KAIROS’ creative process is a collaborative one. Using choreographed phrases, improvisational methods, storytelling, movement and theater games, research materials (readings, personal stories, poetry, video and audio archives, etc.) and a healthy respect for whimsy, KAIROS creates a workshop environment that invites inspiration, allowing the creative process to breathe. Dancers are led through intense exchange and distillation to build compelling movement pictures; their artistry, physicality, intellect, vulnerability, and curiosity are continually called upon during rehearsals and performances. Collaborators’ expertise, imagination, and perspective are also layered into workshops and rehearsals, directly informing choreography and composition. In this way both dancers and collaborators are asked to find a deep connection to the work; their individual talents and commitment to craft play an integral part in what audiences see onstage.
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Listening Strategies cultivate deep connections between performers and elevate consciousness of the entire body and all its senses. Using Listening Strategies onstage allows the timing of movements and the relationships between dancers to be unique for every single performance.
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Action Theater is an improvisational physical theater training and performance method created by Ruth Zaporah. Its exercises isolate the components of action – time, space, shape, and energy – so they can be examined, experienced, and altered in order to expand the expressive palette.
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1,000 Voices is a movement practice developed by Paula Josa-Jones to both train the body and generate movement. Practitioners isolate, move from, and give voice to individual parts of the body in increasing granularity – from whole body movement to body halves, to a specific point on the body, to the space between two cells.
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Laban Movement Analysis (LMA)
Devised by the Hungarian-born dance artist and theorist, Rudolph Laban (1879-1958), Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) is comprised of a comprehensive vocabulary, theory and analytic framework for identifying and enhancing the many aspects of human movement. LMA examines movement through the interrelated components of Body, Effort, Shape and Space. How an individual uses and attends to these components determines his or her unique movement signature. Once these are identified, the potential for expanding one’s nonverbal communication and enlivened expressivity may be tapped.