Slow Tempo Workshop

JULY 8-14, 2018

Peter Kyle Dance is delighted to offer the 9th annual workshop in Slow Tempo at Bearnstow on Parker Pond, an inspiring wooded lakeside retreat in Mount Vernon, Maine. The workshop is for dancers, actors, choreographers, directors, teachers, and anyone interested in learning about movement.

Slow Tempo is an approach to physical performance that incorporates a slow movement practice with an improvisational sensibility. Taught by choreographer Peter Kyle and actor Scott Giguere, the Slow Tempo workshop combines the physical training method of Japanese theater director Shogo Ohta with contemporary dance techniques with the goal of training individuals to appreciate the moment-to-moment fact of one’s “being here.” Slow Tempo has broad application in all of the performing and creative arts, and provides opportunity for learning valuable life skills through contemplative practice. This work helps individuals develop:

  • Improved concentration
  • Sensitivity to the totality of thought and motion
  • Greater efficiency in use of the body
  • Refined skills in composition and silent narrative

Daily sessions begin with a thorough full-body warm-up, instruction in Slow Tempo technique, and structured improvisations allowing for free exploration of moving in extreme slowness where Ohta believed “we find fresh expression to defamiliarize our daily experience—to look again.” Throughout the week all participants will develop their own movement composition to be performed on the final day of the workshop. Subject to enrollment, returning workshop participants or practitioners with equitable experience will work in select breakout sessions that focus more deeply on applying the principles of Slow Tempo to self-generated work.

Personal time and work time are balanced to allow for ample reflection and contemplation, giving all participants opportunity to experience the richness of Bearnstow’s beautiful setting. The program is ideal for anyone interested in movement, performance, physical presence and composition, regardless of age, experience or ability.

This is a wonderful and affordable opportunity for immersing yourself in quiet discovery and reflection while engaging in stimulating dialogue, sharing delicious and wholesome meals, and taking advantage of all the activities the beautiful setting has to offer: swimming, canoeing, hiking, listening to loons calling, and berry picking…. Join us!

Click HERE to apply now online.
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