MEMBER SPECIALS APRIL

Feldenkrais with Csilla Toth

08.04.2024, 14:00–15:00

Free for marameo members
Non-members 10€
Open Level

Partnering with Andrea Valenti

15.04.2024, 14:00–15:30

Free for marameo members
Non-members 10€
Level: Advanced/ Dancers

 

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Feldenkrais with Csilla Toth – April 8th

The class starts with one of the Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lessons, developed by Moshe Feldenkrais, between 40-60 minutes. We start with smoothing down our own nervous system, and continue working with slow movements, observation and imagination, to become more aware of our own habits and tensions. Becoming aware what we are actually doing when carrying out the movement, and at the same time experimenting with other possible options, new pathways are opening up, creativity boosts, pain and tension is relieved, and our movement generally becomes more fluid, aligned.

In the last half an hour, this newly learnt skills either are incorporated into bigger movements (through improvisation or smaller sequence), or we specifically work with some topics related to ‘efficient’ movement, like breathing, the using the eyes, jaw etc.

This class will be an introduction to regular Feldenkrais classes Csilla will offer in marameo.

About Csilla

Csilla studied dance in Budapest, at the Budapest Dance Theatre (BDT) Elit Program focusing on modern and contemporary dance techniques. She learnt repertoire pieces of the BDT, and also performed within the Central European Theatre Terminal program and in independent site-specific performances in Budapest. Furthermore, she acted in silent films produced by Uncertain Station, the Antique Vase and Sweetwood (screened in Budapest Short Film Festival). She also holds a modern dance pedagogy certificate, issued by the Hungarian Dance Pedagogy Association. She moved to Berlin in 2018 and has been active in the dance scene since then.

The relationship between dance and health, preservation of a healthy body and mind has been always in the center of her attention. Previously, she worked as a Yoga Instructor – with a degree obtained by the Bindusar School of Yoga, Rishikesh. In 2020, she started her Feldenkrais training in Berlin, under the pedagogical direction of Patrick Gruner. Her research focuses on how the Feldenkrais method can be used in artist (dancer, actors, musician) education to improve posture, being aware of own habits and successfully challenge them by observing and experiencing possible new pathways.

Partnering with Andrea Valenti – April 15th

In this partnering workshop, we aim to cultivate an efficient and dynamic movement language that facilitates dancing in partnership. We believe that the essence of partnering stems from the continuous exchange of energy and movement between the two participants and their interaction with the surrounding space.
The workshop begins with a thorough warm-up designed to enhance bodily awareness, alongside specific exercises that heighten sensitivity to both the space and the partner’s cues. Following this, we delve into developing a clear movement language. We employ spirals and principles inspired by martial arts to transcend traditional, stereotyped roles in dance partnering.
Our focus is on understanding how gravity impacts the body, unlocking and fostering new movement possibilities. We explore the significance of physical momentum and anatomical strategies for energy conservation, which are then applied in executing jumps and lifts. A portion of the class will be dedicated to improvisation through the techniques explored previously, and finally, a choreography will be proposed.
One of the class’s aims is to empower dancers to practice different techniques and languages, thereby unlocking their potential and finding a sense of joy and childlike playfulness in dancing with a partner, all in total safety. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice specific lifts, jumps, and principles as part of a cohesive movement flow.
This workshop is tailored for individuals with movement backgrounds—be it in dance, circus arts, acrobatics, parkour, etc.—and is suitable for professionals as well. Prior experience in partnering is not a prerequisite, and it is not necessary to attend as a pair.

About Andrea

Andrea Valenti is a professional contemporary dance teacher and performer based in Berlin. His career is distinguished by performances and teaching engagements across a variety of projects, with a strong emphasis on pedagogy. As teacher, he collaborates with notable professional dance institutions such as Toula limnaios dance company, Danceworks Berlin, Berlin Dance Institute, and DART Studios, all located in Berlin (DE). He has been invited to festivals, including the International TanzWorkshop in Schermbeck and Dresden, Germany (DE).
His performance portfolio includes work with choreographer Felipe Fizkal in “Against the Grain” at TheaterForum Kreuzberg, Berlin (DE, 2023), collaboration with Annika Hofgesang on “The Lost Crew” video project (DE, 2023), and a role in “SAL” for Companhia de Dança de Matosinhos, directed by Sara Silva in Porto, Portugal (PT, 2022). Valenti’s interpretative contributions span pieces by choreographers such as Horacio Macuacua, Mafalda Deville in Porto (PT), Giovanni Di Cicco in Genova (IT), Isabel Rodriguez in Torino (IT), and others across Europe.
He is the Director of the Salento International Contemporary (SIC) Dance Festival, Lecce, Italy (IT). He offers training in contemporary dance techniques suitable for a range of learners, from professionals to amateurs, including Flying Low and Passing Through, Partnering, Improvisation, and Floorwork.
Valenti’s teaching engagements span multiple countries and include: Papillon Tanz Studio, Berlin; FLOWmotion dance studio, Berlin; Belfiore Danza, Torino; Mafamood, Porto.
He completed a 5-week intensive of Flying Low and Passing Through with David Zambrano in 2020 and has studied extensively with Zambrano, gaining permission to teach this technique. Valenti has also joined the Contemporary Dance programs with Deos Ensemble at Teatro dell’Opera di Genova (GE, Italy) and Oficina Zero (Porto, PT), studying a wide range of dance techniques.
Valenti’s dance journey began in 2011, transitioning to contemporary circus practices at the Reale Società di Ginnastica of Turin. He practices acrobatics, martial arts, including Aikido, Capoeira, and Thai Boxing.
Beyond dance, he holds a Master’s in Mathematical Engineering and has a career spanning neuroscience research, teaching, and personal and business coaching. He integrates his coaching expertise and educational experience into his role as a dance trainer.