Sep 8, 2016 7:00 PM
DANCE PHRASES AND SOUND SENSOR IMPROVISATION
WORKSHOP. Choreographer & dancer, Tami Stronach collaborates with multi-media artist & musician Tomáš Dvořák (Floex) to present an interactive dance & music workshop.
All dancers at any skill level are welcome.
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THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 8, 7-9PM in the Ballroom
Czech Center New York’s flagship project in 2016 is entitled Prague-New York Effects and it epitomizes our mission towards creating enduring transatlantic collaborations. This project brings renowned Czech and American artists together, unifying them in the common dialogue of the creative process to birth original performance duets. These performances have their world premieres in both countries. We have witnessed the birth of three successful effects to date.
The Fourth Effect boasts the artistry of film star, dancer and choreographer –Tami Stronach and the Wizardry Czech multi-media artist Tomáš Dvořák aka FLOEX.
Part of the Prague-New York Effects project includes workshops given by the participating artists. Tami and Tomáš have formulated a unique workshop entitled, Dance phrases and sound sensor improvisation.
In this workshop Tami and Tomáš will share the ideas they are working with as they collaborate on the materials they will be generating for the upcoming Prague-New York Effects performances. Students will be guided in creating short original dance phrases using approaches to movement creation that Tami has cultivated over a decade. They will then have an opportunity to interact with sound sensors that Tomáš provides. The workshop will invite participants of all dance abilities to creatively engage with the tools and processes that the artists will be utilizing as they work to find common ground artistically and culturally.
At a time when there is a significant tension worldwide over how we approach and engage with cultural and racial differences, artistic collaborations like the ones made possible through the Prague-New York Effects program are all the more timely and relevant. In this workshop they will practice improvisatory techniques that ready ourselves as artists (and citizens of the world) to enter collaborative uncharted spaces with sensitivity; to tune into our senses and uncover direction and meaning in the actions we generate as a group.
Tami Stronach is an Israeli-American dancer, choreographer and actress. Since appearing as The Childlike Empress in The Never Ending Story she has been creating Interdisciplinary work that explores the intersection of dance and theater. She founded her own dance company "Tami Stronach Dance" which tours worldwide. Since its' formation in 2000 the company has been commissioned and or presented by over 20 venues in NYC including Danspace Project at Saint Marks Church, Dance New Amsterdam, Dance Theater Workshop, Joyce Soho, Joe's Pub, and PS122 among others. Tami is a recipient of numerous awards for excellence in choreography including a Thayer Fellowship and has been awarded multiple grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council, the Manhattan Arts Council and residencies from the Here Art Center (TSD) and The New Victory Theater (PCC). Her theater credits include being an ensemble member of the Flying Machine Theater for 7 years whose original work Frankenstein was nominated for a Drama Desk award. She recently co-founded Paper Canoe Company with her husband Greg Steinbruner to create high quality performances for family audiences. She is also a dedicated teacher and has taught for Lincoln Center Institute and was a full time Associate Professor of dance for 5 years at Marymount Manhattan College where she continues to adjunct teaching composition.
Tomáš Dvořák (*78) aka Floex
Tomáš Dvořák is a clarinetist, composer, producer and multimedia artist from Prague. His music is characterized by unique exploration of the electroacoustic field and the deep atmospheric mood of his tracks. Tomáš is also the creator of several unique interactive multimedia installations and performances.
In 1996 Tomáš started to compose under his project name "Floex". His debut album Pocustone (2001) bridges relatively isolated genres such as nu-jazz, electronic and modern contemporary music. The album was highly critically acclaimed in The Czech Republic and internationally gaining several awards (Angel Award 2001 and
Nomination to Europian Qwartz Awards).He is well known for his cooperation with Amanita Design on the soundtracks for the games Samorost2 (2006), Machinarium (2009) and Samorost 3 (2016). Machinarium OST gained massive reaction by both fansand critics and was selected as the best 2009 soundtrack according to the world’s number one game magazine - PCGamer.
In 2011 Floex released his new album Zorya which explores acoustic music (especially classical minimalism), soundtrack music and contemporary electronic. The symbol of the album was the Slavic night guard goddess “Zorya Polunochnaya” that personifies more deep, subconscious and nightly moods of music.
In 2013 Tomáš started cooperation with German label Denovali Records releasing Gone EP featuring a remix by Hidden Orchestra.
Tomáš is also the creator of several unique interactive multimedia installations and performances (RGB,Crossroad, Live Score) which he created mainly in 2002-2007 while studying at Prague Academy of Visual arts.
His recent work Archifon series is based on the idea of making big interactive instruments from the buildings interiors via mapping (www.archifon.org). It was made together with Daniel Gregor and gained international success being featured in BBC World, Forbes, Wire , Discovery Channel and more. Archifon III was presented at the Ars Electronica Festival in 2014.
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Sep 8, 2016 7:00 PM