Floor Barre - (Barre à Terre) with Laurence Chaperon

Dates: every Thursday 8.30 a.m. – 09.30 a.m., small studio
Only by appointment!

Laurence Chaperon is a former ballet dancer in Paris and at the Staatsoper Bonn.
The "Floor Barre", also known as "Barre à Terre" is the ideal way of training the entire body and improving the body posture. All exercises are done in a sitting position and thereby convey a better feeling and understanding for a correct and healthy body posture.

Going Deep - To Cross The Border Of Our Borders. Workshop by Sonia   Rodriguez

27.3, 29.3., 31.3.
14.00 - 16.00h
Price for three days: 60 Euro
Price for one day: 20 Euro 

Every day we try to enjoy the moment, learning and following our way, gathering our own experiences. The motor of dancers and movers is our body, it’s the tool by which we explore the movements to communicate and canalize our emotions. All external impulses influence our dance and they manifest differently depending on our personality. This is the knowledge that we want to expand and share with others. In this master class I would like to share my choreographic point of view, and contribute ideas to reflect on our capabilities and limitations as a performer. I invite dancers and movers who want to experiment and transform our old patterns. It will be an evolving process: we will start with a technical class to work the perception of the body
as layers, with different sensation and emotional states, emphasizes the body ́s natural alignments and movements, between doing and observing the flow of impulses .In the second part we will put our attention on more complex phrases, combining different energetic qualities and different levels. All this under the inspiring idea “ To cross the border of our borders”. The first objective is working our presence without fear, this will allow us to be honest with our feelings and inspiration, and being able to share it with the group. We will go through our intense physical work to explore bodily experiences and images finding our own strategies to perform.

Sonia was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canarias (Spain) in 1974.
Her professional career began as an interpreter and dancer for the Cia Provi- sional Dance (Madrid 1992-1996) then continued with Cia Charleroi Danses (Belgium 1996-1998), Cia En-Knap (Slovenia 1999-1998) and Cia Gissela Rocha (Zurich 1999).
After working in different projects and companies she joined Cia Rui Horta (Germany 1999-2002) where besides being a dancer she also took the part as an assistant of choreography creating pieces for different companies like Scottish Dance Theater (Scotland) and Cia Norrdans (Sweden).
In 2002 she is awarded the Best Dancer of the Certamen Coreográfico de Madrid that gives her the chance to participate in the American Dance Festi- val 2002 (North Caroline, USA).
In 2002 her professional career brought her to England, working with Cia H2- dance (London 2002-2003) and continued with being assistant of choreo- graphy and interpreter of the Cia Lanonima Imperial (Barcelona, Spain 2003- 2005); Cia Lior Lev (Stuttgart, Germany 2005); Cia Cobosmika (Barcelona, Spain 2005-2006) and Cia La Baraka (Lyons, France 2006-2008).These last years she joined other Companies such as Cie Yann Lheureux (Montpellier, 2008-2013), Cie Dysoundbo( Luzern, 2013), and Hausgemacht Company (Munich, 2015-2013).
In 2013 she is invited to performe at the Beijing Dance Festival 2013 (China). Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts (Bangalore, India) in collaboration with Goethe Institut Bangalore invited her to be artist in residence to choreograph the piece “ Absence / Presence”) 2014.
In 2016 she receives a residency at the Choreographiche Resident CC Hei- delberg with the piece “ Mabel”
Since 2002 she has her own Company, Cía. Sonia Rodríguez. Her first solo Caos was awarded the third best performer prize at the 8th International Solo Dance event at Stuttgart and won the price for the best choreography in the Danza Calviá Festival 2005. Since 2013 Sonia is based between Berlin and Gran Canaria 

The Group Motion Workshop

Date: Saturday, March 25th and July 1st 2017, from 20:00 - 22:00h
Price: 20€

Collective Dance Making in the Moment
A Creative Practice
The Group Motion Workshop is a two hour long, non stop guided process of dance/movement improvisation with live music. Based on structures and scores created and developed by Brigitta Herrmann and Manfred Fischbeck as an outgrowth of their work with the Group Motion Dance Company, this Workshop has been created and evolved since 1972. It is being conducted regularly every Friday night in Philadelphia for over forty years and has toured to festivals, dance centers, colleges and schools in the US and other countries such as Japan, Taiwan, Argentina, Germany, France, Poland, Lithuania, Cyprus, Bermuda and Barbados. This tradition is now being implemented and carried on by a Berlin based Group Motion WS Collective, whose members include performing artist and leading Group Motion Workshop facilitator and teacher (since 2010) Laina Fischbeck from Rennes, France, Berlin based teachers Jennifer Mann and Heidi Weiss, as well as musician/composer Geoffrey Armes, who will be leading an ensemble of musicians. No experience is required!!!

The Group Motion Workshop can be utilized as a creative practice on all levels of dance experience and all ages. It serves as a resource for creative and authentic expression through dance, music and movement and sound, transformation and healing. It offers a space for interactivity and communication which is spontaneous, deep and direct, allowing for new channels of creative potential to open. The Group Motion Workshop celebrates the language of movement as a language that anyone can speak and understand. In its most known format, the famous 'Friday Night Workshop', the overlap of dancers and non-dancers and of different ages ads a powerful dimension of mutual learning and exchange of movement information and body/mind/spirit integration. As one observing and participating dancer/choreographer remarked:"You realize how much movement dancers have trained out of their bodies ". The Workshop combines highly refined structures of improvisation, movement meditations, and contact dance with explorations of breath flow, sound, and movement qualities in an interactive exchange with live improvised acoustic and electronic music. These structures are practiced in ways of playing, discovering and experiencing individually and collectively the languages of movement and dance, sound and music. These structures reflect universal patterns of communication found in nature and the human psyche. They have the potential of tapping into archetypal images and visualizations from the collective subconscious rendering forms of spontaneously compositional and choreographic creation. The practice of these dances in the space of creative interaction with music in the moment creates a ritual space of building community. 

 Partner work into choreography workshop 

9.4., 15.00 - 18.00h
Fee: 30€
Early birds (before March26th): 25€ 
Registration by April 2nd

In this physical workshop we will use contact improvisation skills as well as learning repertoire to create a partnering duet.
Inspired by the devising process of the piece Planting memories, we will draw out the essence of each encounter, taking into account intentions, musicality and theatricality. In this sense partnering is not only seen as a technique but as a language, a mean to create and investigate the relationship between the dancers, to play and discover new shades of human interactions.
Planting memories is a dance duet that explores the concepts of personal space and identity. Drawing inspiration from their own lives, Marie and Paula relate personal memories through text and images. 
‘By plunging into a surreal world, this piece guides the audience through a personal journey in which the unfolding of the past enables the present.’

Performance on April 8th at the English Theatre Berlin, as part of the Expat Expo festival 2017 (

This workshop is suitable for dancers, performers and dance students.

Biographies and common work

Paula (Mexico) and Marie (France/UK/Germany) are international dance artists who met 13 years ago in the frame of their dance studies at the London Contemporary Dance school. Thereafter they both went onto an exchange program in the USA (California Institute of the Arts and Purchase College) and carried on developing their performing and choreographing career over the globe, collaborating with various dance companies, composers, filmmakers, and multimedia artists.
Paula has performed with Phoenix Dance Theatre, Freddie Opoku Addaie, Jean Abreu Dance, Oskola Projektua; CEPRODAC (CONACULTA/INBA), Foramen M. Ballet, Dam Van Huynh, Mariana Bellotto and Asun Noales. Marie has performed with Kate Flatt, Fin Walker, Jonathan Lunn, Lionel Hoche, Willi Dorner, Vera Tussing, Retina Dance Company, Made by Katie Green, cie Apparemment amongst others.
They started in 2011 their creative collaboration and initiated in 2012 the educational project Dance as a tool against violence supported by la FONCA Mexico. ( As well as performing their pieces and delivering workshops together, they were invited to take part in various festivals in Mexico (Morelos Tierra de Encuentros, Teatro de la Danza in Mexico City…), Burkina Faso (In&Out Dance Festival), France (Le Croiseur/Scène 7), Croatia (Karlovak Dance) and in London (the Richmix).