"Pay close attention to the state of your mind, and do not worry about your body; fill any spaces where your mind is lacking but do not allow it to become overfull at all...
Understand thoroughly how a small body can become large in spirit and know a large body can completely be small in spirit; Whether large or small, set your mind straight - having a mind that is not controlled by your body is essential." / Miyamoto Musashi - The Book Of Five Rings
8 - 9 of April 2023
Sat 8/4 | 11 am - 7 pm (with 1 hour lunch break)
Sun 9/4 | 11 am - 7 pm (with 1 hour lunch break)
Full price | 439 Euro
Early bird price (until January 8th 2023) | 399 Euro
5904 Greene Street, Philadelphia, PA.
Zen Acrobatics is an approach to movement that developed from the urge to look for freedom in movement. It led me to the wonderful paradox between meditation and acrobatics, the attempt to find tranquillity in the chaos, to understand whether it is possible to create a practice that is inspired by the eye of the storm.
The main goal is to find a movement quality that supports simple actions like walking and running, as well as acrobatic feats without a difference in effort, mental fatigue or structural tension. To do this, we will search for high levels of awareness and precision so the body can react quickly to the changes in skeletal stress, and to maintain flow without unnecessary distractions.
In classical acrobatic disciplines, preparation, climax and landing are being treated as completely different aspects while usually one is more important than the other. In Zen Acrobatics, the practitioner aspires to transform all 3 states into one motion that can ultimately connect to any other type of movement. Personally, this type of practice over the year has given me confidence, joy and a more calm and serene mind. It allows me to tap into somewhat of a child-like state, which supports me both in my artistic career and in my personal life.
Tom Weksler has been practicing Martial Arts and different forms of acrobatic disciplines from a young age. Tom graduated in 2009 from “The Workshop For Dancers and Choreographers in Haifa”. Since 2010, Tom has been dancing with “Inbal Pinto and Avshallom Pollak Dance Company” and performed with the comapny’s productions in many theatres and festivals around the world. Tom is currently performing around the world the performance “Collective Loss Of Memory” - choreographed by “Rootlessroot” (Jozef Fruček and Lind Kapetanea) and produced by “Dot504”. Since 2017 Tom has been dancing with Guy Nader and Maria Campose Dance Company.
In 2012 tom has created 'LOBOS' in collaboration with Yogi Dekel and Breno Caetano. In 2014 Tom Created the Duets "SARU' and "Heder" in collaboration with Tokyo Based Dancer and Choreographer Mayumu Minakawa. Both Duets has performed internationally in various theaters and festivals. In 2017 Tom has premiered the Duet "Pilim" in Collaboration with Circus Artist Yogi Dekel. Since 2017 tom has also established an artistic collaboration with Catalonian Dancer and Choreographer Roser Tutusaus. The collaboration is currently in process of completing the theatre piece 'After The Rain' (premiered in Bari, Puglia in 2018) and the street piece "RISE".
Tom teamed up with Barcelona-Based dancer and choreographer Roser Tutusaus, and together they have established Wonderground Company in 2019, focusing on creations which are departing from the collaboration between dance, movement and other art forms.
Movement Archery workshops have taken place in Dance Schools, Circus Schools, Dojos and Professional Companies in: Israel, Italy, France, Belgium, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Greece, U.K., Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, U.S.A, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, Japan, Hong Kong and South Africa.