Explorations on Presence: Yoga and Performance (and vice versa)

11.9.2016, 11.0018.00
Akademie der Künste
Pariser Platz 4
10117 Berlin, Germany
Two-day workshop with Itziar Okariz and Pascale Wettstein, in English
Sat–Sun, 10.–11.9.2016


This workshop is proposed as a exploration on yoga and performance and their specificity in relation to the boundaries that define them, paying particular attention to the meeting points between them; mainly the practice of presence. The workshop will focus on practical exercises, working through a practice of basic yoga that will lead us to the awareness of the body as a sign, the positional value of language and its performative dimension. It will also allow us to study the incarnation of movement, sounds, words, and its transformative potential in the relationship with the audience. The starting exercises will be shaped from open performances of the artist, still in process.

“… Words … only to some extent disembodied accidents of the living body … Words, English words, are full of echoes, associations … A word is not a unique and sacred entity, is part of other words, in fact is not a word until it is not part of a phrase …”

Fragments of a conference of Virginia Woolf, Craftsmanship, 1927.


Open Call for Application

We invite you to apply for participation in the workshop with a CV and short text stating your motivation, expectations, and experience in the field of both yoga and performance to cms@berlinbiennale.de until Thursday, September 8, 2016. The group will be conceived of a maximum of 15 people. The participation in the workshop costs 30 €.


With support of Acción Cultural Española