Passing through︎︎︎

Passing Through is a dance workshop created by dancer and choreographer and educator David Zambrano which focuses on creating composition and movement without a leader in the group. Zambrano believes that cells do not need a protein leader to create life and neither does the brain need one protein leader to create a thought. Passing Through opens the door for the unpredictable and creates flexible and complex dynamics within the group of dancers.

Inspired by the protein idea, Zambrano uses three main exercises to manifest this philosophy with his students. Under, over and around; this enables the dancers to make choices in the moment and be flexible and aware of their body, bodies in the group and the environment at the same time both in their body and mind.

In passing through the roles of the leader and follower are constantly being exchanged in an unplanned way that corresponds to dancers' individual needs, everyone is either following or leading.

The culmination of the workshop is when Zambrano brings the idea of seeing the room full of different and infinite paths passing through the walls, the floor and even the bodies. These pathways are full of curves and arcs, large and small.

︎︎︎from David Zambrano 
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In spite of a long history of interdisciplinary creation, from our earliest recorded arts to our present moment, artistic pedagogy has created divisions between disciplines. This has left artists in a "post-Babel" condition where we don't share the same language and definitions. It’s also encouraged artists to develop practices for devising, creating and composing work that are distinct to their disciplines.

The inspiration for this project came from faculty and students at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts where BFA, MFA and PhD programs in Dance, Theatre Production and Design, Visual Art, Film, and Music and Sound all work together in studio settings and playfully experiment with processes of art-making.

We wanted to create a database of projects, assignments and theory that we collect inside the studio and from research happening in other places. We are curious about how we collaborate and how structures reoccur, translate and deviate from one discipline to another.

Composition is central to these processes and offers a base for our approaches and experiments. We are excited about what our students are doing and inspired by the new languages in contemporary art and performance we continue to see develop.

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