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Improvisation in the exploratorium berlin

    • for music and other arts,
    • for professionals & amateurs,
    • for young & old …
    • for educators and scientists
    • for all with curiosity and desire for artistic expeditions

We understand improvisation as a kind of artistic everyday language, which is suitable as an introduction to music making as well as an art form on a high level.

We offer the whole range: concerts, workshops & courses, ensembles, open sessions, discussions and a library.
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2022fri07oct(oct 7)10:00sun09(oct 9)15:00FeaturedSeki Method Workshop10:00 - 15:00 (9) exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance Clearn:Weekend Workshop facilitator: Minako Seki

Workshop Minako Seki

facilitator

Minako Seki

Zeit/Time

Friday, 07. 10. 2022 | 10:00 - Sunday, 09. 10. 2022 | 15:00

Ort/Location

exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance C

Inhalt/Content

Details || Registration form

The Minako Seki Method departs from imagination and the endless possibilities of it. 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 workshop we use the power of imagination as a main source, to evoke our senses and create natural quality in the physical principles of movement.

Basic Principles of the Seki Method:

• Sense Power: Exercises that will bring us to release inhibitions, awaken the mind-body connection, deepen our breath and warm our bodies.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

 

In times of Corona, special rules also apply in the exploratorium, which are summarized here.

2022sat08oct17:0021:00FeaturedFamily night at the exploratoriumOpen program for young and old17:00 - 21:00 exploratorium berlin, studio 1 & 2young explo:weekend and holiday workshop facilitator: Julia Dorsch, Lukas Macher, Matthias Schwabe, Ursula Seeger

Familiennacht exploratorium berlin

facilitator

Julia Dorsch, Lukas Macher, Matthias Schwabe, Ursula Seeger

Zeit/Time

Saturday, 08. 10. 2022 | 17:00 - Saturday, 08. 10. 2022 | 21:00

Ort/Location

exploratorium berlin, studio 1 & 2

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In both halls of the exploratorium, visitors young and old can discover mysterious sounds and shadows.

In room 1 (staircase C), the KlangSpielFeld awaits you – we will explore dark tones and brightly shining sounds and create a night in the sound forest together. A guided improvisation game will take place at 17:30, 18:30, 19:30 and 20:30 – in between you are free to explore the crazy instruments of the exploratorium. No previous musical experience is necessary.

In room 2 (staircase D) there is an open offer of shadow plays to participate in – objects are created from paper and we bring them to life in the shadows. What kind of stories do our shadows experience in the World of Change?

 

All regulations currently valid in the exploratorium are summarized here.

2022thu13oct20:00FeaturedNicols – Kraabel – Hug20:00 exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance Cstage:Improvisation International

Zeit/Time

Thursday, 13. 10. 2022 | 20:00

Ort/Location

exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance C

Inhalt/Content

Reservation

Maggie Nicols (GB) – voice, tap dance
Caroline Kraabel (US/GB) – saxophone, voice
Charlotte Hug (CH) – viola, voice

Caroline Kraabel and Charlotte Hug share a vocal-musical elemental force with the vocal pioneer Maggie Nicols. Diva and clown, madness and profundity – everything is possible, but the performance is always authentic and original. Together, the three voices abandon the preconceived and tap into the directness of the pre-verbal. “There is sensitivity and softness, tempered by an approach that eschews limits so that surprises abound. At times the instruments seem like props for the voice, but most of the time there is an egalitarian process, where all three merge as one. The ranges of all three are similar, too, weaving lines that meld and then unravel mysteriously.” (Steven Loewy, Cadence 2002) Their music “is pure gold”. (François Couture, All-Music Guide 2002)

Individually each of the three musicians pursues distinct artist endeavours. Charlotte Hug’s solo work explores the performance potential of unusual; Caroline Kraabel’s emphasizes the uniqueness of live performance whether with her group of 20 female saxophone players, Mass Producers, or her one-woman mixed-media performance pieces; and Maggie Nicols has a long and rich association with improvised music and workshop projects which explore the liberating, empowering and transformative potential of improvised music.

Maggie Nicols is a renowned pioneer of European improvised music (Feminist Improvising Group, Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Centipede, The Gathering etc.) with over forty years experience of improvisation in performance, life and teaching. She explores sound, the voice and creative energy in all their magical diversity. Caroline Kraabel is an improvising saxophonist and composer, conductor and creator of pieces for large improvising ensembles (London Improvisers Orchestra, Grand Groupe d’Improvisation Libre etc.). She explores methods allowing large groups of musicians to improvise together, skirting chaos in stimulating, fruitful and unusual ways. Charlotte Hug is a Swiss composer, performer and visual artist. She is internationally known for her innovative musical and visual improvised solo performances for viola, voice and interdisciplinary Son-Icons (sound-drawings). She has received a plethora of awards, including residencies in London, Paris, Berlin, Johannesburg and Shanghai.

On the days after the concert (October 14–16, 2022), Charlotte Hug will give our current special workshop: My Instrument: A Voice Unlimited – My Voice: An Instrument Unlimited

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maggie_Nicols
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caroline_Kraabel
https://www.charlottehug.com/en/

Admission: 15/12/8 € (normal price/reduced/Berlin-Pass)

19.00 soundwalk with Thomas Gerwin

 

The concert will also be streamed live via our YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/exploratoriumberlin

 

All currently valid Corona regulations in the exploratorium can be found here.

2022fri14oct(oct 14)18:00sun16(oct 16)15:00FeaturedMy Instrument: A Voice Unlimited – My Voice: An Instrument Unlimited18:00 - 15:00 (16) exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance Clearn:Weekend Workshop facilitator: Charlotte Hug

Workshop mit Charlotte Hug

facilitator

Charlotte Hug

Zeit/Time

Friday, 14. 10. 2022 | 18:00 - Sunday, 16. 10. 2022 | 15:00

Ort/Location

exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance C

Inhalt/Content

Details || Registration form

The essential is invisible to the ears. Unless the eye can hear.

“Special Workshop” with Charlotte Hug for instrumentalists and singers interested in transdisciplinary collaboration.

Artistic translations and transdisciplinary references often show new entrances and ways into improvisation and creation. Through the playful audio-visual creativity method with Son-Icons, transdisciplinary references are revealed and tested.

Using the instrument as a creative voice and our own voice as a versatile sound instrument, we explore the individual blind spot of creation. The focus is on musical-vocal improvisations in the interstices of sound, gesture, language, image and beyond stylistic and cultural boundaries.

In the laboratory and with individual coaching, new musical discoveries are artistically sharpened and integrated into solo and ensemble playing. Three days of creation and improvisation with a lot of playfulness, systematics and inventiveness.

Charlotte Hug will be in concert with Maggie Nicols and Caroline Kraabel on Thursday 13 October.

 

The current Corona rules are summarized here.

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Why Improvisation?

Improvisation offers the opportunity to invent music, and to do so without notation. Moreover, this form of creativity is special because it takes place in a group setting. Like in a good conversation, the players develop ideas, which they would not have been able to find otherwise, by inspiring each other.

In the exploratorium we focus on so-called free improvisation, which needs neither scales nor harmony or rhythm schemes. The sound as such is the basis of music invention.

Lerning improvising and improvising learning is about collecting experiences in forming music, understanding music „from the inside out“ and getting involved in the musical flow. That requires alertness in every moment and intense listening to the other players as well as to the collective musical process.

Free improvisation means taking responsibility and contributing your own impulses while simultaneously adapting to a collective at any moment. Learning this is learning for life. To experience this in concert means to participate in a special adventure.

 

The exploratorium berlin
enables:

amateurs & musicians

to gain first experiences with improvisation and to establish contacts

 

teachers

to get to know concepts for lively improvisational music making

improvisers

to deepen their own abilities, gain new experiences and get to know new players

musicians & ensembles

to perform, also in collaboration with artists from other fields

curious listeners

to experience concerts from young ensembles or internationally known musicians