Michael Löhr Contemporary Training for Dancers
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 ballet, cie. amala dianor, pvc tanz, polish national ballet, potsdamer tanztage, tanz im august, tanzhaus nrw and unterwegstheater heidelberg. for more information please visit www.mlcontemporary.com
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.