Guest teachers Classical Training for Dancers
Bio: Laurent Guilbaud was born in Clermont-Ferrand, France. He received his first ballet training at the private School of Rodez, then went to the school of the Paris Opéra (1990-1992) and graduated at the National Conservatory of Avignon in 1997. He then had his first engagement at the Ballet National de Nancy, where he has danced Ballet from, (Pierre Lacotte, George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Léo Staats, Michel Fokine and Auguste Bournonville).
In the next year, he became a member of the Ballet National de Marseille under the direction Marie-Claude Pietragalla and danced in the repertoire of; (George Balanchine, Richard Wherlock, Eric Quillere, Rudi Van Dantzig, Paul Taylor and Marie-Claude Pietragalla).
From 2000 to 2003 Laurent Guilbaud danced with the Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin as a Demi soloist where he added in his repertoire; (Patrice Bart, Rudolf Nurejw, Peter Martins, Twyla Tharp, Uwe Scholz, Angelin Prejlocaj, and Vladimir Malakhov.
In April 2004 Laurent Guilbaud joined the Stuttgart Ballet. At the beginning of the 2009/2010 season he was promoted to second soloist .
His repertoire included Ballet from; ( John Cranko, Marcia Haydée, Maurice Béjard, Sir frederick Ashton, Jerome Robins, Marco Goecke, Christian Spuck, John Neumeier, Peter Shaufuss, Jiri kylian, Kenneth MacMillan, Marc Spradling , Douglas Lee, Glen Tetley, Han van Manen, Mauro Bigonzetti ect...)
In 2010/2011 to July 2016 Laurent Guilbaud joined the Dresden Semperoper Ballet as a soloist .
His repertoire there included Ballet from (David Dawson, William Forsythe, Johan Inger, Ohad Naharin, Alexander Ekman etc...)
During his carrer Laurent Guilbaud has had roles created for him by Douglas Lee, Matjash Mrozewski, Bridget Breiner, Marco Goecke,
Kevin O ́day, David Dawson, Stijn Celis, Alexei Ratmansky...
In August 2016 Laurent Guilbaud got his French pedagogue Ballet Certificate in Paris and started to teach as a guest teacher in Professional compagnies and still worked as a soloist guest dancer .
Elvis Val was born in Bilbao, Spain. He began to study classical training in the private school of Ion Beitia and later went to John Cranko Schule where he graduated.
He's first engagement was in Victor Ullate Ballet, Madrid.
As a soloist Elvis Val danced in Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden and in Staatsoper Hannover.
In he's repertoire includes choreographies by William Forsythe, Johan Inger, Nacho Duato, Mauro Bigonzetti, Hans Van Mannen, Niels Christie, Inbal Pinto, Stijn Celis, John Cranko, Victor Ullate among others.
Amancio Gonzalez, born in Spain, studied dance with Ion Beitia in Las Arenas, Spain and in the Centre de danse International Rossella Hightower in Cannes.
As a dancer, worked with Jeune Ballet International de Cannes, directed by Edward Cook. Scottish Ballet, under the direction of Galina Samsova. NAPAC dance Company, with Garry Trinder. De Rotterdamse Dansgroep, directed by Käthy Gosschalk. REFLEX Dance Company, with Patrizia Van Roesel. Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, under the direction of Ed Wubbe, with Frankfurt Ballett and The Forsythe Company, under the direction of William Forsythe and at present with Dance On ensemble in Berlin under the direction of Christopher Roman.
Diplomed Ballet Master and Repettiteur, works as guest ballet teacher in Ballett Frankfurt, The Forsythe Company, Ballet National de Marseille, Ballet Preljocaj, Basler Ballet, Cullberg Ballet, Gottebörg Danscompani, Skanes Dansteater, Danish Dance Theater, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Hubbard Street Dance Company, Norrdans, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey...
Invited to give Forsythe improvisation and repertoire workshops in Ballet National de Marseille, Ecole National Superieur de Danse de Marseille, Tanzhaus Zürich, Conservatoire Superior Musique et Danse de Lyon, CESMD de Poitiers, FIB in Benicasim, Institut del teatre in Barcelona, Tanzhaus Köln, DOCH, University of dance and circus, Stockholm, Architanz Studio, Japan, Paluca Schule in Dresden, Graphic Design Akademie, Frankfurt, Codarts, Rotterdam, New Zealand School of Dance.
From 1985 – 2003, Anthony Rizzi, an Italian American from Boston, was soloist and artistic advisor to William Forsythe at the Frankfurt Ballet.
He has taught classical ballet and improvisation since 1987, first for the Boston Ballet and since then for the Wuppertal Tanztheater, Münchner Ballett, La Scala Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet and the Frankfurt Ballet, amongst others.
Since 1984 he has been creating his own pieces for the Royal Ballet, the Boston Ballet, the Frankfurt Ballet und the Scapino Ballet as well as for his own company Tony Rizzi and the Bad Habits
The Joy Of Movement Ballet Class
In his ballet class we will be concerned with the principles of space description and movement recognition - principles that Tony learnt over the course of many years working on improvisation with William Forsythe. The course is body-based and will impart professional tricks to help us make our lines longer and clearer. We’ll work with speed – a way of working that Tony learnt while training in the Balanchine method. As the title of the class suggests, he seeks to convey the joy of movement, to include the entire body and to help students engage with ballet simply as dance.
Paul Estabrook has been creating work and teaching dancers throughout the world for the past 25 years, applying his extensive knowledge of the moving body equally in the areas of contemporary and classical dance. He has taught for a vast array of schools and companies, including American Ballet Theater, PARTS, Celine Dion – A New Day, Nederlands Dans Theater, The Cullberg Ballet, The Dutch National Ballet, Scapino Rotterdam, Rudra/Béjart, The Cranko School, The Juilliard School, Antwerpen Hogeschool, Codarts Rotterdam, The Henny Jurriens Foundation, Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, and Artez Arnhem.Along with his teaching, he has choreographed more than 40 works in the past two decades for many of the same organizations in addition to his own independent projects.
In addition to directing and/or performing with these projects, Mr. Estabrook has performed in various projects in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium and Norway in the past years, including the International Chamber Music Festival in Stavanger, Norway, and Sprechwerk Theater in Hamburg, Germany.
Mr. Estabrook began his dance training in 1979 with the Hartford Ballet, where he studied the Vaganova syllabus and contemporary dance and received a degree in dance education. In 1981, he relocated to New York, where he studied classical dance and kinesiology with David Howard. He joined the staff of The David Howard Dance Center in 1985, where he taught for the next ten years while developing his choreographic career. He was a dancer with Nina Weiner and Dancers and worked with many free-lance projects throughout the United States and Europe.
Guest teachers Contemporary Training for Dancers
Bio: Erol Alexandrov was born in Plewen Bulgaria and studied classical ballett at the state recognized Opera. For four years he worked there as a dancer before he joined the experimental theatre "Gabrowo" and after that the dance theatre "4xC" in Sofia. Since 1990 Alexandrov worked in Germany and Austria at theatre Altmark, Standal, dance theatre "Ikarus", Klagenfurt and in Magdeburg at "Freie Kammerspiele". 1998 to 1999 he went back to Theatrestudio "4xC" in Sofia. He worked as a dancer and choreographer on international stages in Caen, Madrid, Sevilla, Cairo, Vienna as well as in Mexico and of course in Berlin where he joined the state recognized "Ballettschool of Berlin". In 2011 he joined the Collective "die Elektroschuhe". He has also appeared in various dance related and experimental videos and movies. Erol Alexandrov lives and works as a dance teacher and artist in Berlin.
Class description: This class draws upon my studies in yoga, gymnastics and contemporary dance techniques, with an emphasis on the skeletal structure and the dynamics of breathing and movement. Deep and intensive daily practice for releasing restrictive tensions, lengthening and strengthening the muscles, and finding clear support through the bones. We will progress successively from floor exercises to standing. This class is designed as a training class for the body, leading to an enhanced awareness and freedom of movement that may be applied to a variety of styles. My intention is to offer ways to integrate the body, mind and breath so the dancer can become a clearer channel for creative and personal expression.
Diego de la Rosa
Diego de la Rosa started dancing bboying/breakdance in 2005 on the streets of Valladolid, Spain. He spent his first years traveling around Spain & Europe, attending urban dance events & championships such as Battle of the Year, Floor Wars and IBE. In 2012, he decided to move to Berlin where he did a contemporary dance formation. In 2013 he co-founded “Frantics Dance Company” where he is a dancer & choreographer. Since 2014, he has been collaborating in several projects between Spain & Germany.
Over the years he has been accumulating teaching experience in professional and advanced contemporary trainings in places like Marameo in Berlin, Staatstheater in Kassel, and NunArt in Barcelona.
He has been invited to perform his solo Prisoner of his Happiness in various festivals such as Sólodos en Danza in Ourense, Hop Festival in Barcelona and Dancelab in Skopje. A part from his solo, Frantics Dance Company has been invited to festivals like Paratissima in Skopje, Tanztage in Berlin, Freedom Prison in Horsens and Fuse the World in Taipei.
Class description: Diego de la Rosa’s classes are very physical and dynamic. The idea is to start the class with improvisation exercises to warm up while bringing us awareness into our own body. Followed by diagonals, the body is used with the goal of getting more possibilities in movement and mobility. During the class, the floor is used as a dance partner, helping us to find and create more possibilities and space betweeneach other. In general, the sequences are mainly inspired by breakdance, hip-hop, experimental and contemporary, but also by martial arts, acrobatics and gaga. Diego never hesitates to add his own style and to use material that he works with his company "Frantics". His biggest interest during his class is to enable people to get as many possibilities by trusting their own bodies and letting free the mind rather than thinking too much.
Maya M. Carroll
Bio: Maya Matilda Carroll is an independent choreographer, dancer and teacher, based and working in Berlin and Europe since 2004. In the past twelve years Maya has made works from solo to extended group pieces, collaborated with other dance, music and visual artists from all over the world. She has been making dance independently as well as being commissioned to create pieces for state companies, independent companies and dance academies. In 2011 Maya formed The Instrument with her partner, composer / musician Roy Carroll. Since 2015 she has been increasingly developing group pieces, exploring ways to reflect on old / new communities, tribal / social roots, diversity and singularities.
Class description: The Instrument teaching is a physical laboratory, a broad practice / experience through the articulation of movement in time, space and the imagination. Touch, form, energy, rhythm and resonance are synchronized with thoughts, visions, perspective; all through which movers develop awareness, availability for new information and broadening of physical capacities. The classes play with composition in real time, encouraging flow and bodily wisdom as a pathway to discovery, dance making and performance. www.theinstrument.org
Bio: British choreographer and Teacher Rachael Kansaze Nanyonjo is an alumni of the Brit School for Performing Arts, graduated from Roehampton University with a BA Honours in Dance Studies and gained a Masters in choreography from Middlesex University 2012. Rachael has worked with the Young Vic, East London Dance, Dance Woking, Wayne McGregor Random Dance, Big Dance, BBC, Sky Arts, Londondance.com. Rachael is visiting lecturer teaching choreography at Middlesex University. Kansaze Dance Theatre was formed in 2011 to create innovative contemporary dance physical theatre that responds to socio- cultural and political themes through collaborating with different art forms.
Rachael is a 2015 British Council & Arts Council England Artists international development fund recipient undergoing a research, development and documentation project with TabuFlo Dance Company. She is also on the Trailblazers Fellowship from the Association of Dance of the Diaspora.
Commissions include Ballet Boys Ignition Festival 2014 & Roehampton University Third Row Dance Company 2013. Achievements include a recipient of Dance UK’s Mentoring Programme 2013/14 & London Hub’s ‘Pitch It!’ bursary 2013.
Shortlists include: Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Choreographic Award & Choreographic Captures (2011).
Class description: The class is physical but fun and creative. This class combines contemporary dance techniques such as release/contact improvisation along with incorperating themes from Ugandan afro contemporary styles /music Rachael experienced while working in Uganda 2015. The class is designed to begin with an improvisational warm up that focuses on the coordination and mobilisation of the spine, joints, head and body in the space. We then develop to exploring rhythmical patterns through sequences / footwork influenced by afro contemporary dance. Traveling work includes contact improvisation remaining centered and grounded in the body and moving with rhythm. The session concludes with a phrase that incorporates the movement experienced at the beginning of the class. This is a class that aims to get you moving, expressing yourself freely and energetically.
Opay L. Goldberg
Bio: Opay L. Goldberg is a Berlin based artist, pop-up performer and founder of the ZooZ Approach. Opay is teaching, performing, developing and establishing the ZooZ perspective as a medium for self-exploration and transformation, as lately featured in The German Magazine TANZ.
Opay launched her dance career with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel. Following she joined the Bat-Dor Dance Company, as one of the lead dancers, touring internationally, dancing for some of the best choreographers in the world Jiri Kylian, Hans Van Manen, Paul Taylor and Alvin Ailey.
After concluding this chapter of her Career, she joined an assemble of researchers dwelling unto a long and deep journey as a live manifesto for mind exploration, out of which the creation of ZooZ sprouted.
This last fall Opay travelled to India to ‘Attakkalari’s Academy for Movement Arts and Mixed Media’, invited as a guest teacher and founder of The Zooz Approach and as a Ballet-Master.
In collaboration with photographer and editor Matteo Magnabosco, an intelligible tool of observation is introduced by Matteo to Zooz Approach; "The Camera" - as means for embodying the audience, as well as enhancing self-observation and self-reflection, a sort of transparent mirror. Opay L. Goldberg and Matteo Magnabosco met two years ago at the Berlin performing art scene, collaborating since then.
Class description: As an Artist I believe that only an interesting Mind can yield an unforgettable Performance.
The ZooZ Approach is being explored and researched by Opay L. Goldberg for the past decade.
ZooZ is first of all a medium through which we use the language of movement and the human body to carve minding and wisdom. While interacting with ZooZ, participants are stimulated to research awide and wild range of new emotions and thoughts out of which new “realities” may emerge.
Zooz research and focus upon self-reflectivity, authenticity, presence, being spontaneous, and building mind and body agility. The work of ZooZ Approach is built similarly to a performance art; A series of scenes unfold with the participants, using physical intelligence to extricate and play with fixed patterns of identities, to release creativity and to enhance performance as a unique state of mind. Performers meet in their passion to infuse people around them with ideas and create a space for a directed inspired change. Ghandi’s famous quote ‘be the change you want to see in the world’, echoes for performers which part of their craft is to slightly bend the hand of “reality”.
Bio: michael löhr studied contemporary dance at the cologne university of music and dance. he subsequently received a scholarship to visit the annual summer academy in kyoto, japan. he joined germany's tanztheater bielefeld and tanzcompagnie oldenburg where he worked with rami be'er, shlomi bitton, ingun bjørnsgaard, lionel hoche, jan pusch, jo strømgren, guy weizman & roni haver and gregor zöllig. michael moved to berlin in 2009 in order to start working as a freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher. next to creating his own work, he has been involved in various projects including collaborations with ahn eun-me company, alessandra corti, clint lutes, emanuel gat dance, unterwegstheater heidelberg and has performed at numerous dance festivals around the world. in addition, he works as choreographic assistant of emanuel gat and is regularly invited to teach contemporary dance classes or workshops for institutions such as ballet de lorraine, ballet national de marseille, candoco dance company, cedar lake contemporary
Class description: my class develops from plain and pure body-work / work-out exercises, through short floor- and standing combinations into more complex choreographic sequences. some of the basic principles which are constantly worked with are: finding, strengthening and shifting the center, being on and off balance, resting and exploding into space, moving expansively and taking risks. the class is very physical, energetic and athletic but it also focuses on increasing the physical awareness in order to work within a frame in which one can push his individual limits but keep the body safe. it‘s an essential part of the class to discover and make full use of the logic that underlies every movement phrase. based on that understanding i want to encourage the participants to take their own decisions, so they can find their own way of playing with quality, musicality and dynamics and strengthen their individual expression as a performer.
Bio: Marcela Giesche (US/DE) is a freelance artist currently based in Berlin, Germany. She studied dance and choreography at the Rotterdamse Dansacademie and The Ohio State University where she received her BFA. She has received numerous scholarships including participation in the danceweb 2010 at Impulstanz. Marcela has danced for Bianca Van Dillen and Beppie Blankert in the Netherlands, with Neuer Tanz / VA Wölfl, and Canan Erek in Germany, and for the Italian company Deja Donne. She has taught and presented her work in the USA, Canada, and across Europe. In the past three years she has been working extensively with Bruno Caverna as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. She has also been developing her own research in movement improvisation with strong focus on partnering, musicality, and spatial/energetic awareness. Playing in the fertile crossing ground between dance on stage and movement/improvisation in the street continues to inform and inspire her creative work and life. Dance is what happens when we let our imagination run away with our bodies!
Class description: The class consists of a combination of dynamic release techniques and floor work intertwined with improvisational elements designed to open and expand the possibilities of the performer. Continuous movement flow, partner-work, improvisation, awareness of musicality, and the use of imagery are used to bring the dancer into a state where the class becomes a journey while thoroughly warming up the physical body. Rather than focusing on specific body forms, Marcela’s techniques work on finding clear geometric energy patterns running through the mind, body, and space, which drive the movement with momentum. A sweeping movement phrase is what finally brings the elements of technique, performance, and improvisation together in a full bodied personal expression.
Bio: Heidi Weiss earned her B.F.A. in modern dance from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia in 1992. Upon graduation she performed, choreographed and toured with Group Motion Company from 1992-95. As a Philadelphia young artist, Heidi received grants for her work in addition to freelancing with local artists such as Rennie Harris, Karen Bamonte and SCRAP performance group. In 1997 Heidi relocated to Germany. In 1998, she founded Zen in the Basement Company with Jennifer Mann and Sebastian Gäbel. The company has been creating and performing works for the last 10 years in Berlin, Potsdam and Dresden, as well as touring internationally. Heidi has been teaching throughout Europe for many years in schools, companies and Universities. For the past two and half years she was Professor for Contemporary Dance at Palucca Schule Dresden. Most recently Heidi was a guest artist at Virginia Commonwealth University in Virginia/USA and a guest teacher at SEAD in Salzburg, Austria.
Class description: Heidi Weiss teaches a Contemporary Modern technique class, which combines strenghening elements with release based exercises. Her training begins with basic yoga poses, focusing on breath and clarity. The warm-up continues with a series of moving exercises which focus on creating length and volume in the body, through the use of clear direction and choices. Musicality plays an important role, as the dancers work with intricate phrasing that challenges their ability to change timing and movement quality quickly. These quality and dynamic changes combined with the dancers use of weight, remains the central aim of her style. Through this fusion of fluidity and groundedness, the dancers are encouraged to take risks, testing physical and spacial boundaries. Rhythmical combinations are explored as are more lyrical adage-like phrases. Floorwork is also a central element in the class.
The movement themes are expanded upon as the class progresses into moving sequences. Emphazied is the ability to travel in the space and let go of conventional modern forms while still applying technique. Students are encouraged to concentrate on their unique qualities in order to develop their own personal style of moving. The skill to pick up material quickly is also a class objective, as is practicing performing the choreography in the studio.
Bio: Yaron Shamir is born in Israel and lives in Berlin. He started his artistic carrier in 1998 after 4 years of military service as an officer. Since then, he has been working simultaneously in Europe and Israel as a choreographer and a dancer. He received scholarships and support by the Israeli Ministry of Culture and Education and by the Goethe Institute in Germany. Since 2009, he creates choreographies and installation projects – both ensembles and solos – and gives workshops at the international stage and festivals all over the world. He has been invited as a guest choreographer in the opera houses and theaters in Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Poland, Belgium, Israel, Eastern Europe, as well as South-Korea. Additionally, Yaron Shamir works as a guest juror at international festivals.
web link : https://shamiryaron.wordpress.com/
Class description: We are moving wisely as we learn to analyse the possibilities that time and space offer us. In this class, Momentum, Gravity and Breathing guide and help us while we play with physicality.
Using the languages of floor work, jumps, height control of directions, release and acrobatic elements, we learn to enjoy energy. In this physical world, we develop skills about how to control the judgment in ourselves, while we move and become aware of our surroundings. Everything is a tool as we look beyond the shapes of what is right or wrong in our dynamic world.
Bio: Henrik Kaalund is a freelance choreographer and dancer. He danced for and toured with Conny Janssen Danst - Rotterdam; Jan Pusch - Hamburg; Felix Landerer - Hannover; Peter de Ruiter / Eva Villanueva - Amsterdam and many others.
He choreographed for companies in Dortmund, Hildesheim, Greifswald, Gießen, Valencia and for many other groups and occasions.
He has won several prizes for his choreography and dancing, in Hannover, Leipzig, Burgos and elsewhere.
Prior to this, he studied at the John Cranko School, Stuttgart and David Howards School of Dance, New York, after which he worked at Cleveland Ballet Arizona, Basel Ballet and Ballet Dortmund. where he worked with Rui Horta, Amanda Miller, Mei Hong Lin, Jean Renshaw and many others.
For a number of years he has practiced contact improvisation and found this very beneficial for understanding movement and touch. He teaches contact improvisation and contemporary dance, in Berlin and elsewhere.
More information at www.kaalund.net
Class description: The class starts with a warm-up, starting gently and gradually increasing the energy. The emphasis here is on continuous movement, activating the fluids in the joints and making extensive use of "active-stretching" (stretching while moving). This is followed by some shorter exercises designed to provide strength, stamina, stability, coordination, musicality and to practice specific moves for the work to follow.
In the last part of the class, a longer combination will be learned and we will work on various ways to perform it.
Floor-work plays an important part in the class, where techniques, tricks and tips for a smooth relation to the floor will be rehearsed and ways devised to achieve a soft transition from up to down + vise versa. But equally important is to take the smootheness, softness and groundedness with us in the upright work, which is also floor-work, actually.
It is the goal of the class to afford an all-round condition of the body, getting it ready for whatever work may follow that day or days to come, while tuning the mind to possible approaches to space, music/musicality and other dancers.
Einav Katan-Schmid, PhD, is a research associate at the Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung, an Interdisciplinary Laboratory, at Humboldt University of Berlin. Having a background as a dancer, her main focus of research is philosophy of dance. Einav has been practicing Gaga daily with the company's classes at Batsheva Dance Company (led by Ohad Naharin) (2003-2009), and holds a dance teaching diploma from The Wingate Institute for Physical Education and Sport (Israel). Her book “Embodied Philosophy in Dance; Gaga and Ohad Naharin's Movement Research” was published with Palgrave Macmillan (2016). Einav’s work is in the intersection of practice with theory and deals with questions that have both artistic and philosophical implications. She was a lecturer for philosophy at the College for Arts, “Hamidrasha” Beit Berl, Israel, at the Faculty of Arts, Tel-Aviv University, and a guest professor for practice and theory at the program for MA in Choreography, HZT Berlin. She has been teaching practical workshops on embodied research in varied platforms.
Bio: Narendra Patil is a professional Dancer, Teacher, Choreographer and Performer from India and a movement specialist in contemporary dance, Flying Low and Improvisation.
He has been a Principal Performer, Teacher and Assistant choreographer at Terence Lewis Contemporary Dance Company for 10 years. He has received training in various dance forms from teachers all over the world and has shown his mettle under the likes of David Zambrano, Terence Lewis, Josef-Linda, Peter Jasko, Laura Aris, Suzanne Linke, Anton Lachky, Nakula Somana, Marin Leggat etc. Narendra is the first Indian contemporary dancer who has studied under David Zambrano as a part of a 30 days intensive workshop of "Flying Low” and “Passing Through” technique in Berlin, Germany, where he was selected among 489 dancers from all around the world.
This year, he again got selected for EXIN for 30 days Flying Low and Passing Through intensives which is going to be conduct in Madrid, Spain September 2016. Training in all these dance forms, exploring numerous movement possibilities, and finding inspiration and knowledge at various dance festivals, intensive workshops and creations with renowned teachers from all over the world and over the years, he was inspired to
create his own dance vocabulary. Narendra is currently working as an independent artist in Europe and India. He has been invited to teach at Deltebre Dansa Festival, Spain; Marameo, Berlin, Germany; Saint Petersburg, Samara, Moscow, Russia; Athens, Greece; and many other professional dance schools in Europe and India. Recently Narendra have been collaborated with Lamprini Gkolia (Greece) who are working together as Performers and Teachers in Europe and in India . They have performed their “CAMOUFLAGE” Duet creation in Greece, Athens , Ioannina and Deltebre Dansa Festival, Spain 2015 and also took their partnering workshops to Greece and India. Performed Improvisation Trio Performance with David Zambrano and Lamprini Gkolia Performed in Athens 2015. Axismundi Jaipur and Geneva Project - Collaborate and performed with Mohemad Toukabri, Tunisia. Rakesh Sukesh, India. and Bolarin Da Costa, Belgium. Art Director - Pol Sinus. The piece has been created during a Pro Helvetia residency in India in 2015 and the premiere took place in Théâtre du Galpon, Geneva for Antigel Festival on 8th of February 2016.
Class description: IndYog -Contemporary Workshop. It is a combination of the Indian Classical Dance, Kathak, Yoga and Contemporary Movement Vocabulary. It has lot of powerful footwork, hand combinations, rhythms and spins. Class starts with Meditative posture and Asanas (Asana is a specific posture which strengthens Mind and Body). We continue to conditioningthe body through Yoga and movement and it includes body toning and Martial arts exercises which are later incorporated into the movement phrase. Playing with momentum, suspension and dynamic floor routines (which combines speed and centrifugal energy). It also combines floor exploration with antigravity falls, recovery, agile partnering and strength based technique which allows the individual to discover organic body rhythms and floor connections. Students can expect to learn certain Indian classical Mudras from the dance form of Kathak & Bharatnatyam which can be incorporated in to the final phrase. Workshop will be focused on - Speed, musicality, strength, Fixed Phrases, moving in the space, rhythm, emotions, different movement vocabulary through Improvisation tools, movement precision and efficiency.
Bio: Damian Gmür completed his professional dance education at the "Tanz Akademie / Zürcher Hochschule der Künste". As a dancer he worked over 15 years in numerous theaters and dance companies throughout Europe and worked with different choreographers like Örjan Andersson, Philippe Blanchard, Nils Christe, André Gingras, Guy & Ronnie, Tamas Juronics, Roberto Olivan, Martin Stiefermann, Jochen Ulrich, Richard Wherlock, Gregor Zöllig. Since 2008 he has worked as a freelancer teaching regularly at festivals and for dance companies (Theatre Kassel / Johannes Wieland, Theatre Braunschweig / Gregor Zöllig, Theatre Osnabrück / Nanine Linning, Theatre Giessen / Tarek Hassan) and created choreographies for youth productions at tanzhaus nrw. In addition to dance he learns and teaches Capoeira. www.damiangmuer.de
Class description: Musicality, change of dynamics, creativity and striking movement qualities mark good dancers. In class we put the moving body and music in the focus as well as the intention to incorporate different dynamics and movement qualities. Thus we make use of different dance techniques and styles - from Release Technique, Modern Dance and Floor Work until Ballet, Capoeira and urban dance styles - with the aim to build a productive dance training.Characteristic are flow, the interaction of tension and relaxation, the exploration and play with gravity, the awareness of natural functions of the body, which we like to sharpened day by day.Through an extensive warm-up at the beginning of the class, we learn to make better use of space, gravity and breathing. We make the body fluid, we embody different dynamics and movement qualities and we use release to recharge our batteries. Thus we have the tool to expand dynamically our possibilities of moving and to integrate risk into the dancing. In the second part we bring the reflected principles into dance and different choreographies using all levels of the room.20% making body liquid10% stretch & strengthen 30% moving on - in and out of the ground 10% technical skills /crossing the space / standing exercices 30% Choreographic sequences - dancing, musicality, different dynamics, taking risks, having fun.
Bio: Elik studied dance at the „Sadana Performing Arts School - Kibbutz and the „Gaaton & Talma Yalin Art School“ in Tel Aviv. After his education he worked with several choreographers like Susanne Linke, Josef Tmim and Rami Levi in Israel. He also worked in different dance companies like DeDe Dance, Moza and Vertigo and with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. In 2005 he moved to Germany to work as freelanced dancer in Berlin. He collaborated with choreographers as :
-Martin Stiefermann / Staatstheater Oldenburg
-Mirela Waingarten / Komische Oper,
-Nir De Volff / Total Brutal
- Santiago Bloom - Die Geschichte Vom Soldaten eli
-Since 2009 was creating and performing with the company Constanza Macras / DorkyPark , as well he working as a rehearsal manager in several of the company production.
- 2013-2014 worked in Shasha Waltz & guest company for ZKM project and Tannhäuser
In the last 2 years Elik has bin teaching in several schools and studios in Europe and Israel such as Berlin (Motion), Hamburg (Hip hop Academy), Norway (Dansens Hus -Oslo) , Israel - (MASPA Gaaton, Masa BA program) and more.
Class description: The class is based on floor work Technique combined with elements from Acrobatics and Martial Arts. It focuses on different aspects of floor work through the control of energy and anatomy: the organization & coordination of the body while being upside down, how to go in & out the floor in the most economic & flowed way thanks to the use of gravitation and momentum… Through this physical journey, the body enlarges its movement vocabulary. In addition to technique, the class gives a strong emphasis on right preparation of the body in short & long term working, avoiding injuries and dealing with injuries with an Emphasis on joint strengthening.
Bio: Milla Koistinen has graduated from the Theatre Academy of Helsinki, Finland in 2004 with MA in dance and from HfS Ernst Busch/HZT Berlin with MA in choreography in 2012.
She has worked among others with Kristian Smeds, Hiroaki Umeda, Peter Verhelst (NTGent/Johan Simons), Cie Heddy Maalem, Christine Gaigg, Hans van den Broeck and Les Ballets du Grand Maghreb. Since 2008 she has been creating her own work and her creations have been played among other locations in HAU, Tanzhaus NRW and in Uferstudios Berlin.
In the summer 2010 Koistinen was one of the danceWEB scholarship recipients in Impulstanz Vienna.
She has been a guest teacher at SEAD Salzburg, Sasha Waltz & Guests, the Iceland Academy of the Arts, Tanzhaus NRW, Tanzhaus Zürich, Theatre Academy of Helsinki, the University of Tampere (in the actor's department), the conservatory of Tampere, Marameo, Berlin, DOCK11, HZT Berlin, Espace Catastrophe in Brussels and PAC, Ramallah. http://millakoistinen.net
Class description: Focus of the class will be on dynamics, rhythm, details, explosion, silence and active decision making. The class starts with gently warming up and softening the muscles and joints. There will be a variation of exercises focusing on breathing, rooting the feet on the floor, using the weight of the body, finding ways to go to the floor and coming back up to standing. The whole class is focused on finding an alert and articulated ways of moving and to use the body in an efficient, energetic manner. We will explore how to do this in an economical way and how to divide the energy throughout the class.
Bio: Born in Houston, Texas(USA). Studied at the Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson
Academy, The Alvin Ailey School, the High School for the Performing and Visual
Arts in Houston, TX and later attended SUNY Purchase College. Before starting
professional career, he was a winner of the Youth American Grand Prix competition in New York City and was elected as a Presidential Scholar of the Arts in 2003, where he performed for the President at the Kennedy Center. He has worked and danced with Sidra Bell Dance NY, the Kevin Wynn Collection, Cedar Lake, Contemporary Ballet, Basel Ballet/ Theater Basel, and a guest with the Goteborg Operan Dans Kompani. I was most recently a dancer and member with The Forsythe Company and he is freelancing with Tino Sehgal and Jerome Bel.
Class description: Roderick George teaches a very high level of dynamic and physical coordination that integrates the floor as an important component in his class. The rich exploration with full body connection and concept to the awareness of where head and toes are in the alignment. His teaching is focus on the clarity of movement which stems from the variations of ballet, release technique, Límon, gymnastic or acrobatic physicality, and rhythmic coordination. This elements help the form and allows for a greater range of physical expression. The meaning or reason for dancing! His methods or approach is for further individual development and promoting each dancers ability to interpret possibilities in the total range of each owns moment.
Bio: Sonia Rodríguez began her professional career as interpreter for Provisional Danza,later on with Charleroi Danses, En-Knap and Gissela Rocha. From 1999 to 2002 she worked with Rui Horta as interpreter but also took part as assistant of choreography mending pieces for different companies like Scottish Dance Theater and Norrdans. She moved to London in 2002, nowadays she collaborates with the Cia Yann Lheureux. In 2002 she received the best interpreter prize of the Choreographic Contest of Madrid, having the opportunity to take part in the American Dance Festival. La Cía. Sonia Rodríguez has created many well received works. She has been guestteaching for the Conservatoire of Portugal, Cia Metros, Lanonima Imperial, Institut del Teatre (Barcelona), Norrdans, Scottish Dance Theater, Iwanson School, En-Knap, CMD'H, ICDW Prague and Sasha Waltz.
Class description: Beginning with focusing work, Sonia will introduce specific exercises designed to engage the muscles and release excess tension through use of the breath. Refined articulations will be explored in the centre, followed by extended combinations to emphasise the development of kinetic awareness and the use of muscular opposition to facilitate flexibility into, out of and off the floor. The class will finish with more complex phrases combining different energetic qualities, different levels and material from Sonia's company repertoire.
Emily Jeffries is a Berlin-based dancer, choreographer and researcher. She utilizes language, movement, theory and research to explore the socio-political possibilities for transformation and embodiment of empathy in her performances. Her works are developed through a rich process of detailed practise-based research and have been seen throughout the USA, England, and Germany. Currently, her work pulls from philosophy and movement methodology.
Originally from the United States, her NYC performance credits include Cirque du Soleil, Anabella Lenzu, Oren Barnoy, Korhan Basaran, Judith Jacobs, Karesia Batan, and as a soloist with BalaSole Dance Company. Since relocating to Europe and receiving her Masters from The Place: London Contemporary Dance School, Emily has had the pleasure of working with Ira Demina, Maresa von Stockert, Tuan Ly, and Maria Nuganen among others.
Class description: Floor work and spatial awareness are the foundations of this class. Preparing the body for dynamic movement, the class begins with an emphasis on floor work. As the class continues, phrases and movements become more complex and physically demanding. It is a very physical class, and risk and personal movement choices are encouraged. Combinations rely on energy, form, and rhythm in order to move expansively through space. Spatial awareness and physicality act as a framework, guiding dancers to move safely in one’s body and throughout the room. While I provide an initial structure, content, and movement, the class is continually encouraged to find themselves within each sequence and make personal decisions. Through experiencing athletic movement, the body becomes available for many physical possibilities layered with personal intention.
Bio: Originally from South Tyrol in Italy, Marion is a professional dancer/instructor based in Berlin, Germany. She received her professional dance training at Varium in Barcelona and Iwanson Contemporary Dance School in Munich. As a teacher she has been working in several schools and festivals in Italy, Spain, Costa Rica, Russia, Portugal and Germany a.o at Ballettförderzentrum Nürnberg, Kari-Tanzhaus, Deltebre Dansa, Academy Dancer Russia, Varium Barcelona, Marameo, Dock 11, Etage, Danceworks and Tanzfabrik (Berlin).
Marion has collaborated as a dancer with choreographers and companies such as Stella Zannou in the piece “Strange”, Sonia Rodriguez, performing “Mabel”, ADN-Dialect in the pieces “Zeitzone”, “Urban Shaman and “L’affaire Wettstein”, Eldon Pulak in "The Wetting Party" and as a guestdancer of Wee-dance Company. Her solo-work "The Ripe and ruin" has been performed at several theaters and festivals in Costa Rica, Greece, Spain, Switzerland, Italy and Germany. She is founder of the KpiqA-Collective and performed their duet “Eight” in Spain, Italy, Russia and Germany. Recently Marion got invited as a young emerging choreographer to “Certamen Coreografíco de Madrid, Paso a 2” to present “Eight”.
In 2014 Marion was part of “EX-IN”, a one month intensive workshop with David Zambrano learning Flying Low and Passing Through Technique.
Class description: I teach Contemporary dance training with emphasis on floor work. We start the class by opening our channels of awarness. The warm-up is focused on passing through the whole body and expanding our flexibility and strength. We use the playfullness in our movement to connect to the natural flow of breath. With the help of exercises in different constellations - in a group, with a partner and alone - we listen to the weight of our body and direct it through space. An important aspect of the training is the attention to the momentum in movement and on integrating changes of dynamic and musicality in short movement phrases. As techniques of inspiration for my class I use a lot the principles of Flying Low technique by David Zambrano as well as release technique mixed with my personal investigation. I like to establish a collective mind and body inside the class to enhance the group power giving an energetic push to the individual source of creativity.
Bio: Andreas has graduated from the National School of Contemporary Dance in Athens (Greece) and currently is based in Berlin.
Together with Xenia Alexandrou, are the founders of Porson's Khashoggi dance company in order to create or transform ordinary movement situations, as they bring them in front of the audience.
Porson´s Khashoggi´s scenical solutions consider the human body as a system of the present. Without Past or Future: Past is the memory of technique and Future is the unpredictable result. The human body responds, creates & stretch the possibilities by changing environments.
The company works intensively with the dimension of time as a fundamental element of movement. The audience is invited to participate in rapid journeys and slow travels around the performance.
Porson's Khashoggi has been presented works in Germany (Berlin, Karlsruhe, Reutlingen), Luxembourg, Italy, Poland, Greece, France & China.
Furthermore, Andrea collaborated with contemporary dance artists & theater directors such as Sasha Waltz & Guests(since 2013), Anton Lachky, Fang-Yu Shen(Scapino ballet house choreo), MS Schittmacher, Roes Dance Theater, K. Rigo, Antzela Brouskou, Gianni Kaklea a.o. The Belgian Choreographer Wim Vandekeybus invited him as a dance artist for research project in 2014.
Lastly, he's teaching regularly classes-workshops for Professional Dance Companies/Institutions as National Choreographic Center of Luxembourg, State Theater Heidelberg under direction of Nanine Linning (Germany), Henny Jurriëns Foundation (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Equilibrio Dinamico (Italy), TanzBüro Basel (Switzerland), Centrum Kultury Lublinie & Szczecin (Poland), Tanzfabrik Berlin, Marameo Berlin, Seneca Intensiv Berlin, Minsheng Contemporary Museum (Shanghai, China), ZKM Museum of Media Art Karlsruhe, HFG University of Media Art Karlsruhe, Kulturzentrum Tempel Karlsruhe, Belgium, Austria, Greece a.o.
Class description: the class makes focus on sharing materials/ways, on how to observe, receive/read all the space informations with opening more possibilities in using the maximum of our eyes. Broadening our view with hugging a bigger picture in space & creating new space outside/inside our bodies in order to carry us in space of a 3D motion.
The warm up is based mostly in the floor-work in which the body weight is supported from it & muscles are weightless. The awareness of weight traveling from side to side or part to part will be constantly mentioned.
Working on dynamics/momentums of moving fast, into/across the floor. Understanding/observing the possibilities of body space which is created through the eyes.
Using our breath or our sounds as a coordinator of the flow or connecting with the group.
Playing with the movements is a challenge of risk taking for each moment, both physically and performatively.
Composed phrase is given & developed in the weekly process, which its materials have been already introduced before.
"Taking decisions considering the present, investigating the "Now", creating our own rules in our own bodies”.
Bio: Samuel Minguillon started his education as in Tenerife, his native island where he graduated in the Performing Arts. He moved to Madrid and Barcelona to continue his studies and soon he started to work as an actor, dancer and teacher, assistant choreographer and creating his own work as well. He has been dancing with Tenerife Danza Lab (Tenerife), Cia Sonia Rodriguez (Barcelona), Plan B Company (Barcelona), Toula Limnaios (Berlin) and assisting Royston Maldoon and Tamara Mac Lord in the production Grandes Pasos. The last years he has been dancing in Spain, France, Turkey, Germany, Brasil, Russia and The Netherlands with choreographers like Alfredo Bravo, y Aranxta Sagardoy, Helena Berthelius, Toula Limnaios, Mateo Grazziano, Gabriela Suarez, a.o.
Class description: His class has a very strong relationship with the floor that will gradually develop in sequences and will transport you into his very fluid but energetic body language. He encourages you to take his material and move with it in your own way. The goal for each dancer is to find an authentic physical way of moving, using the space to transport their movement, always making an honest connection with themselves and with the others. Samuel believes that the performance starts in the studio. Every moment is valid to trust and express yourself, give your best and of course, enjoy Dancing.
Bio: Elita Cannata is an Italian dancer and Countertechnique teacher, currently based in Italy. She graduated from Rotterdam Dance Academy / Codarts in the Netherlands with a BA in dance in 2007. During and after her graduation she danced and performed for José Navas, Megumi Nakamura, Anoukvandijk dc, Cathy Sharp Ensemble, Compagnia Tpo, Tan Temel, Samuele Cardini, Marina Giovannini and Lynsey Peisinger among others. In 2011 she got her MA in Theories of Performing Arts at the Università degli Studi in Bologna. Next to her dance projects she also collaborated for Festivals and cultural organisations in Italy, such as Fabbrica Europa, Festival dei Popoli, Middle East Festival and Openflr. From 2014 she is a Countertechnique teacher, happily sharing this essential encounter of her life with the dancers she meets.
Class description: Developed by Anouk van Dijk, Countertechnique provides tools for body and mind to deal with the demanding dance practice of the 21st century. It is a movement system to help the dancer think about the dancing body, focusing on the process of incorporating information into action. Within a clear structure of exercises, the Countertechnique class thoroughly prepares the body for rehearsal and performance, enabling dancers to move bigger, more fluidly and more spatially, while becoming stronger and more flexible.
By continuously and sequentially directing and counter directing parts of the body through space, Countertechnique allows the moving dancer to work with an ever changing dynamic balance. This dynamic balance reduces the pressure on the overall body structure and can be changed at any given moment. The consistent use of the counter direction in all movements is key to the technique; both the awareness and application of this principle is trained throughout the Countertechnique class.
The Countertechnique® class is a contemporary dance technique class. It stretches, coordinates and strengthens the body, making the dancer sweat, build stamina and really move. The class starts with a recurring set of exercises, allowing dancers to investigate the Countertechnique® principles in detail. The second half of the class consists of changing components working towards luscious movement combinations
Bio: Iyar Elezra was born in Tel Aviv on 1987 and studied in the Academy of Dance and Music in Jerusalem. Joined Batsheva Ensemble in 2005 and worked at the Batsheva dance company from 2008 until 2016. During her work period in Batsheva, aside of working regularly with Ohad Naharin, has also worked with Yasmeen Godder, Sharon Eyal and Roy Assaf. Iyar is a recipient of the 2002-2004 Israel-America cultural foundation education scholarship. She choreographed and participated in "curtain up 2015" - a centerpiece of Israel's contemporary dance calendar for young choreographers. Has won the "Yair Shapira award" in 2016.
Class description: Gaga is a movement language which Ohad Naharin developed over the course of many years and which is applied in daily practice and exercises by the Batsheva Dance Company members. The language of Gaga originated from the belief in the healing, dynamic, ever-changing power of movement, and it continues to evolve today.
Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body. Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Gaga raises awareness of physical weaknesses, awakens numb areas, exposes physical fixations, and offers ways for their elimination. The work improves instinctive movement and connects conscious and unconscious movement, and it allows for an experience of freedom and pleasure in a simple way, in a pleasant space, in comfortable clothes, accompanied by music, each person with himself and others. Gaga has two tracks: Gaga/people and Gaga/dancers.
Gaga/dancers classes are open to professional dancers or advanced dance students ages 16+.
These classes last for an hour and fifteen minutes and are taught by dancers who have worked closely with Ohad Naharin. Gaga/dancers classes are built on the same principles as Gaga/people classes but also employ the specific vocabulary and skills that are part and parcel of a dancer’s knowledge. The layering of familiar movements with Gaga tasks presents dancers with fresh challenges, and throughout the class, teachers prompt the dancers to visit more unfamiliar places and ways of moving as well. Gaga/dancers deepens dancers’ awareness of physical sensations, expands their palette of available movement options, enhances their ability to modulate their energy and engage their explosive power, and enriches their movement quality with a wide range of textures.
Bio: Adonis Vais was born in Athens, Greece and graduated from the Greek State School of Dance in 2009. During his studies he danced for the Hellenic Dance Company and the choreographer Valasia Simeon. By graduation, he was awarded the Koula Pratsika Foundation scholarship and started performing for several choreographers and companies such as: Dimitris Papaioannou, Oktana Dance Theater, Jukstapoz. In the end of 2010 he moves to the Netherlands where he is working for Dorit Weintal - Dansmakers Amsterdam to continue later in Berlin, as a member of the cie. Toula Limnaios for the year 2011. In 2012 he started working with Sasha Waltz & Guests, dancing and creating for projects such as: ''MusicTANZ- Carmen'' of the Berliner Philharmoniker, ''Sacre'', ''Tannhäuser'' and ''Roméo et Juliette''. He is teaching in DANCEWORKS berlin, but also hosted as a guest teacher in Tanzfabrik, Marameo, DOCK11, Motion*s, Dance Cultural Centre Athens and the Vertigo International Dance Program in Jerusalem.
Class description: The whole class is based and structured, on and around the perception of human presence and intention. The class starts with a soft and gradual warm up through guided improvisation. When the body arrives to a certain awareness, structured exercises in the form of small understandable phrases, stimulate coordination, rhythmicity, interaction and the ability to produce movement in a wider range of qualities and control. Arriving to a common field with the group, we conclude putting the tools we used and discovered together, into a longer dance phrase that encourages individuality as a fundamental of coexistence in space.