workshop

Japanese calligraphy and the semiotics of  improvisation

In this workshop, we will explore the relationship between calligraphic practice and the semiotics of improvisation. We will examine the motion, weight, flow, and angles of brush strokes in depth, and study how the kinetics of calligraphy writing translate to body and sonic movement.

The workshop is consisted of two sections:

1. Lecture and  Lesson (literature & calligraphy)

We will look at slides to study traditional and contemporary Japanese Art, calligraphy and sumie. We will then pick a passage from a haiku, children’s story or poem, and practice writing it with ink, to learn basic Japanese and brush calligraphy strokes.

2. Performance
We will start from a light meditation, stretch, and somatic exercise. We will then examine how the kinetics of calligraphy writing translate to body and sonic movement, and develop our own notation system. At the end, we will perform a piece establishing our ability to improvise together in the creative act of composition. 

This workshop can be offered as a group or private session. You are welcome to take either 1 or 2, or both sections. For more information, please contact via email.

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