Friday, October 9, 2009
Traversing East & West
Workshops have been going on since Tuesday in Berlin and Brandenburg. Today I visited Heinz-Brandt Oberschule in the former East Berlin section of Wiessensee and Ernst-Reuter-Oberschule in Wedding. Tadej and Carmen were working with the younger group, 13 and 14 year olds, who were battling with their adolescent self-consciousness. The boys were easier going, ready to jump into the process whereas the girls were not. Let's check back in a few days and see how this situation progresses. At Ernst-Reuter, the older students were much farther along. Robin and Sean had managed to lead them into a variety of choreographic explorations, most striking of which was a sequence of group dances in which each had penetrated the essence of a color that they associated with Berlin. Photos will come later. The slide show on the right was taken by Christian Jongeblodt of the workshop in Eberswalde, a small town in Brandenburg that has been somewhat notorious for its right-wingers. The workshop as illustrated by Christian's photos shows Sophie Bortolussi and Alessandra Larson building trust with the students who are in a special vocational training program.