Master Class « Peeping Tom Company – Physicology and creative tools » – Jos Baker

Physicology works with a combination of analysis and experimentation to develop a deeper understanding of the physical, psychological and evolutionary principals that effect human movement. The work looks at ways of deepening physical and intellectual understanding of how movement can work while also developing tools to handle some of the psychological factors that can hold us back in learning and in performing. These principals are then expanded through both fixed material and improvisation, building to richly detailed, technical and highly physically dance phrases.  As the classes develop the emphasis turns to performativity and musicality while keeping a fun and high energy spirit of exploration.

Creative tools is an exploration of ways of making material for stage performance. Exploring physical extremes and characterisation; this workshop will look at ways of creating scene ideas using theatrical and physical tools, and then on how to develop and refine those ideas.  How does a dancer approach character, how does a character dance?  We explore methods of generating material that play with the personality, image, and the strengths and weakness of the individual in the attempt to find unique and specialised material.  Much of this work is inspired by Jos Baker’ experience working with Peeping Tom.

Jos Baker:

From 2008 to 2014, Jos Baker worked for Peeping Tom as a dancer, actor and collaborator, principally with the productions 32 Rue Vandenbranden (2009), and A Louer (2011). Since then he worked for DV8 Physical Theatre on the production of John (2014), then began directing and performing in the promotional events for Petit Bateau’s Cedric Charlier collection. Other stage work includes In the process of… (2009) by Zoi Dimitriou and Plastic Junkies (2014) by Antonin Comestaz.

On film Jos Baker made several music videos and short films, as well as several commercials. He has created several of his own works, including: Afla (2008), Creature Man Don’t Tell Me (2008), Feedback (2009), What do you do? (2015), We were youth (2016), Tidal Breath (2016), Let us not ask where it leads (2016), Understanding Sugar (2017) and Of no fixed abode (2017).

He also teaches internationally, offering a range of classes and workshops for professional dancers at intstitutions including SEAD, Ballet Junior de Geneve, PARTS Summer School, TrinityLaban, The Place, Amsterdam Theatre school, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Codarts, Deltebre Dansa, El Danseu Festival, Tripspace Projects, Ravnedans, Jetsummer, Staatstheater Kassel and many others.

He started his dance training at the age of 7 with Oxford Youth Dance and then continued his formal education first at The Laban Center London and then at PARTS (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios) in Brussels. Throughout this training he has studied many techniques and approaches, including Ballet, Release, Cunningham, Graham, acting, Capoueira, Popping, Salsa, Tango, Contact Improvisation, Flying Low, Passing through, Forsyth improvisation Technologies, Labanetics, Physiology and Physics.

Timetable: !! Disclaimer: the timetable has been changed. Please check the right schedule below !!
Monday, 20.05.2019 | No Master Class
Tuesday, 21.05.2019 | 12.00-17.00
Wednesday to Friday, 22.-24.05.2019 | 10.00-15.00
Level: Professionals, pre-professionals and Conservatory seniors
Language: English
Price : Free entrance after application – limited places

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