The P.O.R.C.H. Improvisation and Training Module is for the aspiring professional: for dancers, improvisers, movement artists, and performers who are interested in a physical discourse engaging methods of contemporary dance training, somatic investigation, and improvisational forms.
This module is facilitated by Kathleen Hermesdorf, with weekly and weekend sessions by international guest artists, including Stephanie Maher, Scott Wells, Jennifer Polins, Peter Pleyer, Joy Mariama Smith with the Freedom to Move Caucus, and many more!
The P.O.R.C.H. Improvisation and Training Module is physically, energetically, and interactively demanding. Are you ready to dive deep?
We dance, improvise, and partner for six hours a day, from Monday to Friday, with special workshops, discussions, jams, saunas, performances, gardening and countryside walks in the evenings and on the weekends. We also undertake a work project that affects the land and communities in the village of Stolzenhagen, where Ponderosa and P.O.R.C.H. are based.
Participants in the module are a small and focused group, and receive individual, one-on-one mentoring and support, alongside working with the group as an entity. This unique and empowering social and artistic undertaking, with its strictly limited numbers, allows unparalleled creative development in an idyllic countryside setting.
The module focuses on practices that are grounded in the body and its intuition, inquiry, and instincts, incorporating artistic practices, life processes, professional development, and theoretical concerns around embodiment. Guest teachers will also lead sessions, allowing us to explore a more broad range of perspectives on how we can experience the contemporary body in motion and in art making today, while also offering direct exchange in cultural and field research.
P.O.R.C.H. honours the wisdom of experience in our intergenerational mentor program and inspires participants to learn communally and independently. Our international program and networking opportunities will give you many opportunities to discover new friendships, collaborations and a look into the contemporary art scene of Berlin.
The P.O.R.C.H. Improvisation and Training Module will take place from 3. June–1. July, 2018.
To apply, please send a current Curriculum Vitae and an accompanying letter of interest, which outlines your reasons for feeling that you are well-suited to participating in PO.R.C.H. 2018, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The P.O.R.C.H. Improvisation and Training Module is based around myriad interlocking somatic practices, conceptual positions, and collaborative physical approaches.
P.O.R.C.H. 2013: Poodles and Cats – a portrait of the P.O.R.C.H. Improvisation and Training Module, by In Kyung Lee.
How to apply
If you feel that you are ready to jump into the artistic transformation that P.O.R.C.H. allows, you can apply by email for either one or both modules, or for the P.O.R.C.H. Summer Package. Reductions in costs are available for participants who commit either to undertaking both modules, or to undertaking the summer package. We highly recommend committing to as long a stay at P.O.R.C.H. as is possible, for an expansive range of body-based techniques and compositional forms, to enliven your work as an artist, performer, improviser, or teacher. All details of costs and available funding and support are provided here.
To ensure that participants receive individual and unique mentoring, consideration, and feedback, places in all modules are strictly limited, and we recommend applying early.
To apply, please send a current Curriculum Vitae and an accompanying letter of interest, which outlines your reasons for feeling that you are well-suited to participating in PO.R.C.H.2018, by email to email@example.com.