RAM Body Workshop | Winter Day, Let the Mind Move
Nov 28, 2021 Sunday 09:00 - 11:00
3F, Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 20 Huqiu Road)
Sunday morning, come and exercise at “Huqiu Park”. We will bring the spirit of the park to life: the dynamic equilibrium between stillness and movement, an everlasting state of easiness and endless vitality, to inspire the mind through the warm current of art.
The workshop will start from park-style morning exercise, evoking your body and cells through breathing exercise, mind calming, yoga stretching, balance exercise and dynamic meditation. Then through a series of exercises focusing on the body, behavior, each other and the environment, let’s deepen individual’s and collective’s acuity and creativity to immerse in the present. Finally, let everything to sprawl into an improvisational performance for ourselves and for each other.
“Huqiu Park” on view at John Armleder’s solo exhibition is a collaboration between him and photographer Leslie Zhang. With the floating blocks of memories containing heterogeneous elements inlaid in the “park”, a serene field that tends to “seduce” people to feel lost in reverie is constituted. We’ll embrace the serenity and “seduction”, dedicated ourselves to the ambience of the field and activating our body and mind bit by bit to truly put it into practice that “process is creation and art is life”.
Chiayi Seetoo (Jess) is dedicated to performing arts practice, research, and education. Her interests include dance and physical theatre, body and new media, documentary formtheatre, and improvisation. Moving in the flows and breaks between languages, signs, and embodied experiences, she continues to create cross-disciplinary projects and investigate the relationship between humans and their environments. She holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from UC Berkeley and is an associate professor at Shanghai Theatre Academy. She has danced with Legend Lin Dance Theatre (Taiwan), Cie Felix Ruckert (Germany), and Stephan Koplowitz project (USA) and now works to integrate performance art practice with theory and education.
She holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from UC Berkeley and is an associate professor at Shanghai Theatre Academy. Recent performance art and educational projects include: movement workshop series Moving in Retrospection (West Bund Museum); public art performance Time·Infinity and community documentary theatre workshop Tongli Stories (Jiangnan Historical Watertown Conservation Conference in Tongli, Suzhou); curation of Stories in the Flow, An Ecosystem of Alliances at The 13th Shanghai Biennale (Power Station of Art, Shanghai); workshop and site performance In/Out of Site, Remolding Performance (“Return to Zhabei Park” community theatre project, Ming Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai);dance Realms of the Liminal (in conjunction with Infinite Things, the solo exhibition of artist Guo Donglai, ICICLE Space); new media performance Myself and I in the Stream of Virtual Subconsciousness (Hyundai Art+Tech project, Yuz Museum, Shanghai); actor for Two Swords, directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna (as The Queen; Beijing Lin Zhaohua Theatre Festival, Shanghai Modern Drama Valley Festival); dance Original Colors·Body Matters (Bauhaus centennial event, Xintiandi, Shanghai), new media theatre Avatar·Mythology (China Shanghai International Arts Festival commissioned work).
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Fee: 150RMB per person