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As part of out unique online training Towards Vivencia, once a month we invite dance-artists we admire to talk to Jorge Crecis about Peak Performance Presence, how to sustain a long and successful career in the arts and what are the books and other resources our guests feed from.

Towards Vivencia in Conversation with Jorge Crecis, PhD

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As part of out unique online training Towards Vivencia, once a month we invite dance-artists we admire to talk to Jorge Crecis about Peak Performance Presence, how to sustain a long and successful career in the arts and what are the books and other resources our guests feed from.

    Pip Duke. Self-worth and achievement through dance-practice

    Pip Duke. Self-worth and achievement through dance-practice

    Fantastic conversation with the one and only Pippa Duke.

    We talked about her experience as a dancer with Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato. How Montessori pedagogy informed her teaching...

    And how teaching discipline and thorough technique can not only co-habit with the development of self-worth but actually is inseparable.

    You can also read more about her most recent projects:
    - Weekly classes at Laughton: HERE
    - Dancers' talking: HERE 
    - Laughton Lodge residencies: HERE
    You can email Pid directly at pippaduke@yahoo.co.uk to enquire about booking the space.  
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    • 50 min
    Gabi Serani. Flying Low

    Gabi Serani. Flying Low

    Gabi is a Chilean dance artist. She moved to London in 2011 for a BA (Hons) degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and then went on to gain a MA (Hons) degree from London Contemporary Dance School as part of an apprenticeship scheme with Ballet Lorent.

    She trained in Flying Low and Passing Trough with Leila McMillan and then with David Zambrano in Madrid, Brussels, Athens, Ecuador and Thailand. She moved back to Chile in 2017, working in companies such as Jose Vidal y Cia and teaching in dance, theatre and circus venues across the country.

    Her classes are a chance to explore some of the principles of Flying Low and Passing Through, within the conditions of a confined space. Warming up with a Chi Gong practice, focusing on a different element each day (Earth, Metal, Water, Wood, Fire), we then use our voice to guide our energy, looking for pathways with and within our bodies. We try, play and rave with the possibilities of virtually interconnecting with one another, on a physical, emotional and energetic level.
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    • 34 min
    Leticia Silva. The Cuban beast

    Leticia Silva. The Cuban beast

    Leticia Silva was born Born in Havana, Cuba.

    She began her studies at the Fernando Alonso National Ballet School in Cuba, graduating as a dancer-teacher, and later completing a degree in Dancing Art Studies at the University of the Arts in 2019.

    Leticia has been a professional performer working for international companies such as the National Ballet of Cuba and Acosta Danza over the last thirteen years. She has developed her practice in classical ballet, modern, contemporary, and Afro-Cuban techniques. During her career, she performed works by choreographers such as Alicia Alonso, Carlos Acosta, Christopher Bruce, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Pontus Lidberg, Justin Peck, Goyo Montero, Juanjo Arques, August Bournonville, George Balanchine, Jorge Crecis and Miguel Altunaga.

    Throughout 2021 she is preparing to be one of the ten international artists certified to teach Towards Vivencia methodology.

    As an artist, she is intrigued by the artist's experience during the performance, the ability to be present and fully live in real time. Silva is passionate about the idea of ​​awakening and transforming minds, freeing them through movement and full awareness of their actions.
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    • 47 min
    Jorge Crecis. Demystifying performance presence

    Jorge Crecis. Demystifying performance presence

    Throughout this term, all of our guest teachers have talked about the importance of training performance presence. This is at the core of TWV, so for the last week of term,  Jorge will be teaching class, sharing practical and concrete tools to train performance presence...

    Join his classes on the w/c  22th of March 2021 as part of the TWV Academy
    https://twvonline.academy/

    And as a special treat, for the final episode of Season 2 of the podcast, we are going live with Jorge and 3 special guests:

    -Bridget Lappin: TWV’s Assistant Director, co-author of Designing Presence, and veteran of TWV1
    -Nathan Johnston: Long time collaborator with Jorge and rehearsal assistant for 36
    -Molly Danter: Veteran of TWV2 and dancer in Jorge’s piece Agonal

    Join us as we chat about our experience with Designing Presence Training, the core of everything TWV does. Learn about how all these artists utilise the training across different areas of their lives, how its impacted them creatively, and how they can continue to develop their presence through TWV.

    Plus, we’ll chat about a few opportunities where you can experience TWV’s signature training method firsthand.
    Stay tuned for how you can join in.
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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Jos Baker. Doing ordinary things in extraordinary ways

    Jos Baker. Doing ordinary things in extraordinary ways

    In this 10th episode of the 2nd season, we talk with Jos Baker (UK/BE).  Jos is a choreographer dancer, actor, and teacher.  He started his dance training at the age of 7 with Oxford Youth Dance and then continued his formal education first at The Laban Center London and then at PARTS [Performing Arts Research and Training Studios] in Brussels. 
    From 2008 to 2014, Jos worked for Peeping Tom as a dancer, actor and collaborator, principally with the productions 32 Rue Vandenbranden [2009], and A Louer [2011]. Since then he worked briefly for DV8 Physical Theatre on the production of John [2014]. 
    Jos’ has choreographed a number of works and also directed and performed in Paris Fashion Week to promote Petit Bateau’s Cedric Charlier collection [2014] . On film, Jos made several music videos and short films, most recently as a dancer and choreographic assistant to Damien Jalet for Anima [2019], a Thom Yorke project directed by Paul Thomas Andersson.

    Join his classes on the w/c  15th of March 2021 as part of the TWV Academy
    https://twvonline.academy/
    From 34’ 35” onwards you can hear more about his class; but before and after that, do not miss: 
    The differences between the dance scene in the Uk and in mainland EuropeThe future of dance and dance artists to have on our radar.We put Jos on the spot and ask him to give us a small selection of those artists to keep an eye on. Here you have the first names that came to him:Mathilde Gillet: https://www.instagram.com/mathildegilhet/
    Chey Jurado: https://www.instagram.com/cheyjurado/?hl=en
    Akira Yosida: https://www.instagram.com/akirazrc/?hl=en
    B_ nonstop: https://www.instagram.com/b_nonstop/?hl=en



    A few quotes from our conversation: 

    “I think is the ideal is that what happens next in dance is unforeseen and unforeseeable… I hope it is that way”
    “It is not about presenting someone or something on stage as being perfect, or being above or better than the audience. The virtuosity of what they are doing actually exposes something about the humanity in all of us, so there is something relatable at the same time”
    “Performance presence is not something different than dance technique”
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    • 51 min
    Rob Hayden. Experiencing endings as gifts, and making a practice of that.

    Rob Hayden. Experiencing endings as gifts, and making a practice of that.

    I was re-listening the conversation while editing and cleaning the audio for this podcast and immediately it brought back the warmth, vulnerability, and shared empathy that I felt while talking to Rob. I am still deeply touched by the profound humanity he displayed throughout this conversation, by the amazing performing artists that by how, someone that I barely knew personally, I now consider a dear friend who I hope to have the chance to share a tea and a chessboard in not so distant future…

    In this 9th episode of the 2nd season, we talk with Rob Hayden (USA/BE). Rob was a  competitive gymnast for 13 years and in 1989 enrolled in the BFA curriculum for theatre and dance at the University of New Mexico. He joined Ultima Vez in 2002, performing in the creations Blush, Sonic Boom, PUUR, Spiegel and the revivals of What the Body Does Not Remember and In Spite of Wishing and Wanting. Since 2009, he has collaborated as director, choreographer, performer, and composer with various artists from both Belgium and abroad. His own work combines over 20 years of practical and theoretical research and experience into performance, dance, theatre, sound/music, voice and movement.

    From 10' 09" you can hear what his class will be like in detail. Do not miss the other themes we talked about in this very insightful conversation, mainly towards the end of the conversation where we dig deeper into how endings can be considered gifts.

    A few quotes from our conversation: 
    “Through online interactions and conversations with different people, it reinforced, for me personally, the need to really stay connected to myself and what is important to me, and to be able to clearly communicated that and articulate it in a way that was reaching the other somehow” 

    “by simply opening the door to myself and to the other to come it, it creates already a complicit between people involved in the conversation…. it gets very simple, very real, very fast”


    “by failing or making a mistake that’s where the trigger for the solution appears”   

    “by nature of the fact that I started as a gymnast… and did that for 13 years, I began to understand there is a certain aspect of discipline and rigor that is necessary for any creative endeavor or in life in general”

    “Who are we serving in this practice?  is it self-serving? or is it self-gratifying? or there is something more that we can be available for or open to in order to serve. We enter into a relationship with the work where we are  serving the work rather than ourselves or somebody else"

    “I experienced a lot of endings last year, and instead of being swallowed by the weight of it, I started to learn how, very slowly and still working on it, those things as gifts as opportunities for transformation, to recognise the natural order of things and try not to resist it”

    Join his classes on the w/c  8th of March 2021 as part of the TWV Academy
    https://twvonline.academy/







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