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LABORATORY: TUNING SCORES - composition, communication and the sense of imagination

What do we see when we're looking at dance? How does composition arise in the body and its environment? The Tuning Scores is a performance research format that focuses on the physical base of the imagination. By altering the way we use our senses while moving and watching movement, we can begin to tease apart the genetic and acquired patterns our senses use to construct our experience.

We will look at ways these patterns influence how and why we move, shape our interaction with our inner and outer environments, and inform both our desire for action and what we "see" when we are attending to anything.

The scores offer tools and a framework for communication and collaboration that is constructed by the players in the act of doing. As a practice of real-time editing and instant replay, Tuning mimics life and is an aesthetic game and self-balancing system that uncovers its intention each time anew.

Performers and creators in all disciples – music, visual arts, theater – are welcome to engage with this practice of seeing and being.

Lisa Nelson is a dance-maker, improvisational performer and collaborative artist who has been exploring the role of the senses in the performance and observation of movement since the early 70s. Stemming from her work with video and dance, she developed an approach to real-time editing and performance she calls Tuning Scores.

She performs, teaches and creates dances in diverse spaces on many continents, and maintains long-term collaborations with other artists, including Steve Paxton, Daniel Lepkoff, Cathy Weis, Scott Smith, and Image Lab—a Tuning Score performance ensemble. She has received several awards including an Alpert Award in the Arts 2002 and a Bessie NY Dance and Performance Award 1987. She lives in Vermont, USA.

The workshop is organised together with Liisa Pentti +Co.

From Wednesday to Friday at 17-20, 1 - 3 March
From Saturday to Sunday at 10-15.30, 4 - 5 March
Instructor: Lisa Nelson
Location: Zodiak Studio C4
Duration: 5 sessions / 20 hours
Participation fee: 170 €
Enrolment by 14.2.
Cancellations by 14.2.

NB. In 2017 Zodiak has started sending course letters and invoices via email.

Availability is limited, so sign up in time! Welcome letters and invoices are sent to participants’ email address immediately after registration closes. If you do not find the course letter or the invoice in your email please also check the junk mail folder.

Cancellations must be communicated on the last cancellation day by 4 pm the latest. Please check this course's last day of cancellation from above. With the exception of injuries and illnesses certified in writing by a doctor, cancellations made later than the deadline are subject to full course fee.

Zodiak's courses and workshops can also be paid using pre-paid Liikuntaseteli and Kulttuuriseteli vouchers (Smartum Oy) as well as Virikeseteli vouchers (Edenred Oy). You can pay with the vouchers in the beginning of the first class (only exact amounts) or you can bring the vouchers to Zodiak office (open weekdays 11 am to 4 pm). It is not possible to pay the course fee with cash.

For further inquiries, please contact Inari Pesonen at or 050 412 7116 (weekdays from 11 am to 4 pm).