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The Art and Craft of Acrobatics – Fundamentals Workshop – London
February 18, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - February 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Tom Weksler is coming back to London to teach a brand new workshop. After plenty of requests and much thought, Tom has put together a new format of workshop that places emphasis on the acrobatic side of his work. This will be a two-day weekend workshop on the 18th and 19th of February 2017. We are really excited that Tom has chosen London as the first location to host his Art and Craft of Acrobatics – Fundamentals Workshop.
This two-day workshop will cover the basic ideas and principles which Tom considers a quality base for developing a personal acrobatic practice.
“The Art: Acrobatics for me is more of a movement quality or mind-set rather than a fixed discipline. It is actually a point of view more than anything else. The benefit is the ability to take instant risks and to see the world from an “upside-down” perspective which allows freedom through a skill-set. This skill-set can seem magical or mysterious from outside but in practice it feels natural and organic. An acrobatic approach can be applied to Dance, Martial Arts, Parkour and even Theatre. Furthermore, anyone can develop acrobatic abilities regardless of age or prior experience. The reason being that this approach does not depend on the execution of certain elements or flips but it’s rather an expression of a human body which is capable of not taking itself too seriously – a skilled body which can adapt to physical limitations and adopt new solutions to those limitations precisely and gracefully. This is my art-form and I believe anyone can benefit from becoming such an artist.
The Craft: The craftsmanship of acrobatics is very similar to the craftsmanship of a carpenter or a sculptor. It requires serenity and concentration while going through simple tasks for thousands and sometimes millions of times. Since this workshop will be held for only 12 hours, I cannot promise any achievement at all: any single achievement in the craft of acrobatics would usually demand an engagement of hundreds of hours and up to a lifetime of practice. With that being said, I can confidently share and give the first hours of this practice and suggest material which can open tremendous amounts of possibilities with the right dedication and consistency. Or in the words of Lao Tzu: “A journey of a million miles begins with a single step”. I suggest this first step. My approach to the technical aspect is what I call the “endless 8”: a basic work-frame which I use for establishing an acrobatic layout and perception. The elements which will be covered are rolls, handstands, long-steps, cartwheels, back-bends, twists, “macaco” variations and windmill variations. We will also examine how to string sequences with these elements and go through principles of the transitions which are just as important as the elements themselves.”
Tom has been practicing Capoeira, Martial Arts and different forms of acrobatic disciplines from a young age. Tom graduated in 2009 from “The Workshop For Dancers and Choreographers in Haifa”. Since 2010, Tom has been dancing with “Inbal Pinto and Avshallom Pollak Dance Company” and performed with the company’s productions in many theatres and festivals around the world. Tom is currently performing around the world the performance “Collective Loss Of Memory” – choreographed by “Rootlessroot” (Jozef Fruček and Linda Kapetnea) and produced by “Dot504”.
In 2014 Tom Created the Duet “SARU’ in collaboration with Mayumu Minakawa and performed it in various theatres around the world.
Tom’s movement workshops took place at Studios, Dojos and Festival around the world including:
Suzanne Dellal Center (Israel), Sandciel School for Circus Arts (Yakum, Israel) The place (London,UK), AFUK (Copenhagen, Denmark), Architanz (Tokyo, Japan), Kyoto International Dance Festival (Kyoto, Japan), Athletic Playground (Berkley, CA, USA), Electric Fish (Boston, Ma, USA), DanzCorp (Guadelajara, Mexico),Dance Center Culiacan (Culiacan, Mexico), Arnhemse Meisjes (Arnhem, Netherlands),N.W.N.S Academy (Bratislava, Slovakia), Yizong Bagua Martial Arts (Cologne, Germany), Potsdamer Tanztage (Potsdam, Germany), Flow Movement/Apex Movement (Boulder, Colorado, USA), Danse Oree de Bois (Montreal, Canada) and many more.
The seminar will take place at the East London Gymnastics Club (Beckton) with the following schedule:
Saturday 18 Feb: 1 – 7pm
Sunday 19 Feb: 1 – 7pm
If you are interested in booking and want further information please email us at email@example.com