Minako Seki – Master class and Performance

Minako Seki

Through imagination, we can connect consciousness with unconsciousness, as well as micro-cosmos with macro-cosmos. Imagination is our creative impulse and our motor for artistic expression. During the Master Class we use the power of imagination as main source, to evoke our senses and create natural quality in the physical principles of movement. Dancer, choreographer and teacher, founder of Minako Seki Company. Her artistic approach can not be separated from her personal philosophy of living, which in a wholistic way combines vipassana meditation, macrobiotic cooking and Japanese traditional body healing techniques.

 

  1. Sense Power: Exercises that will bring us to release inhibitions, awaken the mind-body connection, deepen our breath and warm our bodies.
  2. Hanging Body: In reaction to the gravity force, we experience that in our reality everything is falling down in the direction of the center of the earth. Like the objects, when we walk each step is falling in to the middle of earth. Experiencing how easy is to walk, we can feel this effortless sensation in all our movements. By using gravity, we can generate all movements as they would come out of the relaxed body; using it as a powerful impulse and motor of movement. We are all hanging from the earth.
  3. Water bag body: Based on the biological fact that our body contains over 80% water, we try to move our body as it would be a big water bag. We observe and experience the properties of a bag felt with water to apply them to our bodies. We can feel that when we are relaxed, we are able to react to the impulses and to all what surrounds us and find a very intense quality of movement. When we let go our body fall in the direction of gravity, we will get automatically a bouncing reaction. The re-bounce reaction of a fall is the dynamic of the dancing body.
  4. Tan Den: My source of energy is a little sun, that is situated in the centre of my body (in Japanese called Tan-Den). Through this little sun there is a thin thread, that on one end passes up through the crown of our skull all the way to the cosmos and on the other end is pulled straight to the centre of the earth. Locating and feeling this line is what will help us to bring all the mentioned principles together.
  5. Meditation: Every morning we will practice Vipassana meditation Technique learned from Ajhan Tong Sirimangalo. This meditation involves mindful bowing, mindful walking, mindful sitting. The movements can be extended to any activity, for example as a working meditation, for creating or improvising. We observe the perception of our senses, thinking and feeling and hereby we practice to concentrate our mind on the moment (here and now) as well as becoming aware of our patterns, to be able to break them if required. The resulting presence is the basis for all further workshop contents.

Bio

Born in Japan, Minako Seki lives and works in Berlin since 1986. Her first source of influence were the Japanese dancers Tetsuro Tamura and Anzu Furukawa. Both masters have in common a crucial consideration of human and emotional levels and the fusion of contemporary dance and physical theater with the classic Butoh dance technique. In her pieces Seki investigates the communication between the conscious and subconscious, the description of emotional states and the boundaries between reality and illusion.

DANCING IN BETWEEN

Since 1996 has been working as a director and choreographer under her own name. In doing so, she is always interested in interdisciplinary projects; for example she choreographed the opera “The Final Solution” by Peter Michael Hamel and collaborated several times in productions for performance groups like Showcase Beat le Mot (“Nazi Super Menschen sind euch allen überlegen” in DingDongDom, HAU and other venues, 2014-2016, “Animal Farm” in the Theater an der Parkaue, 2014, “1534” at the HAU, Theater in the Pumpenhaus Münster and WUK Wien, 2010-2013, “The Bremer Stadtmusikanten” at the Theater an der Parkaue, 2010) and the group She She Pop (“Ende” in FFT Düsseldorf and Schwankhalle Bremen, 2013-2015)

In the last two years, Minako Seki has been part of the project “We Women”, in collaboration with Spanish dancer Sol Picó, Shantala Shivalingappa and Julie Dossavi. The piece (twice finalist in the Spanish Max Prize Awards 2015 and 2016) had a great success in theaters such as the Grec Festival in Barcelona, Fabbrica Europa in Florence and FIBA Festival in Buenos Aires.

With her new production “Equilibrio Arcaico”, in 2016 Minako Seki entered the world of flamenco. The piece is the first step of her collaboration with the renowned dancer and choreographer Israel Galván. In 2017 they will realize an international Tournee with performances in important theaters such as Festival d’Avignon or Theatre de La Ville du Luxembourg between many others. She has brought her body technique and teaching method together under the „Seki Method“, that she teached in numerous workshops and master classes worldwide. She was guest professor at the Institute for Applied Theater Studies in Giessen, at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen and at the Hamburg University for Performing Arts, between others.