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Research&Creation Lab with Rafael Alvarez

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Research&Creation Lab with Rafael Alvarez // Bodybuilders (PT)
20 & 21st April 2018
Inscriptions and more info at danslab.be@gmail.com

This workshop is open to participants of all ages, all levels and backgrounds - amateurs and
professionals, wishing to develop a creative spirit of research in contemporary dance.

Dress up the dance - costume as second skin. Reversed strip-tease dance series.
The body as a scenic installation, a choreographic landscape and a moving sculpture. Body and costume on the border between the periphery and the center of the action. Protagonism of the body by its absence and dissimulation. Strategies of camouflage of the body to reveal the detail and the intensity of each gesture realized in canvas. Choreographic and cinematographic view on the ritual of undressing - dressing the body. Hide to reveal.

In this two-day workshop the choreograher/dancer/teacher
Rafael Alvarez, proposes to work towards the research and creation of identities in movement and the sketching of characters through the exploration of different processes of revelation and confinement of the body from the exploration of different costumes and fabrics as a starting point for a choreographic, visual and dramaturgical research.
The two days of work will begin with a collective warm-up, development of movement exercises, improvisations and choreographic strategies - an invitation to immerse yourself in the world of contemporary dance and in the world of the creator Rafael Alvarez, to explore opportunities to develop a personal vocabulary and enrich improvistation and composition tools.

*Each participant must bring one or more clothing or costumes or even pieces of fabric that may be visually interesting and have a scenic/performative potential.

SECOND SKIN | Contemporary Dance Workshop was previously organized in Paris (Studio Bleu, Dec 2017) and in Lisbon (FOR Dance Theatre / Companhia Olga Roriz, Dec-Jan 2018)

Schedule :
Friday from 7pm to 9.30pm
Saturday from 2pm to 7.30pm

Jeugdcentrum Aximax
J.W. Wilsonstraat 19
1000 Brussels

All info and inscriptions at danslab.be@gmail.com

Rafael Alvarez (1976, Lisbon)
Choreographer and dancer, set and costume designer, researcher and teacher.
His choreographic work has been presented since 1997 in Europe, South America and North America, Middle East, Asia and Africa. During the last 20 years he has investigated and developed in his choreographic processes a plastic dimension of movement and composition, revealing a strong visual component in the construction of body and space.
In 1997 he created his first show "Go rest my, I close the doors", a concert-performance in collaboration with the visual artist Pedro Valdez Cardoso. Since the creation of this initiatic piece, a significant part of his work has been distinguished by the creation and interpretation of solos that continue to mark the international tour of his work such as "Ar.Condicionado" (1998), "Self-Service" 1999), TØ (2001), Last Call
two-day workshop, the participants will be invited by portuguese
(2005), "Private Collection" (2007), "Fatigues" (2009), or more recently "Haute Couture" (2010) and "sweetSKIN" (2012) among others. Alongside the direction of group pieces - "Match Nulo" (Festival Danças na Cidade, Centro Cultural de Belém, 2002), "Blue Bob / Blowing in the wind" (2006, Teatro del Fiumi / Italy), "Bosque" ( 2001/2010, Maria Matos Theater and FID Belo Horizonte / Brazil), "Prêt-à-Porter" (2011, Plural_Companhia de Dança / Centro Cultural de Belém) and "Long Distance Call" (2009, Plateaux Festival / Künstlerhaus Mousonturm / Frankfurt). MIXED FEELINGS (2016), his most recent group piece for four dancers was co-produced and premiered on the stage of Culturgest / CGD Foundation (Lisbon).
He directed during the first half of 2017 the first edition of the S-O-B Labs cycle :: SOLOS; OBJECTS & BIOGRAPHIES_Research and Choreographic Creation Labs / BODYBUILDERS developed between Paris and Lisbon. Currently developing the research and creation project - IN THE RANGE OF A WAVE (support Gulbenkian Foundation and DGartes) and the WAVE Project resulting from a cooperation with Japan, with artistic residences and presentations in Portugal, Paris, Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo (2017-18).
Alvarez has invested in depth in the relation of Dance with the Community and in the collaborative dimension of the artistic practice of dialogue and intervention with the world. He has been teaching since 1998, contemporary dance and inclusive dance, developing national and international community dance training and cooperation projects, involving people with disabilities, seniors, people with Parkinson's, children, students of artistic and vocational higher education and artists in general. In 2001 he created the project Contemporary dance for +55 & Seniors, a project he has been directing since then integrating regular classes and workshops. Certified teacher by the international program Dance for PD®/ Mark Morris Dance Group/Brooklyn Parkinson's Group (New York) integrating the team of the project Dançar com Parkinson - Dance Classes for People with Parkinson's and Caregivers (Lisbon). Inclusive Dance Teacher, artistic coordinator of Plural_Inclusive Dance Company and assistant coordinator of Casa das Artes at Fundação LIGA (since 1998). During the first semester of 2018 he teaches Improvisation at FOR - Dance Theatre Training Course from Companhia Olga Roriz (Lisbon). He was a lecturer in Movement and Education for Art at the Leiria / IPL Higher Education School and in the Postgraduate in Dance-Therapy at the Autonomous University of Lisbon. He has conducted workshops and labs in Portugal, Spain, France, Hong Kong, São Tomé and Principe, St. Petersburg, Dubai, Buenos Aires, Miami and Washington. He has participated in various meetings and conferences in Portugal and abroad.
He has developed research and creation dance residencies in Lisbon, Évora, Faro, Montemor-o-Velho, Seville, Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Miami and Tokyo.
As performer/dancer he collaborated in shows and projects of choreographers - Francisco Camacho / EIRA (PT), Christian Rizzo (FR), Lynda Gaudreau / Lucky Bastards (CN / FR), and theater director Luis Castro / Karnart, among others.
PhD in Communication, Culture and Art from the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences of the University of Algarve. Post-graduated in Communication Sciences - Contemporary Culture by FCSH of Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Graduated in Stage and Costume Design and in Theater and Education by the Superior School of Theater and Cinema of the Lisbon Politechnic. He has attended national and international training in contemporary dance, performance, improvisation, composition, dramaturgy, dance-therapy and inclusive dance. Between 2000 and 2002 he was a fellow grant recipient in Dance of the National Center of Culture (Lisbon). International member of the Foundation for Community Dance/People Dancing (UK). Collaborating research member of CHAIA - Center of History of Art and Artistic Research of University of Évora.
Associated artist of EIRA in Lisbon (since 2005). Co-founder of ANKA - Inclusive Dance Company of São Tomé and Principe. Co-founder and artistic director of the cultural association – BODYBUILDERS.