Company of Wolves presents: Winter Training 2020

Monday, November 18th, 2019 at 5:56 pm | News & Events

Company of Wolves presents: Winter Training 2020

Company of Wolves have curated two very special workshops for Winter Training this year. Kicking off in January is a workshop with the stellar ALEX RIGG of OCEANALLOVER, who will be digging into the very bones of performance. This will be followed by four wild days with an extra special guest, dancer and improviser KATIE DUCK. These two artists create uncompromising work that is fearless in scope, and both constantly push the edges of how to think about performance. 

If The Skeleton Isn’t Working, How Can A Body Stand Up?

with Alex Rigg of OCEANALLOVER

3-5 January 2020 / 10-5pm daily / CCA

This three-day workshop focuses on finding new ways to use the body to generate and reveal the initial bones of an idea. How can your body be the physical manifestation of your subconscious, or even preconscious, thought? With movement as a catalyst, you’ll have a chance to play, experiment and uncover your own native material, making the first marks on a blank canvas that can shape all form that follows. Be prepared to move, explore, play and work!


Alex has been making live events since 1982. If there is a common thread to his work, it must be a strong need to push boundaries around, to set foot on unknown soil and generally play with our concepts of art outside its accepted form. Recent productions include Transfigured, Orographic, and Sea Hames.
He has trained as an archeological illustrator, a drystone dyker, blacksmith, fine-artist, dancer, timber-framer, and costume maker/designer. Drawing on influences from Butoh, Body Weather, sculpture, and live art, his performance work is off-beat and either enigmatic or impenetrable….decide for yourself. Alex teaches regularly across Scotland.


7-10 January 2020 / 10-5pm daily / CCA

“The combination of moving, seeing, hearing, feeling and deliberately volunteering to expose myself in front of an audience alters my perception of time, space and emotions. What I do for a living is an induced neuron madness.”

In her workshop, Katie takes a microscopic view on the role improvisation plays in a live performance, combining her background in the performing arts with her curiosity for advances in brain studies, music and movement research. She guides performers through physical exercises that highlight how the eyes and ears affect movement choices. The performer/ dancer /actor/ musician needs to be the best listener in the theatre in order to read the sounds in a passing time. If you read the sounds in time you can write, reveal and give presence to a sonic body.


Based in Amsterdam, Katie has been a professional performer and maker since the early 1970s. She has been an influential figure in how she has placed improvisation as an intricate element in composition and performance internationally, inspiring generations of performers, musicians and performance makers. Katie was head of choreography at Dartington College of arts (senior lecturer) in the late 1980s. She joined the staff at Amsterdam Hogeschool voor de kunsten in 1991 teaching movement research, improvisation, composition and technique and founded the improvisational dance and music company Magpie in the 1990s with whom she toured internationally. She has collaborated with renowned dance and improvisation music artists from all over the world. Alongside her vocational studies, Katie’s research has led her toward social studies, cultural studies and brain studies. She believes that her research must not be validated by way of academic speak alone but rather on her insistence to hear, see and take part in the practice.



Please submit your application online through this link

If The Skeleton Isn’t Working, How Can A Body Stand Up? with ALEX RIGG

3-5 January 2020, 10-5 daily / CCA / 350 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow, G2 3JD
£150 / £135 early bird discount if received by 29 Nov 2019
£80 non-refundable deposit to secure your place


7-10 January 2020, 10-5 daily / CCA / 350 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow, G2 3JD
£200 / £180 early bird discount if received by 29 Nov 2019
£80 non-refundable deposit to secure your place

**£20 discount for those doing BOTH workshops**

For any questions, please contact Beth at 

Winter Training 2020 is delivered with thanks to CCA, Glasgow.

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