Body Weather is a comprehensive training and performance practice that investigates the intersections of bodies and their environments. Bodies are not conceived as fixed and separate entities but are - just like the weather - constantly changing through an infinite and complex system of processes occurring in- and outside of these bodies.

This introductory workshop proposes a re-examination of the habitual body and it's accompanying mental structures as a means of indicating and reflecting upon possible areas of change in the perception and the actual state of our own body and that of others.

As a training, Body Weather is of relevance to anyone interested in exploring the body and physical presence and can be aligned to various dance and theatre practices.

The daily training-routine consists of:

- ‘MB’ (mind/body, muscles/bones)  

An energetic, dynamic and rhythmic movement work-out that observes the kinaesthetic sensitivity and co-ordination potential of the body-in-motion while developing strength, endurance, flexibility and grounding.

- ‘Manipulations’

Structured and paced work with partners, concerned with breathing, stretching, alignment and the notion of ‘relaxation’.

- ‘Laboratory’

A wide forum of explorations including work on segmentation, different speeds within the body and the notion of time, sensory investigation, spatial awareness inside and outside the body, image-to-movement work.

Emphasis is given on observation and feedback as a means to objectify experience and to sharpen and articulate the perception of bodies.

About the Instructor:

Frank van de Ven is a dancer and director who spend his formative years in Japan working with Min Tanaka and the Maijuku Performance Company (1983-92). In 1993 he founded with Katerina Bakatsaki Body Weather Amsterdam as a platform for training and performance. He is one of the foremost Body Weather practitioners in Europe and works regularly internationally. Since 1995 he has conducted with Milos Sejn (Academy of Fine Arts Prague) the interdisciplinary Bohemia Rosa Project, connecting body and landscape with art, geology and architecture. Together with Peter Snow (Monash University Melbourne) he performs the Thought/Action Improvisations. Van de Ven and Bakatsaki are regular guest teachers at the SNDO School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam. For more info on Body Weather A‘dam see

Time: From Wednesday to Sunday 26.–30.9. From 9:30 to 3pm, Totalt. 27,5 h
Location: Zodiak Studio C4
Course Fee: 160 €
Additional Information:

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