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summer main event

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b12 summer main event


location: eden***** studios


Matan Zamir & gal naor

the progressive wave


The direct route

In this workshop, we will share our artistic practice, which is devoted to an advanced physical exploration that constantly corresponds with philosophical and spiritual teachings. Our focus is the body, allowing it to be the root, channel, altar, and ultimately the shining expression of our unique identities. We will tune in with conscious meditations and mental release. Improvisation will be used as a strategy to unlearn the habits of the mind. We will investigate our entire sensorial experience, sense perception, and states of awareness among diverse physical and emotional conditions to expand how we perceive our body-mind. As a result, we will enrich our artistic skills as creative performers and find direct routes to our infinite source of creativity.

some workshops offer group improvisation or partnering. these workshops elements may or may not be possible and the teachers and choreographers will modify their workshops accordingly in line with the health and safety measures required at the time. please stay flexible. thank you!

Matan Zamir is an Israeli, Berlin-based choreographer, performer, and founder of matanicola and The progressive wave performance companies. In 1996, he graduated from Manor Kabri high School of arts in both dance and music departments. In 1996, he moved to Tel Aviv and joined the Batsheva Dance company under the artistic direction of Ohad Naharin. In 1997, he was a scholarship recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation as an outstanding dancer in Israel. Since moving to Berlin in 2002, he has worked with Sasha Waltz & Guests dance company in a few productions as a creative performer, as well with Benoit Lachambre, Michaela Casper, Kiriakos Hadjiioannou, Julian Rosefeldt, Hanayo and Peaches, among others. In 2005, he founded the collaborative duo matanicola with Italian choreographer and performer Nicola Mascia. Their body of work includes eight evening-length pieces, site-specific creations, festivals curation, installations, and improvisation projects. Their work was extensively presented in international festivals. In 2014, together with Gal Naor, he founded The progressive wave collaborative performance project. They produce a variety of works and activities, from dance and theater productions to art installations and site-specific performance projects. Matan Zamir is regularly teaching contemporary movement research classes and leads various workshops internationally. He is mentoring young choreographers in their first works and offers dramaturgical support.

www.theprogressivewave.com / www.matanicola.com

Gal naor is a berlin-based performance artist, Israeli sign language interpreter, choreographer, and founder of the progressive wave. in his work, he deals with the relations between language, culture, and identity. in 2004, he graduated from the theatre department of thelma-yellin high school of the arts. in 2008, he received a scholarship from the america-israel cultural foundation for his video-dance series inserts. in 2010, he graduated a four-year program of performance studies at the school of visual theater in jerusalem and collaborated as a creating performer with the duo-choreographers matanicola in their dance creation, what on earth, which was presented in akko theater and hangar-hanamal in jaffa. in july 2011, he received his diploma in israeli sign language interpretation at bar-ilan university in ramat-gan, israel. since 2012, his poems have been published in maayan magazine for poetry, prose, arts, and ideas. in 2014, together with matan zamir, he founded the berlin based company the progressive wave. in 2015, gal was invited by wildwuchs festival to participate in the watch&talk discussions panel in basel, switzerland, which dealt with otherness and disability in the world of dance and performance. in 2017, he was invited by theater thikwa to join the artistic creation of schweigen impossible. gal is regularly leading inclusive and accessible workshops to diverse communities, and accompanying emerging artists during their creative processes.


The progressive wave

the progressive wave is a collaborative performance project based in berlin, founded in 2014 by israeli performance artists and choreographers, gal naor and matan zamir. they produce a variety of works and activities, from dance and theatre productions to art installations and site-specific performance projects. they offer an inclusive space that welcomes people with mixed abilities, with or without experience in performing arts. they aim to spread the knowledge of spiritual understanding through the experience of the dancing body. their artistic goal is to bring together choreography, performance art, and visual art, along with political and spiritual content in a thought-provoking theatrical setting. their first creation, bodieslanguage, created in 2014 in collaboration with the berlin-based duo matanicola, consists of eight international deaf and hearing performers, founded by the capital culture fund of berlin, hauptstadtkulturfonds, and co-produced by theater freiburg, and ballhaus ost, berlin. in 2016, with the support of id festival berlin, they embarked on their innovative performance trilogy, science of signs - a theatric triptych exploring the relations between science, performance, and philosophy. the progressive wave members are leading international workshops and classes that revolve around the study of consciousness in relation to the moving body.



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