An artist at a relatively nascent stage of his career Ben Van Buren is currently living and working between New York City and Istanbul. Originally from Burlington, Vermont, he studied philosophy and dance at Eugene Lang College in New York, and performance and choreography at P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios), in Brussels, Belgium.
His most recent works include The Eternity Ship Question (2014), created together with Bryana Fritz and Alma Toaspern, Wednesday (2014), All that Heaven Allows (2013), created with Bryana Fritz, and Zone d’Attente (2012). He has presented his work and taught internationally in a number of places including The Republic of Korea, Senegal, Latvia, Scotland, Germany, France, the United States, Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Turkey.
Most recently Ben has been working with Alma Toaspern on A Bunch of Nasty Boys, (working title). The work, which centers around producing music excessively and cheaply, began in January of 2015 with the generous support of Kӧşe (kose.li) in Istanbul, Turkey. Ben is also currently a Masters student at the New School for Social Research (NSSR), in New York.
Class Description: I am interested in how we can use our dancing to dig into big concepts such as love, trust, and intimacy, without exalting dance as either mystical or transcendent. How do we practice the difficult work of dancing with dignity and persistence? How do we, as a generation of performers, work to be a part of our time?
In this workshop we will use shaking, dancing, and touching to move through questions concerning exploitation and intimacy in performance practice. We will be looking for ways of moving together that re-organize and enhance what each person already comes equipped with; instead of working to try to make something “new” or “creative.”