In this course instructed by Kati Korosuo, you get to know the Dances to a Beat method Kati has developed.
Dances to a Beat (DTB) is a method for creating choreographies born in the moment. DTB is both an artistic practice and a dance technique based on improvisation, repetition and rhythm. It challenges the participants to remain in the moment, to refrain from judging themselves and their choices, and to intuitively trust in the embodied knowledge of their physical bodies. DTB trains a number of kinaesthetic skills, including precision motion, articulated musicality, different modes of expression, and creativity. Training using the method helps understand and appreciate the importance of the individual as the part of a whole, while on the other hand highlighting the essence of the whole as the sum of its constituent parts and elements.
DTB’s repetition-based improvisation helps the dancers as well as the spectators to stop and reflect on the motion that has just emerged. The method resembles a magnifying glass that amplifies the essence suggested by each motion. DTB is fascinating to watch and to do as its rhythmic repetition reveals the unique qualities of each motion pattern. By doing this, the method challenges the traditional notion of a hierarchy of motion and opens new questions on what kind of motion is considered good or interesting.
Kati Korosuo is a Helsinki-based dancer and Master of Arts (Theatre Academy 2011) specialising in dance. She is interested in methods that deconstruct hierarchies as well as the democratisation of dance. She has worked as a dancer and a performer in productions by numerous Finnish and international choreographers. In addition to her work as a performer, she has developed her own artistic practice, a dance technique called Dances to a Beat (DTB), which she has since 2013 instructed extensively in Finland and abroad. She has also choreographed works including Merphing (2015), Merphing 2 (2015) and M3 (2017) based on the DTB method. The final instalment of the series, Them Merphing, will premiere in spring 2021. Since 2017, Korosuo has also been one of the artistic directors of the Pluckhouse theatre association and the artistic director of Festival of Instant Choreography, an event that celebrates choreographies born in the moment. She is also an active member of the Other Spaces collective.