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Body Tension and Performance
One-Day Workshop with Ulrich Mosch and Marcus Weiss

One-day workshop with Ulrich Mosch and Marcus Weiss
4 August 2021, 10.00, Orangerie

String and wind players interested in an active participation are asked to sign up for this workshop by indicating a piece that they would like to work on. Please email Marcus Weiss by 28 July 2021: sax@darmstaedter-ferienkurse.de
The workshop is open to all other participants of the instrumental classes for passive participation.

The physical tonus of musicians plays an important role on a variety of levels in the performance of music: on the level of playing an instrument (tone production, gestures, phrasing, articulation etc.), the reciprocal communication between musicians in an ensemble or orchestra and also merely on the level of onstage presence and communication with an audience. Up until now however, no systematic research has ever been undertaken to investigate this phenomenon which frequently remains on an unconscious level and is greatly underestimated. None of the associated disciplines such as music physiology, performing arts medicine, music psychology, theory of nonverbal communication or music theory itself have investigated this fascinating phenomenon in depth up to the present day.

This event is planned as a workshop combining theoretical reflection and practical work with active participants, but even individuals not taking part actively will find the observation of the phenomenon and its effects highly instructive and enlightening.

During the practical phase of the workshop, the focus is on the connection between the tonicity of the performing individual and the inherent tension in the music itself. Individual musicians will perform extracts from a variety of works. Despite of the strong „individuality“ of pieces of music, but also of each musician, different corresponding forces of tension can be felt by the performing body: physical tonicity becomes interconnected with the music itself.

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