Terpsichorean Sonics – Attune, Observe, Report

27 June – 1 July, Ljubljana, Slovenia, International Summer Dance School


By commission, across Europe 

TSAOR is a practical workshop that uses the fundamentals of movement from the perspectives of Laban/Bartenieff Movement System, somatic bodywork and Judson Dance Theater legacy, and the fundamentals of music, described in the theory of western music culture, to illuminate each other. It has been developed and is co-facilitated by Alexandra Baybutt and Ivan Mijačević. TSAOR can be experienced by professionals and students of dance or music, or both populations together.

By bridging between these perspectives, this workshop creates the conditions for both spontaneous and analytical processes. Participants experience, analyse and observe through improvisation tasks and scores underpinned by fundamental principles of movement and sound. These offer refined tools for experiencing the phenomenon of sonics and kinaesthetic resonance. Participants increase their knowledge and skills for future performance, choreography and composition.

Building on already existing skills from their respective mediums, participants will deepen their physical and auditory attunement to self, other and environment. Crucial for artistic growth, they will also sensitize their awareness of preferential movement patterns in response to sound, and practice new choices in both creating and responding. The benefits of working through fundamental principles of music and movement are manifold, and include refining decision-making processes, expanding movement and sonic repertoire and accessing imagination.

Why is this relevant? 

Humans are affected by sound, whether they notice it or not. Our obedience to it has a profound effect on the choices we make. Movement education in music training contexts, and similarly music education in dance training contexts, is rarely to the level of specificity it could be to equip artists with the necessary kinaesthetic and auditory skills that heighten refined decision-making processes.

These skills may be developed as a by-product of intensive training, of course. However, systematically demystify the material properties of movement and sound is an act of democratizing knowledge. Bridging through sharing and exchanging tasks increases understanding the effect and responsivity of these respective mediums.


For increasingly interdisciplinary and multi-faceted professional working lives, it is relevant to find innovative ways of preparing artists. This workshop places great importance on the group experience in turning up the volume on many nuances of practice. We believe that enlivening and optimizing conscious awareness of movement choices and auditory selection increases confidence. It is therefore crucial to give space for individuals’ huge creative, performative and collaborative capacities to blossom through relational, embodied practices.

Ivan Mijačević, MA (ZZT Koln, Germany), is a choreographer and musician, and member of the artistic collectives inability crew, SZ3, Two Kings and a French Town, con/temporary choreo-graphics, danceCO and Task-15 has held courses on music-dance relations at Universities across Europe and the Middle East.

Contact wearetsaor@gmail.com or drop me a message here for a conversation

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