“The right art is purposeless, aimless. The more obstinately you try to learn how to shoot the arrow for the sake of hitting the goal, the less you will succeed in the one and the further the other will recede. What stands in your way is that you have a much too willful will. You think that what you do not do yourself does not happen.” – Eugen Herrigel
Movement Archery practice consists of 3 parts:
- Part 1 – Warm-up
- Part 2 – Technique (Floorwork and Zen Acrobatics)
- Part 3 – Archery/ Partnering
The aim of this workshop is to allow space for personal research and introduce concepts and ideas which I find inspiring and enriching for my artistic works. The 3 topics of research are focused on self development, self expression and communication with others. Improvisation and personal composition of the participants will be also used as reflective and meditative frame of mixing the different ideas or to celebrate the merging of them together with the other participants. We will explore the concept of warm up through physical forms, meditation and breathing. We will go through acrobatic and floor-work techniques to understand what are the the physical and mental principles which are beneficial and inspiring for our goals. What is the technique which serves our Freedom? We will introduce the difference between communicating with Reality and communicating with our own imaginations through partnering practice. All in all, we will keep a constant acknowledgement that all is subject to change and that we don’t know is much more than what we do know.
Tom Weksler began practicing martial arts and various acrobatic disciplines from a young age. After graduating from ’The Workshop For Dancers And Choreographers’ in Haifa Israel in 2009, Tom went on to perform with the Israeli Opera and then with ’Inbal Pinto & Avshallom Pollak Dance Company’. after having toured extensively and internationally, Tom later became a performer with Rootlessroot under Jozef Fruček and Linda Kapetanea in their work, ‘Collective Loss Of Memory’, which was produced by the Czech Company DOT 504. in 2014 Tom created two duets, ’Saru’ and ‘Heder’ in
collaboration with Tokyo-based dancer and choreographer, Mayumu Minakawa, which were performed in many theatres and festivals in Europe and Japan. Since 2014 Tom has also been collaborating with Circus Director and Performer Yogi Dekel, creating together both the Quintet Lobos which was co-produced by the Israeli Council for Culture and Arts and ’Mifal Hapais’, and the Duet ’Pilim’ Co-created with ’ ON center for Contemporary Circus’ and ’Bat Yam Festival for street Theater’ in 2017 Tom joined Guy Nader & Maria Campose for the creation process of ’Set of Sets’ in Barcelona. Since 2017 Tom has also been collaborating with Roser Tutusaus, creating together the Duet ’After the Rain’ and practicing dance. Tom has been teaching in various Dance Schools, Universities, Circus Schools, Dojos and Dance Companies all over the world.