“Perception and Reality” is an explorative movement-based workshop led by Thar Be Dragons’ artistic directors, Ryan Mason and Annamari Keskinen. This immersive journey delves into the intricate connections between memory, personal perception, and our shared reality. 

Guided through verbal cues, participants will navigate various modes of creativity, using images, soundscapes, music, texts, voices, and movement as tools of exploration and self-expression. This approach highlights the fluid give and take between our inner landscapes and the outer world, challenging the boundaries of physical and abstract. During “Perception and Reality”, get ready to take part in explorative exercises — physical assignments, vocal experiments, and engaging discussions — all designed to provoke curiosity, promote autonomy, and foster the integration of individuality within a collective. It’s a unique playground for self-discovery, where every action contributes to a dialogue with the world. Our aspiration with this workshop is to offer a thought-provoking, multi-sensory experience that challenges traditional perceptions. We invite dancers to explore their assumptions about reality and consciousness and how that relates to their individual practice. Here, contrasting ideas coexist, and each participant plays an active role in shaping their own unique journey, opening a realm of new insights into our interactions with the world around us.

This workshop is for dance professionals and those studying the profession.

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“Thar Be Dragons” a Helsinki-based dance company, was created by two artists and collaborators, Annamari Keskinen and Ryan Mason, in 2018. The company functions as a platform for both choreographers to create and present their collaborative and personal works. Thar Be Dragons has crafted an array of productions, spanning from site-specific performances to black box and large stage works. Ryan holds a Master's degree in Choreography from the Theatre Academy of Helsinki (2023). Annamari, a graduate of the Finnish National Opera Ballet School (2004), has 19 years of international experience in the field of contemporary dance, as both a performer and choreographer. Ryan’s and Annamari’s collaborative synergy forms the heart of their work. More than a dozen choreographies have been created by Thar Be Dragons, most of which have been international co-productions, ranging from site-specific performances to small and large stage works.