No matter in what situation we find ourselves in, what kind of work we do or which field we study, we all have to write – some of us more and some of us less. Especially in the context of somatic practices and dance, written words are sometimes feared and often struggled with, even by the most experienced and qualified practitioners. What is lacking most are spaces to discover, experiment with and craft our individual voices and ways of writing.
The offer of this workshop is to establish a playful and embodied field in and from which to write. People from all disciplines are invited to join and supported in finding pathways towards their individual writing voices and in defending their ways of going about writing. My guiding principle is to allow and encourage writing from and staying connected with our voices as authors, our practices, our intuitions, our concerns; rather than writing about whatever it is we want to communicate or are grappling with.
Writing is a practice like any other, a practice worth getting to know, to reflect on, to change, if needed, so that it can meet rather than distance us from whatever it is we write about.
Come join the journey and bring your favorite writing and mark-making materials!
Paula Kramer is a Berlin-based artist and researcher working with and through bodily practices. My work focuses on intermateriality in site-specific movement practices and choreography and I collaborate with materials and organisms of many different orders – as active agents in the making of movement, performance and choreography, and as partners in the creation of daily life and sense-making. I am currently working on several independent projects, including an archival work on contemporary pioneers of outdoor dance practices as well as choreographer Katja Münker’s participatory outdoor piece Schrittweise (premiere in Sept. 2022, Berlin), which I support as associated artist-researcher and production manager. I have completed an artistic PhD in Dance at Coventry University (UK) in 2015, followed by a three-year post-doc position at the Centre for Artistic Research (CfAR) at Uniarts Helsinki (FI) (2016 – 2019). My artistic practice is rooted in Amerta Movement and I work through movement research labs in rural and urban outdoor locations that include writing, mark-making, clay, photography and video.