Alma Edelstein

Contemporary for Dancers

15. + 17.11.2022, 14:00–15:30
19. + 20.11.2022, 13:00–14:30

Training for Dancers

Bio

Alma moved from Argentina to Austria at a young age, where she studied at Bruckner University for Dance in Linz (AT). Her career began joining Norrdans as an understudy, and continued with contracts at the Choreographic Centre Linz, Landestheater Linz, Landestheater Coburg Stadttheater Hildesheim, Landestheater Flensburg and Theater Hagen. Among others, she worked with Jeremy Shaw, Carlos Matos, Gerda Köning, Alfonso Palencia, Teresa Ranieri, Milli Bitterly, Rose Breuss and Katja Erdmann-Rajski. Alma also danced with DIN-A13 and TanzSpeicher. She was a resident choreographer at the C.C.Borges (ARG) and a guest speaker at the University of Oslo (Young Creators Symposium). Awarded with several grants by the Cultural Affairs Office Of Bs As, Air France, Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation of Switzerland, and the Goethe Institute Germany. She taught workshops in Australia, Peru, the Canary Islands, at the National University of Arts of Bs As (ARG), Porto Dance Conservatory (PT) Leipzig profi training, Cia Veronika Riz, and Hannover profi training. In Berlin, she is a guest teacher for Marameo, Tanzfabrik, Dock 11, and Sunday Jam.

Her newest choreographic work created in summer 2020 “Ode to Phanes” was selected by the Int. Choreographic Competition and Festival MASDANZA winning a tour through the Canary Islands. Other selections up to date include: Int. Short works competition “Linkage” (BGR) -Winner of the special prize by Stream Dance- Int. Choreographic competition “What we Are” (IT) -Finalist- Int. Dance Festival “Tanzwerkstatt Europa” (DE). Int. Dance Festival “Kulturraum Rosenhof” (DE) “Platform14” Berlin, Uferstudios and SongBum International Dance Festival in Korea. Alma recently obtained a MA degree in Dance Pedagogy for Professional dance education from Palucca Hochschule für Tanz, Dresden.

Class description

Overview: Based on spiralling floor work and connected standing sequences, this class is designed to improve dancers’ kinaesthetic fine-tuning, space awareness and stamina. Exercises support the exploration of our natural physical organicity, using it as a base for developing strength, versatility and to find pleasure. We will aim to create a receptive and available body, capable of truly perceiving itself as it moves. Conscious breathing lays the groundwork for a clearer understanding of multidimensional and voluminous physicality. Awareness is brought to specific motoric initiations, working with different dynamics and qualities.

Format: The class begins with exercises focused on preparing the body and mind for physical work. Warming up consists of diverse tasks to promote blood circulation, global mobilization and the strengthening of core muscles. Physically engaging somatic practices and conditioning are prioritized in this section. As the class develops, we will dive into more complex floor and standing phrases. Both forms are connected, and focused on strategic corporal organization, injury prevention, choreographic versatility and efficient execution.