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"ImproTime - Tatort Tanz" with  Stina Bartels

We embark on a search for new sources, act out emotions, respond to bodily stimuli and impulses that impel us into movement. This search combines principles of dance technique with movement contexts that expand our range of motion. This experiment will generate unique and personal movement, sequences and dance styles. Dynamics, energy and strength offer space for movement and dance. A variety of different musical styles and materials will provide support for improvisation. This will be a dance of inner and outer presence.

Dates in 2014: 06.04. / 18.05. / 08.06. / 13.07. / 24.08. / 14.09. / 12.10. / 09.11. / 07.12.
5.30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Price: 20 EUR
Please note, you need to register in advance!

 

Workshop Technique Acogny + more with Aïda Colmenero Dïaz & Oktavia Zoë Vöhringer
Live Percussion: Agustín Strizzi


Dates: Saturday, 10/05/14 & Sunday, 11/05/14 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Costs: two days 55€/person, one day 30€/person
For registration and payment please contact Oktavia Zoe: oktavia.zoe@gmail.com

Workshop Description: "Dance" is "celebrating life"...
Come explore how African dance meets Western Contemporary dance. In this workshop we will explore opening our minds and connecting our inner selves to our environment. We will experience 8 hours of dancing in "community". We start with warming up our spine to get warm our whole bodies. We will be guided through specific movement tasks, focusing attention on connection to our emotional state. This allows us to play with our own bodies and to be inspired by the interaction with the other participants. The live, rhythmic percussion that will be present during the whole workshop gives us a continuous base with which to stay connected, to share the "universal pulse". We will celebrate the moon, the sun, the stars, the animal we have inside, as well as the beauty of our own bodies.
We will enjoy the energy that life gives us when we dance!

What is Acogny Dance Technique about?

The technique Acogny is a modern African dance technique. It was created by Germaine Acogny, the 'mother of modern African dance'. This technique is the only codified and acknowledged contemporary dance technique created in Africa. It is based on traditional African dances (especially from Senegal and Benin) and Western dance techniques (classical ballet, release­ and Graham techniques). The concepts and movements are innovative and original. It is a unique way of approaching dance.
While dancing the technique Acogny, you feel the strength of two worlds combined. Grounding rhythmic pulse, the work of the spine, the length, lines and alignment of the body. The basis of this technique is the attention given to your spine. It reflects the differences in body structure.

The technique is about life, about the connection between human beings and nature. The philosophy of this technique is based on unity. You are part of both the community and nature. You are fully aware of your own body. You live life to the fullest through the virtuosity of movement and consciousness.

Bio / Aïda Colmenero Dïaz
Aïda is working as an actress, dancer, model, performer, choreographer, producer and teacher. She has been based between Africa and Spain since 2009. She has developed her educational project "Africa Danza Training Program" in Morocco, Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, Cape Verde Islands, Tanzania, Guinea Conakry, Madagascar, Gabon; for dancers, actors, circus people, children and women in special  situation. Aïda started her career in  Cristina Rota Drama School, after she received her title in Contemporary Dance in the Real Conservatorio Profesional of Dance "Mariemma" of Madrid. She has always had a multidisciplinary approach, so she has worked different body and dance techniques: Contemporary, theater, Yoga, Taichi, Capoeira, Classical dance, technique "Río Abierto", Butoh, etc... In 2009 she was selected to participate in two international professional workshops: "Transmission of Pina Bausch´s technique" by Kiomy Ichida, in Action Dance, Morocco and "A New Step, Training in Traditional and Contemporary African Dance" in l'École des Sables, Senegal". She is the only spanish person to obtained the diploma in Acogny technique by Germaine Acogny, at the École des Sables, Senegal. She has created the proyect LANLA with Ise Verstegen to expand the Acogny technique in a international level.
http://www.lanlamove.com/#!who/vstc1=aïda
http://www.aidacolmenerodiaz.com/#!about/c139r

Bio / Oktavia Zoë Vöhringer
Zoë is a freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Berlin. She has been performing and teaching not only in Germany but also in Spain, Italy and Uruguay for the past four years. She received strong contemporary technique training from Madrid. She has worked with well known choreographers such as Daniel Abreu, Julyen Hamilton, Pedro Berdäyes, Myriam Agar, David Zambrano, Stella Zannou, Maya M. Carroll, Vicky Pérez, Ana Catalina Román, Juan Kruz Díaz de Esnaola and Antonio Ruz. Currently she is collaborating with artists like Danuta Karsten in Herne/Ruhrgebiet, Angela De Sando in Rome and Ana Aristimuño in Montevideo. In these performances Zoë is working on improvisation skills and realizes volatile choreographies inspired in the artistic work. In this context she also works a lot with live musicians. Zoë has taught dance in Berlin, Madrid and Montevideo. She taught children creative dance classes in Madrid and Berlin, as well as contemporary dance for teenagers and adults in Montevideo and Berlin. She recently is creating the project "Zoë meets...". It is a platform for regular workshop offers to an open public collaborating with artists coming from different artistic areas and techniques.

Bio / Agustín Strizzi
Agustín is working as a Drummer, Percussionist and Composer. He was born in 1978 in Buenos Aires. He started studying drums and percussion with Facundo Ferreira, Quintino Cinalli and Eduardo Casalla. In 2000 he graduated from Palermo University with a degree in marketing. In 2003 from ITMC (Contemporary Music Institute) he reached a college degree in professional drummer. In 2008 he ended the Superior Course in Harmony and Music Composition given by Juan Carlos Cirigliano for three years at Argentine Society of Authors and Music Composers (SADAIC). In order to enrich his musical career he made several study-trips: NY – USA (2003), Curitiba – Brasil (2004), La Habana – Cuba (2005) and Montevideo-Uruguay (2008). He has performed live in many opportunities, such as at VIII International APAC Theatre Festival, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, 2011, Jazz Plaza Jazz Festival, La Habana, Cuba, 2005, 1st St. George Jazz Festival, 2008, Music for Identity, organized by Madres de Plaza de Mayo, 2004, to name a few. He has more than 10 years of experience in teaching drums and percussion.

Conditions of participation
The workshop is open to everybody. The registration will be conducted by e­mail: oktavia.zoe@gmail.com
To assure your binding participation, the payment must be made by may 7th 2014 to the bank account mentioned. If you are not able to attend the whole workshop, the full fee must be paid. The maximum number of participants is 45. If you are not able to participate in the workshop because it has filled up, you will receive an email notification and the complete money amount will be immediately paid back. There is a cancellation fee of 15 €, the rest will be refunded. However, if you cancel after May, 7th you will not receive a refund. As a solution, you are welcome to transfer your place to a friend who would like to participate. You must do this payment transfer privately between you and the new participant and send an email to give the new participants name. The workshop organization does not assume liability for eventual injuries.