Kenan Dinkelmann

Contemporary for Dancers

17.+18.06.21, 12:00–13:30
17.06.21, 14:00–15:30
19.+20.06.21, 13:00–14:30

Training for Dancers


Kenan Dinkelmann grew up in Passau, Germany. He graduated from the Artez School of Dance in Arnhem with a BA of performing arts, and completed the SEAD postgraduate program, Bodhi Project, directed by Susan Quinn, where he toured works in Europe by Jozef Frucek & Linda Kapetanea, Martin Nachbar and Robert Clark. As freelance dancer, Kenan worked with Johannes Wieland, Marion Sparber and Anton Lachky. From 2015 till 2017, he joined the dance company of Stadttheater Bielefeld, where he danced in works by Wim Vandekeybus, Simone Sandroni and Sharon Fridman. Kenan is a guest teacher at Die Etage, Berlin, Stadttheater Bielefeld and the University of Bielefeld.


Drawing inspirations from martial arts and yoga, the warm up has the purpose to tune the dancers into a clear and subtle state of body and mind before their practice and execution. Challenging postures, alongside movement flow with circular motions and spirals, will be introduced in order to provide better awareness of the body, especially for wrists and legs. The warm up is followed by a series of movement patterns used as a tool to explore the mechanics of the spine. Introducing dynamics of balancing, stabilising, falling, rolling, flipping and melting down in order to maintain flow without unnecessary tension. The patterns will increase in complexity, and then be linked into longer sequences with acrobatic elements. The last part of the class consists of a high energy movement phrase based on Kenan’s choreographic work, which is influenced by his various backgrounds such as Capoeira, Judo, Release-Technic and Breakdance.