TŪĀHU: Choreographic workshops
The project will utilize three workshop models as provocations to explore performance technique, improvisation, collaboration, performance devising, solo choreographic creation and performance.
1. Te Toki Haruru (the resounding adze)
Choreographic origins, interdisciplinary/intercultural practices and performance training developed with the Te Toki Haruru conceptual platform, utilized from 1997 as an introductory level workshop for dancers, actors and performance artists.
2. Te Pou Rahui (the boundary post)
Pedagogy and Methodologies developed in response to the Te Pou Rahui workshop at Hoani Waititi Marae, 2002. Workshop provocations for hybridised practices (dance, body weather and performance art), exploring choreographic thresholds, the cultural precipice, transgression and liminality. Formulated for practitioners to initiate collaborative projects and/or exchanges between choreographers, directors, visual and performance artists.
3. He Wakahuia (the performance treasure box)
Pedagogy and Methodologies developed for the Indigenous Choreographic Laboratory (ICL) Workshop, Sydney, 2009. Developed for choreographic/performance archaeology, unearthing the performance artefacts of the choreographer/director and initiating critique models for indigenous creative practices and interculturaism. Formulated for experienced practitioners to evaluate their creative, performance and cultural histories.
TŪĀHU Workshop Outline and Content
An intensive 6-day performance workshop will convey The TŪĀHU Choreographic Research Project by Charles Koroneho, the research is philosophically intercultural and interdisciplinary in direction; concepts explored during the workshop are solo choreography, improvisation, performance devising and collaboration. On the final day of the workshop, participants will work with Charles Koroneho devising and incorporating production elements towards a directed showing of solo performances.
The TŪĀHU workshop will be structured into three learning situations:
Performance Training Classes
Morning sessions will consist of a 2-hour hybrid training class, alternating daily between:
• MB: Muscle - Bone is dedicated to body training and spatial preparation for performance. The sessions are designed to be fast paced, physically rigorous and are structured for participants to experience full expansion of their external body in the space.
• MB: Mind - Body sessions follow a similar spatial format of Muscle - Bone, but consists entirely of improvisational movement for training the imagination, how to utilize it freely within a performance training environment.
Both training classes conclude with a series of specific stretching and relaxation exercises concerned with breathing and alignment. The work is practiced in pairs or small groups, exchanging passive and active roles.
Choreographic Research Sessions
Afternoon sessions will operate as a research forum; workshop participants will experience specific exercises, improvisation and performance techniques from Dance, Body Weather and Performance Art. Drawing together these distinct influences, the workshop will explore hybrid training developed by Charles Koroneho, the generation of choreographic material and devising for solo performance.
Exercises are designed to sharpen focus and develop a diverse range of expression through the body. The work encompasses sensitivity training, structured improvisations and specific techniques for developing a body of internal landscapes, persona and characterizations by the use of imagery, developing the presence of the internal body within a performance workshop environment.
Daily sessions conclude with participants engaging in MB Rakau, a form of research merging MB with Mau Rakau (traditional Maori martial arts) developed by Charles Koroneho.
The performance presentation will engage the services of a performance designer to collaborate with Charles Koroneho and transform the workshop environment into a performance venue. It is the intention of the residency that the performance presentation is site specific and experimental.
A digital example of the He Wakahuia provocation sent to the participants of the first TŪĀHU workshop for 2013, Artist in Residence for the IndependANCE (AIR) Programme held in January 21 - 26 , 2013.