Choreolab 2020

January 14th – January 25th 2020

Footnote New Zealand Dance Choreolab is firmly established as the most significant professional development event for dance practitioners in New Zealand, drawing artists from around the country and overseas to Wellington each summer.

We are delighted to announce the tutors leading the workshops for 2019. They are Peter Jasko, Charles Koroneho, Josie Archer and Kosta Bogoievski. Join Footnote and these fantastic tutors for two weeks in Wellington to challenge and develop your practice in a supportive environment.

Applications for Choreolab 2020 have now closed, but please join us for our open studio showing!

Choreolab 2020 Studio Showing

Thursday 23rd January
5.30pm – 6.15pm
Tapere Nui, Te Auaha
65 Dixon St, Wellington

All welcome!


Week One and Two (mornings): Peter Jasko

Week One (afternoons): Charles Koroneho

Week Two (afternoons): Josie Archer and Kosta Bogoievski (ChoreoCo 2020 choreographers)

Choreolab 2020 Workshop details


Week One and Two: Peter Jasko

The workshop is more of a creativity class than a dance class. Because of its nature, it is an open level class for professional dancers and movers alike. Rather than teaching form, the class focuses on expanding one’s artistic self-awareness. The class begins with exploring qualities such as rebound, flow, fractions, and shaking to reach a state beyond self-judgment and self-limitations. Here we will work within the gap between power and fragility. After waking up the body and mind, we will focus on isolations and polyrhythmic exercises to root back our focus. We move with the intention of never going back, developing one’s fearlessness and ability to trust each instant’s potential to lead somewhere. We give ourselves the necessary time to tune into our body’s intuitive intelligence to solve movement paradoxes that emerge during the research process. We will facilitate each other’s exploration by working in pairs and in groups, as well as individually.

These simple open structures are simultaneously technical tools and tools for composition. We encourage the dancer to playfully explore their inner workings and personal language that result both from everyday lived experience and learned movement patterns. By opening up creative curiosity, we enhance our movement fluency. In turn, we will develop strategies to explore the space between continuity and disruption of movement ideas by naming patterns for those interested in building choreography.

About Peter Jasko:

Peter Jasko was born in 1982 in Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia. He took his first dance classes with the folk dance company Dumbier Slovakia, where he remained for eleven years. From 1996 to 2001, Peter studied at the J.L.
Bella Conservatory of Dance in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. He continued his training at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Bratislava before entering the P.A.R.T.S. School for Contemporary Dance in Brussels (2002), directed by Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker. His professional experience includes dancing with such international artists and companies as Opera Banska Bystrica, ASpO, Company Roberto Olivan, OXOXOX – Juri Konjar, G.
Barberio Corsetti & Fatou Traore, and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Since 2001, he has also collaborated with David Zambrano as both a performer and as assistant in his classes and workshops.
Peter Jasko is the co-founder of Les SlovaKs Dance Collective, whose productions include Opening Night (2007), Journey Home (2009), The Koncert (2010) and Fragments (2012).
In 2014, he directed the Svalbard Company’s All Genius All Idiot. The following year, Peter Jasko created Untied Tales (The Vanished Power of the Usual Reign) in collaboration with Clara Furey, which premiered at La Chapelle in Montreal. For the past twelve years, he has taught in some forty-six countries around the world, including at Impulstanz. 


Week One: Te Toki Haruru – the resounding adze with Charles Koroneho

Indigenous Creativity, Body Weather Laboratory and Somatics

A choreographic laboratory of Indigenous research concepts and methodologies created, written and conducted by Te Toki Haruru choreographer and collaborative director Charles Koroneho. He will discuss his formal background and training in Dance and Fine Arts; how performance informs his research, critical capacity and artistic vision.

The cosmological origin of celestial and terrestrial bodies from ancestral stories of Aotearoa New Zealand, mediate my understanding of the intersections between Indigenous Creativity, Body Weather Laboratory and Somatics. The ongoing research of movement cultures and hybrid training has created the contestable landscape of resistance and inquiry by which I currently explore the precipice of indigenous performance making. I incorporate research approaches that reference Body Weather Laboratory and Somatics to explore the premise of an indivisible human body and how this is revealed in indigenous epistemology. I research the individual, communal and ancestral body in relational space and the participatory activities of ceremony. My creative practice explores indigenous perspectives of the soma-body dichotomy; how ceremony functions in the creation of cultural space and why indigenous bodies occupy and inhabit this space. I view the intersections of these fields of research a territory with abundant potential for political, cultural,
philosophical intervention and transgressive creativity.

About Charles Koroneho:
Charles Koroneho works in the fields of performance and culture. He created Te Toki Haruru (est 1997) to explore cultural collaboration and the intersection between dance, theatre and design. His projects are presented as performances, research workshops and arts collaborations exploring the collision between Maori cosmology, New Zealand society and global cultures. Koroneho is a founding member of Te Kanikani o Te Rangatahi, a graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance and Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. He has performed extensively in New Zealand and abroad with Te Toki Haruru, Lemi Ponifasio MAU, the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company and worked in collaboration with Min Tanaka, Guillermo Gomez-Pena and La Pocha Nostra. Koroneho shares his vision of dance and performance by providing movement, improvisation classes and creative workshops for dancers, actors and performance artists. He supports the arts community as a choreographer, collaborative director, cultural consultant and mentor. Charles Koroneho was awarded The Arts Foundation of New Zealand Arts Laureate for Dance, 2014. He was appointed Adjunct Professor, Contemporary Dance Program 2017-18. Faculty of Creative Industries, Unitec Institute of Technology.


Week Two: Josie Archer and Kosta Bogoievski

Preparing the body (DANCE!)
Scores (DANCE!!)
Performance (DANCE!!!)

Our workshop will be based off our typical day in the studio. We will begin by sharing our versions of practices we have encountered during our careers. This is the ‘Preparing the body’ part. These practices include: Klein technique, Authentic movement, Contemplative movement practice, Material for the spine, My walking is my dancing, and Body-mind centering.

Then we will work with performance scores and embodied tasks; we will bring some we already know and write new ones together. This is the ‘Scores’ part. As dancer-choreographers we have found this practice to be an incredible tool that merges our dance and choreographic interests in a creative process. It serves as a way to communicate choreographic desires and stresses how we articulate them. For example, improve the space with the appropriate amount of movement, excite and be excited by your solar plexus, and dance for your own enjoyment.

At the end of every day we will dance together applying the things we have established collectively. We will collate the scores written earlier and piece together one mega performance score to enact. This is the ‘Performance’ part.

We look forward to getting to know all of you through dance and having a lot of fun,

J&K xx

About Josie:
Josie is a freelance performer, dancer, and choreographer from Otautahi, Aotearoa. She has a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts, majoring in contemporary dance from Unitec Institute of Technology (2014). Since graduating she has had the opportunity to live and work throughout New Zealand, the US, Europe and Asia for varying lengths of time. She has presented work as an artist in Experimental Dance Week Aotearoa, Performance Art Week Aotearoa, Festival of Transitional Architecture, NZ Fringe Festival, Auckland Fringe Festival, Tempo Dance Festival and Asia Tree New Wave Festival. She often collaborates with her partner Kosta Bogoievski. Their projects together include: ‘Dances with Aldous’, ‘Dance Danced Dancing’ (awarded Best Dance of Auckland Fringe 2018), ‘Pedestrian Guiiiiiiiiiiidance’ and ‘Josie and Kosta’s Dance Show’. Her solo work ‘Josie’s Solo’ was awarded Best Dance of Auckland Fringe in 2017. She has been an artist in residence at SpaceVac in Seoul, South Korea, Healing Hills Art collective in Morni Hills, India and The Physics Room in Christchurch, New Zealand. She has performed for artists such as Olive Bieringa (NZ/US), Douglas Wright, Julia Harvie, David Huggins, Michael Parmenter, Zahra Killeen Chance, Jennifer Lacey and Wally Cardona (New York), and Christine Bonansea (Berlin)

About Kosta:
Kosta is a New Zealand artist currently working on dance outside of the theatre, performance art, and writing poetry and prose. A few years ago he beat Michael Parmenter’s push-up record in the latest rendition of Insolent River, a whopping 123 consecutive push-ups!

Kosta works closely with his lover and collaborator, Josie Archer. They recently presented their work for Dances with Aldous, a headlining double bill for Tempo Dance Festival 2019. They have also presented in the Asia Tri New Wave Festival (Seoul, South Korea) and were artists in residence at the Healing Hills Art Collective (Morni Hills, India). They have performed for the Busan Metropolitan Dance Company (Busan, South Korea), Julia Harvie (Christchurch), Jennifer Lacey & Wally Cardona (New York), and Michael Parmenter (Auckland). They work often with the BodyCartography Project (Olive Bieringa & Otto Ramstad). Kosta previously worked with Footnote New Zealand Dance (2014 – 2015) and in a co-production between Okareka Dance Company and Auckland Theatre Company (2014).