Lars Schmidt

Dance, Performance and Visual Artist, Natural Thinker, Creative Consultant/Curator
Master in Fine Arts Practice and Performance, Glasgow School of Arts
Diploma of Applied Permaculture Design

Besides engaging in the creative process in various artforms, Lars has curated interdisciplinary projects linking the arts and improvisation with ecological and spiritual understanding, and facilitated workshops in the US, Latin America and Europe.

After initiating and facilitating the Art, Ecology & Education Project in 2006 in Berlin, in 2010 he conceived The Natural Circus (2010-2018) as a life-art project, that might probably be best described as a pilgrimage and form of resistance.

Regarding art as a way of coming-to-knowing, his Master of Fine Arts thesis was called The Arts in Service: On Learning to Live and to Die, Improvisation as Way of Being and Ecological Practice.

Lars is a member of the International Ecoart Network.

Formative years in New York City, Berlin and Glasgow.

Background and studies in performing and fine arts, dance and somatics, photography, film, ecology, ecophilosophy and anthropology.

He has worked internationally as actor for film and TV, as acting coach and director.

His main acting coach and mentor was Susan Batson, for whom he worked as longtime assistant and as acting instructor.

In dance and bodywork his path led from classical and modern dance training to post modern dance forms like Contact Improvisation or Butoh, as well as various approaches of bodywork.

Lars also works as soundartist and improviser.

He has lived, worked, and learned on organic farms and with shepherds in France, Italy and Norway, engaged in Transition Town Trainings in Totnes/UK, as well as Deep Ecology Work with Joanna Macy, and holds a diploma of Applied Permaculture Design.

Appreciating the Japanese ‚Way of Tea‘ (Chado) and being a Zazen practitioner since many years, he puts an emphasis on ‚learning to listen‘ while engaging in the creative process, no matter the form of expression or context.

Personal website: www.passiveactivism.net

Get in touch at: info (at) contemplative-arts.org