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Bohemian & Saxon Switzerland National Park - The Czech Republic & Germany
International Interdisciplinary Open-Air Workshop for artists and dancers exploring the relation between body, art and landscape
led by Frank van de Ven and Milos Sejn
Gorges on The Kamenice streem
Since 1995 Milos Sejn and Frank van de Ven have co-operated in their bi-annual interdisciplinary open-air Body-Site-Exploration projects in various National & Cultural Reserves in the Czech Republic (Kokorin Valley, Plasy Monastery, Bohemian Karst, Bechyne Monastery with the Luznice River, Bohemian Paradise, Sumava and Rychleby Mountains, Kuks Spa, The Elbe Sandstone Mountains, Morava River, The Giant Mountains) known as the Bohemiae Rosa Project.
edition of the Bohemiae Rosa Project
take place in a rocky range located in the north-west border in between the Czech Republic and
Germany, part of the Sudetes mountain system (part of the Bohemian Massif). We
will find there sandstones towns,
high peaks, wild valleys, brooks, waterfalls. Walking and working in
the Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland National Park we will investigate the numerous relations
Landscape / Landscape
Memory and their significance to contemporary (Performing
The program will include:
MB - (mind/body, muscles/bones) dance training
practice of and reflection on physical and mental training
walking and wandering, silent walk, pilgrimage and nocturnal journeys
various modes of experiencing body, movement and landscape
investigating divergent senses of space and time
peripatetic records, drawing, writing, immediate contact with surroundings
mental topography of a location, myth, archaic mind and genius loci
geology, archaeology and history of the Landscape as a model of self: layers, vertical connections and labyrinths
An integral part of the workshop will be the individual artistic projects that participants are encouraged to formulate and work on for about 1 to 2 hours a day. (in the fields architecture, landscape art, dance, performance, photography, sculpture, theatre, visual arts, biology and natural history). The workshop leaders are available to guide and support these processes.
The body is a landscape in itself moving within the larger frame of the given surrounding environment. The vertical and horizontal layering of the (historical) landscape invites us to reflect upon our own layers and connections of self and imagination.
E X T E N D E D I N F O R M A T I O N
Waterfalls, © photo M. Sejn 30.7.2019
Bohemian & Saxon Switzerland National Park
Milos Sejn works in the fields of visual art, performance and study of visual perception. In 1990 he was appointed professor of painting and from this year to 2011 he leads an intermediate studio with a focus on landscape ecology and environment at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. He has worked with the world΄s leading artists such as The Harrisons (Elbe River Project). He is also the creator of the Solar Mountain near Olomouc and a number ot other projects related to landscape and memory. Many of his works have been presented at hundreds of exhibitions around the word.
Frank van de Ven
is a dancer and choreographer who spend his formative years in Japan working
with Min Tanaka and the Maijuku Performance Company. In 1993 he founded together
with Katerina Bakatsaki
'Body Weather Amsterdam', a platform for training and performance. Since
1995 he conducts with Milos Sejn the interdisciplinary Bohemiae Rosa Project,
connecting body and landscape with art, geology and architecture. Interest in
dance and theory led to the 'How to make yourself a Dancing Body Without Organs'
Project. Together with Peter Snow (Monash University) he performs the famed
Thought/Action Improvisations. An ongoing collaboration exists with
musician Daniel Schorno, artistic director of Steim Amsterdam. In recent years,
he has worked mainly in Australia in various parts of the continet.
*site n., pl. -s [Latin situs "place, position", from sinere "to leave, place, lay"] 1. the actual or planned location 2 the place or scene of something (a camp site) / site vt., to place on a site or in position: locate
*body n., pl. -ies [OE, bodig, cask] 1. the whole physical substance of a man, animal or plant 2. the trunk of a man or animal 3. a corpse 4. [Colloq.] a person 5. a distinct mass [a body of water] 6. a distinct group of people or things 7. the main part 8. substance or consistency, as of liquid 9. richness of flavor
*landscape n., pl. -s [Dutsch landschap, from land + -schap "-ship"] 1. a picture of natural inland scenery 2. a portion of land that the eye can see in one glance
*wander vb., wan-dered, wan-der-ing [OE, wandrian] 1. to move about aimlessly or without a fixed course or goal: ramble 2a to deviate (as from a course): stray 2b to go astray morally: err 2c to lose normal mental contact (as delirium or madness)
*walk n., pl. -s [vb OE, wealkan "to roll, toss"] 1. a going on foot (go for a walk) 2. a place, path, or course for walking 3. distance to be walked 4a manner of living 4b social or economic status (various walks of life) 5a manner of walking 5b a gait of a four-footed animal in which there are always at least two feet on the ground
Milos Sejn: Interaction with the landscape, 2.8.2019
Contact: Katerina Bilejova