Tuesdays, 19:30–21:00 / Intermediate
together with Jennifer Mann
Heidi Weiss received her BFA in modern dance from the University of the Arts in 1992. She choreographed and performed with Group Motion, a Philadelphia based Company, from 1992-96. In 1997, she moved to Germany and founded Zen in the Basement Company (now Weiss/Mann Productions), with Jennifer Mann. They have created many works together which have been presented in theaters and festivals in the EU and abroad. Heidi has been teaching various modern techniques for many years. She has developed with Jennifer Mann – the weissmann technique*, which she continues to teach in workshops and in universities. Heidi was a Professor at Palucca Schule Dresden from 2004-07. She has been a guest artist in residence at Virginia Commonwealth University (USA). In addition, she has been a guest at Duncan Conservatory in Prague, London Contemporary (the place) in London, SEAD in Salzburg and at the Danceworx in New Delhi, India. She has also given training to many companies such as Sasha Waltz and DV8. Heidi continues to perform with Jennifer Mann, their most recent duet “Do or Die”, has been performed in Dock 11 Berlin, Herbst fest Kempten, 19.Tanzwoche Dresden. Heidi teaches improvisation in elementary schools, as well as giving technique training to the Young Company for TANZZEIT. She is a full time teacher at Tanzakademie balance 1, and a guest teacher at KARI Dance in Kempten. She also teaches professional training at Marameo studio in Berlin, NRW in Düsseldorf and K3 in Hamburg. In 2015, Heidi was assisting rehearsals for the circus show Crossroads at Chamäleon theater. Most recently, she has been a guest foreign Professor at the Nation University of Arts in Seoul, Korea, where she taught 1st-4th year students, as well as choreography to the Master students for the Spring semester.
Heidi Weiss teaches a structured contemporary technique class (*weissmann) which has strong roots in modern dance. The class combines strengthening elements with release based exercises that emphasise breath and flow. The training begins with a focus on the center through basic yoga poses and continues with moving technical exercises (plies, foot work, floor work, curves /swings) which allow the body to open, creating length and volume. Directional changes, use of weight, fusion of fluidity and groundedness are all key elements, as well as rhythm and musicality. The class progresses from center to across the floor, followed by a longer combination and/ or jumps. The concepts explored in the warm up are called upon again, challenging dancers to test their edge in the end phase of class. Aside from developing an understanding of the weissmann style and building upon ones technical skills, the main goal of the class is to discover the intention behind the movement. In addition, dancers are encouraged to move with authenticity, curiousity and passion!