03.07. | 15-18:00 | Colleen Thomas
Colleen Thomas „Something from nothing / honoring intuition“
This is a workshop in exploration- the exploration of essence, individuality, perception and power. Utilizing improvisation, while working with an underlying line and grounded technique, and collaboration /virtual partnering, we will sense what stirs our minds and bodies as we explore individual and group process. I am interested in what imprint remains on our bodies, in our movement, in our experience of the moment, and how we relay and connect that to our audience or to the world. We will use embodied cognition to explore the emotionality of focus and space as we devote sensing the moment as a practice. Emphasis on sensation, initiation, and weight will be introduced in a floor warm-up that will expand to a standing exploration of the transition between form and space. One focus will be to take our time employing a strong-grounded technique with correct placement that moves with ease in and out of the floor. The class will culminate in a movement phrase that explores the freedom and play between abandon and control.
About Colleen Thomas
Colleen Thomas is a New York based choreographer and performing artist. She has worked with renowned contemporary choreographers such as Nina Wiener Dance Company, Donald Byrd/The Group, Bebe Miller Dance Company, and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Co. among others. In 2008, she founded Colleen Thomas Dance where she serves as artistic director, executive director, choreographer, and performer. She is also co-director, choreographer, and performer with Bill Young/Colleen Thomas & Co, and the co-director and co-curator of the LIT (loft into theater) series at 100 Grand, which supports innovative and experimental work by both emerging and established artists in an up-close and personal setting. Her work as a choreographer and dancer has been presented throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Asia, and South America. Her recent research includes: a new work with artists from Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, and USA (premiered at La MaMa Theater in May 2019), a recent published scientific study looking at brain activity in contact improvisers (Goldman, A., Thomas, C., & Sajda, P. (2019). Contact improvisation dance practice predicts greater mu rhythm desynchronization during action observation. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. Advance online publication and a new dance premiere slated for September 2021 at New York Live Arts looking at women artists during fascist times. She is currently a Full Professor of Professional Practice in Dance at Barnard College of Columbia University. More
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Participation Fee: 10 EUR
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05.06. | 15-18:00 | Luis Lara Malvacias
Luis Lara Malvacias „Awareness“
The workshop includes a simple, slow, warm-up focusing on breathing, internal structure, weight, and the body’s articulations. Directed exercises and suggested improvisations will contribute to expanding the dancers’ physical practice and give them a deeper awareness of their own physical uniqueness. By providing an understanding of how somatic practices can be applied to dance and movement, it will offer the opportunity for the participants to deepen their perceptual abilities, to advance their sensory awareness and to approach technical challenges with increased movement capability. As the class progresses we look to integrate the parts of the body and the use of the floor, and finishing sometimes with an individual manipulation of a provided phrase. This class is the result of personal investigations and by my many years of studying different somatic practices, particularly Klein Technique™ and the Feldenkrais Method®
About Luis Lara Malvacias
Is a Venezuelan choreographer and trans-disciplinary artist, whose work focus on ideas of transformation, multiplicity and authorship. His projects explore the interaction between dance, design, videos, installations, sound, new media and the visual arts, questioning preconceived ideas of choreography and modes of production and presentation. He has danced in the work of Jeremy Nelson, David Zambrano, Mark Tompkins, John Jasperse and in his own choreography. He has taught, created and presented work worldwide, and regularly teaches and present work in countries in Europe, South America, North America and Asia. Among other awards, he was granted a 2006 New York NYFA for choreography.
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25. – 29.05. | 10-11:15 | Lisanne Goodhue
Lisanne Goodhue „Contemporary dance techniques, ballet and somatics“
The goal of the class is to incorporate the joy of moving and sweating together into our daily routine. The class is constructed around free explorations and exercises borrowed from contemporary dance techniques, ballet, and somatics (pliés, dégagés, turns, jumps, etc). We start by exercises that loosen, mobilize, and strengthen the physical potential of our joints, muscles, and posture. We focus on the breath, mobilization of the spine, strengthening of the core, articulation of the foot, working on one leg, folding and unfolding of the bigger joints of the arms and legs. With safe distances, in solo, or group, we will train coordination, visualization, cardio, the usage of various speeds and momentum. The second part of the class focuses on moving into space and learning short movement sequences based on the physical notions experienced in the class.
About Lisanne Goodhue
Lisanne Goodhue is a Canadian freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Europe since 2011. Trained in classical and contemporary dance as well as visual arts in Montreal, Canada, Lisanne has considerable professional experience working with different choreographers in Europe, Asia and Canada. Her choreographic work has been shown in Montreal, Kivik (Sweden), Hamburg, Berlin and London. She is active in the Berlin improvisation dance scene, being a guest performer in various events. Between 2009-16, she is a dancer for German choreographer Sebastian Matthias and their work was presented at Tanzplattform Deutschland, Tanz im August Berlin, Impulstanz Vienna, and toured around Europe, Japan and Indonesia. She has been teaching professional and nonprofessional dancers in Montreal, Freiburg, Berlin, Hamburg, Zürich, Bern and Basel(CH), Thirsk(UK) and Nanjing (China). Lisanne is also a teacher at Tanzfabrik Berlin since 2017. In October 2020, she will complete her Master in Choreography from the Centre Chorégraphique National in Montpellier, France. More
18. – 21.05. | Tamas Geza Moricz
Tamas Geza Moricz „Movement-awareness“
His work aims to elevate movement-awareness, using a variety of tools that leads dancers to a heightened sense of precision and articulacy while their body is in movement. In a comprehensible manner Tamas connects principles of classical ballet training, the Forsythe Improvisational Technologies, approaches from neuroscientific research, martial arts, authentic yogic principles, physio-therapeutic exercises and PNF. The result is a well defined, tool-based educational course aimed towards high achievement and progress. Working with Tamas can radically empower and enable dancers to function in any demanding environment. His guidance often leads to a new vision on what qualitative performing is and accessing a variety of professional demands at an individual’s greatest capacity. The resulting knowledge is applicable to both classical ballet as well as contemporary dance and brings performers to their highest level of authenticity, artistry and grace, regardless of style.
About Tamas Geza Moricz
Tamas is most noted for his collaboration with choreographer William Forsythe, theatre maker Jan Fabre and his recent co-directorship of the Royal Ballet of Flanders shared with choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Tamas has graduated from the Magyar Tancmuveszeti Akademia, the Hungarian State Ballet Academy. Following he’d worked with Jan Fabre/Troubleyn Co. and then moved on to a decade long company membership with William Forsythe and his seminal Ballet Frankfurt. Other artists works he’d performed in include: Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Saburo Teshigowara, Hans Van Manen, Robert North, Kurt Joos, Crystal Pite, Tony Rizzi, Jacopo Godani, Jonathan Burrows and countless others. Tamas also appeared in composer Ryuichi Sakamoto’s Tokyo opera “Life”. In 1999 during the live performance, the show presented his dancing as the first live-transmitted-image through the (then) newly formed Internet. After his dancing years Tamas had embarked on a journey of teaching, offering a unique expertise drawn from his experiences in both the classical ballet as well as contemporary dance world.