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Barbara Berti


THE TACTILE ATTENTION

The class focus on one element of my practice, which is the use of gaze (visible eyes) and attention (invisible eyes). I work with some materials, coming from the method which I develop as research and choreographic language that is a tool useful in exploring creative and organic ways of improvising, connect in the body, interact with space and another dancer.
This method guide also throughout different states of mind and open the awareness between the inner, outer and middle space, which are co-existing in solo dance, group, contact improvisation, and performative situation. The ability to equalizing the attention of your own physical body, the breath, the external space, the gaze ad your sensing body.
We will slowly build the external attention, into the physical body, through the awareness of the eyes and the gaze. Building a multilayer web, within our physical body, and observing the movement of our gaze and attention to bring it into physicality. The class explores improvising moments in solo, duo trio, and group constellations.
The method is also part of the therapeutic sessions, that I am giving, individually. These sessions are compost from two methods ( ('Tactile attention' and 'Integration in the physical body') I developed and practiced, through the years. They are aiming to open, the ability to find yourself and the presence of your real essence within your physical-emotional body, and recognize your organization of the mind-self. Achieving integration, flow, creativity, and vitality.

 

Barbara Berti

Born and raised in Bologna, Italy, Barbara Berti bases herself in Berlin.
She works on her choreographic projects and collaborates with dance and theatre artists in performance artwork through Western Europe: Isabelle Schad, Tino Seghal,
Judith Seng, Gabi Schilling, and Bauhaus Dessau. She rooted her career in graphic design, physical theatre, dance, and meditation; continued studying different techniques in contemporary dance, contact improvisation, meditation, somatic works, and body-mind centering approaches. In her choreographic works, she is interested in issues of kinesthetic empathy and the embodied transmission of physical experience in the interaction with the audience. She is leading two contact improvisation weekly jams in berlin and a regular class of CI.

She received the Mibac funds in the last four years.
In 2014, winner dance prize HAU2-100Grad Berlin,with her solo “I am a shape in a shape, doing a shape”; with the Italian version it was selected in
Vetrina Gd’a 2016 and finalist in the Premio Gd’a 2017.
In 2017 Winner in ex-quo of the Premio Scenario with “Bau #2” – From the Series BAU ‘Choreography of thinking’. In 2018 she received the Funds from Mibac and “Crossing the Sea”. In 2017 and 2018 she was an artist supported by Tir danza. Since 2019 she is an artist supported by Ariella Vidach aiep.
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