Project is dedicated to a small and closed group of Polish professional dancers.
Polish dancers should apply here.
The Tuning Score is an improvisational composition practice and performance research format that is a performance in itself. It offers tools and a framework for communication and a model of collaboration that is constructed by the players in the act of doing. As a practice of real-time editing and instant replay, Tuning is an aesthetic game and a self-balancing system that uncovers its intention each time anew.
The research focuses on the action of the senses– the physical base of the imagination. How does composition arise in the body and its environment? Focusing on vision, touch, and hearing, the scores and practices provoke spontaneous compositions that make evident our opinions about who/where we are, how each of us senses and makes sense of movement, initiating a playful and rigorous dialogue-in-action about space, time, movement, and the innate desire to compose our experience. These explorations give insight into performance and dance-making processes, cross disciplinary lines, and invite people of all ages and abilities to participate in the questions they provoke.
Over the last 25 years, choreographer and Tuning Scores initiator Lisa Nelson and her colleague Scott Smith have been interacting with populations in numerous and varied cultures. Tuning Scores have been applied to a wide range of questions about internal and external communication, branching out from the discipline of dance, where it is founded, to the new disciplines of somatic inquiry informing science and sociology. As a follow-up to a dynamic 5-day introduction to Tuning that Nelson guided [...where? a reference to my former visit?], this multi-week project of practice and public showings is a unique opportunity for Polish choreographers and public to go deeper into this dialogue.
Lisa Nelson is a dance-maker, improvisational performer, and collaborative artist who has been exploring the role of the senses in the performance and observation of movement since the early '70s. Stemming from her work with video and dance, she developed an approach to spontaneous composition and performance she calls Tuning Scores. She performs, teaches and creates dances in diverse spaces on many continents, and maintains long-term collaborations with other artists, including Steve Paxton, Daniel Lepkoff, Cathy Weis, Scott Smith, and Image Lab--a Tuning Score performance ensemble. Her writings have been published by Nouvelles de danse, Contact Quarterly, Writings on Dance, ballettanz, MovementResearch.org Critical Correspondance, and sarma.be/oralsite. She has co-edited Contact Quarterly dance and improvisation journal since 1977 and received a NY Bessie award in 1987 and an Alpert Award in the Arts in 2002. She lives in Vermont, USA.
Scott Smith is a composer and sound designer with a background in dance and performance practice. He makes theatre, works in bands, teaches and collaborates with a wide range of practitioners. Originally from Kansas, he is currently resident in the UK, from where he works internationally, composing for dance, theatre and video.
Lisa Nelson & Scott Smith have been collaborating since the early ‘90s, exploring the improvisational territory of Tuning Scores first with the group Image Lab in the U.S. In 2001, they created the duet format of GO which they have presented in festivals in U.K, Bratislava, Berlin, the U.S., Italy, Portugal, France, and Poland.