Liz Kinoshita (°1983) was born in Toronto, Canada and moved to Europe in 2002 to further study and work. In 2004, Liz participated in DanceWEB in Vienna, Austria, after which she studied at P.A.R.T.S. from 2004-2008.
Since graduating she has worked with various companies and choreographers, such as ZOO/Thomas Hauert, tg STAN, Eleanor Bauer/GoodMove, Tino Sehgal, Matija Ferlin, and Daniel Linehan/Hiatus, as well as making her own work. She has given contemporary dance workshops in Belgium, France, Sweden, Denmark and Canada.
In 2013 she made her research into the mechanisms of the musical. Alongside other projects, she is currently touring her work VOLCANO (2014). In February 2017 Liz premiered Radical Empathy, a work created on the graduating contemporary dance and choreography students of The Danish National School of Performing Arts. This spring, with Mat Voorter and Thomas Hauert, she will choreograph a new work on the Ballet Junior in Geneva, Switzerland. Liz is presently preparing a new creation You Can’t Take It With You to be premiered in Autumn 2017.
We will work on identifying dynamics in the musicality of our dancing, pushing our timing to optimize surprise and precision in our delivery. Using structured exercises in improvisation we will investigate what the tempo, pulse or time signature can do to the quality, tone, and weight of our movement and physicality in training. Via various strategies in coordination and dis-coordination we will address habits in moving and practice creating less usual directions in instantly composed dance phrasing. We will work in partners and trios focusing on incorporating resistance, impulse, and design within strict parametres to explore how a spectrum of tensions in dialogue and reflex can invigorate our dancing. We will work in large groups practicing spatial games and configurations with an interdependency that can be frustrating but rewarding, taking care of the consistency and architecture of the entire room. We will play with vocalizing and how this can inform and juxtapose against dance to produce exciting frictions. We will look at alignment and grounded-ness and lack thereof to examine what it can do to our physical expression. Working through impossibilities as tasks we will experiment with a range of performativity.
Photo by Giannina Urmeneta Ottiker