation. The whole group is constantly travelling practicing infinite possibilities inside a defined environment.
Saturday & Sunday, September 12 & 13
1 – 5pm each day
Troy Studio, Lang Performing Arts Center
WRITING & MEDIA
“David Zambrano on Improvisation and the Power of Different Cultures”, by Lene Van Langenhove (Etcetera, performing arts magazine)
“David Zambrano, interview about ‘flying low’ and ‘passing through’ “, Nicholas Hubert (idocde)
David Zambrano has been a monumental figure in the international dance community for a quarter century, and his passion for cultural exchange continues to influence his work. Zambrano is an ambassador and liaison across many borders, bringing together artists from all over the planet for his projects. He has taught his own approach to dance in more than 60 countries, and has performed at hundreds of venues across the world. His pieces range from set choreography, structured improvisation, and pure improvisation. Born in Venezuela, Zambrano spent 15 years in New York, and now lives in between Amsterdam / Brussels.
Notable examples of his original projects of both solo and group work include: “A Song for two Humans”(2014), Lands in Love” (2013)My Fire Is Still Burning For You (2011), HOLES (2010), SHOCK (2009), Soul Project (2006), Twelve Flies Went Out at Noon (2005), Barcelona in 48 Hours (2004), The Rabbit Project/Proyecto Conejo (2003), Mandraking (2002), David Zambrano Invites…(2000), Acme (1999), Ballroom (1996), Proyecto: Z (1994), Red Blink (1994), Agua Fuerte (1993), Cancion de Diente (1993), Sabana (1990), Fetiche (1987), and Para Carmen (1984). He also founded the Festival de Danza Postmoderna in Venezuela in 1989 and was its director until 1993.
His performance work has been presented internationally by: ImpulsTanz (Vienna), June Events (Paris), Radialsystem (Berlin), Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona), Theater Frascati (Netherlands), Festival Aix-en-Provence (France), CODA (Norway), Konfrontance (Czech Republic), Tamperen International Theater Festival (Finland), Primer Taller Internacional de Danza (Cuba), and many others. In the U.S. his work has been seen at: Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, Dance Theater Workshop, P.S. 122, Movement Research, The Kitchen, Improvisation Festival/New York, and the Whitney Museum.
David Zambrano is the recipient of a 2010 Latin America and Caribbean John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. He has also received grants, awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Suitcase Fund administered by Dance Theater Workshop, the New York State Council for the Arts, The Jerome Foundation, and the Joyce Mertz Gilmore Foundation. Zambrano has been a panelist for the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Certamen Coreografico de Madrid, and the PARTS School for Contemporary Dance in Brussels. As a recognized artist of merit, he was granted special residency status by the Dutch government.