Katja Mustonen  Contemporary Training for Dancers

Bio: Katja Mustonen (FIN) is a Finnish dancer, teacher and dance maker, who currently works and lives as a nomad. She graduated from the Vocational Dance School in Outukumpu, Finland 2004 as dancer, and holds a MA degree in "Contemporary Dance Education" from the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany. Since 2008, she's been teaching Contemporary Dance Technique, Improvisation and Contact Improvisation internationally.  She is curious about the states of presence and the body's ability to transform, embody, and transmit images, into knowledge, emotions and atmosphere's. Recently she's been interested in jointing photography, video and text among other interdisciplinary approaches into her artistic work.

Classdescription: This Contemporary Dance training is a combination that draws inspiration from various sources such as yoga, somatic principles, floor work, and other release based techniques. We start with a warm-up that slowly awakens the body-mind, engages the breath and gradually prepares the body thru simple movement patterns. Emphasizing spine as a mobile and articulate base for movement, drawing attention to the sensation of gravity, flow and ability to move with ease, the warm-up is followed by phrases that build up towards more complexity. Focusing on the changes of level, locomotion, directions in space and altering tone of the body, we engage the spine through various means whilst asking how does the center support periphery and other way around. The class aims at developing the gain of physical strength and effortlessness of the body in motion, while touching some choreographic notions.

Guest teachers  Classical Training for Dancers

10.10. - 16.10.2016  Maria Nitsche
17.10. - 23.10.2016  Hervé Palito
24.10. - 30.10.2016  Chandana M. Hörmann

Guest teachers  Contemporary Training for Dancers

12.00 - 13.30h / 13.00 - 14.30h (Weekend)

04.09. - 08.09.2017    Rakesh Sukesh (+ Going Deeper Workshop)
09.09. & 10.09.2017   Max Makowski

11.09. - 15.09.2017    Milla Koistinen
16.09. & 17.09.2017   Katja Mustonen

18.09. - 22.09.2017    Sonia Rodriguez
23.09. & 24.09.2017   Yaron Shamir

25.09. - 29.09.2017    Marion Sparber
30.09. & 01.10.2017   Fred Gehrig

02.10. - 06.10.2017   Erol Alexandrov
07.10. & 08.10.2017   Alya Manzart

09.10. - 13.10.2017   Milla Koistinen
14.10. &15.10.2017   Alessandro Marzotto




14.00 - 15.30h (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

18.09. - 22.09.2017   Adonis Vais

25.09. - 29.09.2017   Carlos Aller

02.10. - 06.10.2017   Ortrun Stanzel

09.10. - 13.10.2017   Alessandro Marzotto