4 - 8 Jul 2016

Improvisation Practice and Performance

Programa m.a.p.- Michael Schumacher y Kirstie Simson

Kirstie and Michael will be combining their extensive experience of dance improvisation in this workshop. They will be sharing what has kept them inspired in their practices for the last three decades. The workshop will include practical explorations of movement and attention. They will aim to develop and tune kinesthetic and perceptual awareness as a means of expanding experience and the grasp of what is available to us when we move. The classes will be about listening in the body and applying that listening to the activity of moving.

There is deep inspiration and rigor in a practice of improvisation that posits vulnerability at its heart. Developing the skills to care for, engage, respect and respond to that state of vulnerability gives life to improvisation that is powerful and transformative.

The work will be facilitated through exercises, open time for play and exploration, movement scores, observations and discussion. Much of the work will be experienced through partnering and connection with others, balanced with solo time for processing and reflection.

The workshop will tap into the dancers inherent kinesthetic awareness, and provide structures that offer the dancers own physical intelligence and range an open ground for exploration and integration. The workshop will be a forum for a shared learning experience between participants and teachers.Both Kirstie and Michael view their art form as their life practice, and they will share insights gleaned from thirty-two years experience of loving and living dance improvisation.

The course is designed for teachers as a unit and places of the people doing the two courses are prioritized.
Courses for professionals and advanced levels.

CANCELLED Saturday 9th July at 7pm students works presentation and Michael Schumacher and Kirstie Simson performance

Price of the workshop: 300€

If you pay before 2nd May you have a 30% of discount

If you belong one of those collectives you have discount

Residents artists and associated of La Caldera

20% discount

Mudances Friends 20% discount


20% discount

CSD students (Institut del Teatre de Barcelona) 20% discount

How to register?

Send an email to aula@lacaldera.info attaching a cv and specifying the courses you want to do.

To reserve a place is necessary to pay 50% in advance.

Once the course has begun the amount paid will not be returned under any circumstances.

Payment can be made by bank transfer or in cash at the offices of La Caldera (C/ Rabassa 44 bajos)
Office hours: Monday to Thursday from 10am to 2pm and from 15.30pm to 6pm and Friday from 10am to 14pm
International transactions must be in euros.

Please note that expenses are to be payed by the remitter.

Each student is responsible for their own accommodation and travel to where the workshops and laboratories are performed.

Michael Schumacher is a performing artist with roots in classical and modern dance. He has been a member of several groundbreaking companies, including Ballet Frankfurt, Twyla Tharp Dance, Feld Ballet, Pretty Ugly Dance Company, and Magpie Music Dance Company. As an independent artist, he has appeared in productions by Peter Sellars, William Forsythe, Dana Caspersen, Sylvie Guillem, Mark Haim, Paul Selwyn Norton, and Anouk van Dijk. Working as dancer, choreographer, and teacher, Schumacher has developed a unique approach to the discipline of improvisation. He has collaborated with many pioneering artists, includingHan Bennink, Katie Duck, Jirí Kylián, Mary Oliver, Kirstie Simson, and Alex Waterman. In 2008, Schumacher was awarded both the Gouden Zwaan and the Jirí Kylián Ring, the first dancer/choreographer ever to receive the two awards at the same time. Mr Schumacher resides in Amsterdam and gives workshops in movement analysis and improvisation worldwide

More about Michael Schumacher at La Caldera

Kirstie Simson has been a continuous explosion in the contemporary dance scene, bringing audiences into contact with the vitality of pure creation in moment after moment of virtuoso improvisation. Called "a force of nature" by the New York Times, she is an award-winning dancer and teacher who has "immeasurably enriched and expanded the boundaries of New Dance" according to Time Out Magazine, London: “Simson’s eternal subject is freedom, as she dares to go beyond the boundaries of form and structure to create movement out of the rhythm of life itself.” Kirstie is renowned today as an excellent teacher and captivating performer and a leading light in the field of Dance Improvisation. She currently holds a position at the University of Illinois, and continues to teach and perform all over the world!

More about Kirstie Simson at La Caldera

From 10am to 1pm Course with Kirstie Simson

From 2pm to 5pm Course with Michael Schumacher