Body Weather is a comprehensive approach to training and performance that investigates the
intersections of bodies and their environments. Bodies are conceived not as fixed and separate
entities but as constantly changing – just like the weather. Weather is seen as a complex system of
forces and influences coursing through and beyond bodies and the world.
The term & philosophical basis for Body Weather was founded in the early 1980’s by dancer Min
Tanaka and further developed by Laboratories worldwide. Frank van de Ven was a member of
Tanaka’s Maijuku Performance Company in Japan, from 1983-1991. With Katerina Bakatsaki
he leads Body Weather Amsterdam, a platform for training and performance. Currently they are
regular guest teachers at the SNDO – School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam. For
more info on Body Weather Amsterdam see www.bodyweatheramsterdam.blogspot.com
This introductory workshop proposes a re-examination of the habitual body and it’s accompanying
mental structures as a means of indicating and reflecting upon possible areas of change in the
perception and the actual state of our own body and that of others. As a training, Body Weather is
of relevance to anyone interested in exploring the body and physical presence and this workshop is
suited to dance, theatre and movement practitioners and artists of various backgrounds.
The daily training-routine consists of:
– MB (mind/body, muscles/bones)
An energetic, dynamic and rhythmic movement work-out that observes the kinaesthetic sensitivity
and co-ordination potential of the body-in-motion while developing strength, endurance, flexibility
Structured and paced work with partners, concerned with breathing, stretching, alignment and the
notion of ‘relaxation’.
A wide forum of explorations including work on segmentation, different speeds within the body and
the notion of time, sensory investigation, spatial awareness inside and outside the body, image-to-
Emphasis is given on observation and feedback as a means to objectify experience and to sharpen
and articulate the perception of bodies.
25 April from 2 to 8pm
26 and 27 April from 11am to 5pm