Contemporary for professionals

by James Batchelor

Contemporary for professionals


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My teaching practice draws primarily from my choreographic research which in recent years has centred on the lineage of ausdruckstanz in Australia via the Austrian-born Choreographer Gertrud Bodenwieser. Through this work I studied elements of Bodenwieser’s style which emphasised a soft embodiment of waves, ripples, figure 8s and off-center body leaning. My own practice contemporises the ausdruckstanz lineage by asking anew what it means to be expressive and subjective in movement today.

Another important theme in my class is the body sense of scale, measurement and weight distribution, a practice which I developed on a 2 month residency aboard a scientific research ship in the Antarctic Ocean. Over the past few years, I have also been training in the ancient movement and energy cultivation practice of Qi-Gong. The Daoist principles of flow and balance which Qigong is rooted in, are wonderful ways to approach choreographic and dramaturgical questions, but also as a means of staying grounded in these times.

My teaching style is gentle, calm and inclusive. I have taught people of all ages from 8 years old through to elderly people. I have also worked with deaf and blind artists, wheelchair-bound and have developed various approaches to working inclusively with disability. I like to engage participants in articulating their experience of movement as both a performer and a witness and therefore give time in class to observe each other and develop a communal intelligence through feedback.

James Batchelor is an Australian Choreographer with an international practice that spans research, creation, touring and teaching. He studied a Bachelor of Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts in Naarm/Melbourne. Since being part of an interdisciplinary research expedition to the Antarctic in 2016, James’ practice has forged a unique path. There is a sense that time is moving at a different pace in James' work, mesmerising audiences and drawing their attention in. His works have been presented in Berlin in contexts such as Tanz im August, Sophiensaele, KW and Traumabar and toured extensively across Europe.