The central focus of the methodology “elements of desire”: the original cause of movement - its desire.

In this workshop the students explore the concept of desire as such and its basic components: what does the body desire and how does this desire allow for the body to become inhuman? What are the basic elements of metamorphosis of human body into inhuman? How does dance capture this transformation into/as an art object?

We begin with the natural body which is already programmed and enter a dialogue of its double: its current existence in the machine epoch, where technologies create forms: the machine creates new possibilities of a human body and the human preserves and records the alternatives of body states created by the machine.

Can dance become the existence of the body? Body always has a double: could I call it human? – and the bifurcation: to follow the body given (hedonism) – without knowing our desires we pursue their attainment or its opposite (stoicism), which opposes the program given.
If we accept these two beginnings: two options of interaction of these bodies to the outside world, we originate playing field of absurd, mechanism.

“Elements of desire” as a methodology is based on that exact mechanism: dance as a search of the gratification of desire of the body, which is unknown to itself.

Method of Valentin Tszin is based on 4 components:

1. Work with the physical body.

Warm-up exercises (joints, muscles, skeleton); exercises to strengthen the body centre, feeling of the periphery and their interactions; strengthening and relaxation, balance.
Techniques: combination of taekwondo, butoh and rhythmics.

2. Work with the conscious body.

Exercises of refusal of actions. Research of body polyphony: numerous variants of behaviour in the same situation. Sensation of individual patterns. Biomechanics. Metronome.

Based on drama and acting theatre techniques and Meyerhold’s biomechanics.

3. Work with the bodies in a group.

Improvisation on a given topic. Research of boundaries of oneself and the other. Construction and deconstruction of hierarchy of bodies in space. Modelling simple and complex schemes “presence – perception”.

We will use the theory of contemporary philosophers and sociologists.

4. Work with composition and dramaturgy.

Theory about existing strategies of creation of a public action (performance). Depending on the course, we will develop solo and/or group actions.

Basic keys: Stanislavsky, Meyerhold, Artaud, Hijikata, Brech

Berlin, 2016