Isabel Gotzkowsky Contemporary Training for Dancers
Bio: ISABEL GOTZKOWSKY was born and raised in Germany but lived and worked in New York City from 1988 - 2011. During her 23+ years in New York, she has studied and performed with many artists and in many Techniques, including Laurie DeVito, Jennifer Muller, Lynn Simonson, Howard Katz Fireheart, Young Soon Kim, David Storey, Susanne Braun and Sabatino Verlezza. In 1998, she formed Isabel Gotzkowsky and Friends, a modern dance company committed to the exploration of emotion and athleticism in moving images.
Isabel's choreography has been presented in many venues and programs in New York, in San Francisco, New Jersey, Virginia, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, most notably at The Yard on Martha's Vineyard and at Jacob's Pillow. Internationally it has been presented in Germany at Internationaler Tanzwettbewerb (Hannover) and at Stadthallen Aurich and Aschaffenburg; in France at the Festival Off d'Avignon (Paris); in Canada at the fringe Festival Of Independent Dance Artists (Toronto), the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, the Athabasca Country Fringe Festival, and the Theater Fringe Festival (Toronto); and in Mexico, Poland, Italy, and Kenya. Isabel was invited to be one of 33 renowned international choreographers chosen to create a short solo for "Mayim – Mayim: Miniatures of Remembrance" in Fürth, Germany, November and December 2007.
Isabel has taught workshops and master classes in Germany, Poland, Switzerland, and Canada and served on the faculty of Dance New Amsterdam in New York for over 16 years. She has also served on the faculties of Ballet Arts, New Dance Group and Dance Forum in New York and Montclair State University in New Jersey and was an artist-in-residence at Danceloft in Rorschach, Switzerland from 1996-2007. She continues to guest teach at Iwanson Dance Center in Munich and Balance1 in Berlin.
Isabel moved to Berlin this past December and is looking forward to establishing herself artistically in the area.
Classdescription: Isabel seeks to create movement that, although based on knowledge of our individual body and strong technique, is not based on traditional dance vocabulary. She enjoys exploring different and unexpected ways to move the body. Much of her movement is off-center and uses breath and rebound, focusing on movement initiation and dynamic qualities.
The warm-up will prepare the dancer to interpret and execute Isabel's movement in an individual way. Beginning slowly in the center and standing, the dancers will warm up the spine and waist, focusing on pelvic placement, before introducing more complicated patterns that include limb range of motion, full body movement, direction changes and floor work. Isabel recognizes the Simonson Technique, the Muller Technique and the Pilates Method as strong influences in her training and movement approach. She believes firmly in the artistic expression through the body and continues to explore movement and create work for her company, Isabel Gotzkowsky and Friends.