Elita Cannata (1985) is an Italian dancer, currently based in Amsterdam. She graduated from Rotterdam Dance Academy / Codarts in the Netherlands with a BA in dance in 2007. During her education and after her graduation among others she performed creations by José Navas, Megumi Nakamura, Anoukvandijk dc, Cathy Sharp Ensemble, Compagnia Tpo, Tom Dale,Tan Temel, Samuele Cardini, Marina Giovannini, Fabio Liberti, Emanuel Gat, Lynsey Peisinger, Itzik Galili and Fabrizio Favale Le Supplici. In 2011 she got her MA in Theories of Performing Arts at the Università degli Studi in Bologna after completing a period of study in Paris, during which she went theoretically and practically deep to the fascinating interactions between dance and new technologies. From 2014 she is a Countertechnique teacher, since then she is happily sharing this essential encounter of her life in many Institutions around Europe.
Developed by Anouk van Dijk, Countertechnique® provides tools for body and mind to deal with the demanding dance practice of the 21st century. It is a movement system to help the dancer think about the dancing body, focusing on the process of incorporating information into action. Within a clear structure of exercises, the Countertechnique® class thoroughly prepares the body for rehearsal and performance, enabling dancers to move bigger, more fluidly and more spatially, while becoming stronger and more flexible.
By continuously and sequentially directing and counter directing parts of the body through space, Countertechnique® allows the moving dancer to work with an ever changing dynamic balance. This dynamic balance reduces the pressure on the overall body structure and can be changed at any given moment. The consistent use of the counter direction in all movements is key to the technique; both the awareness and application of this principle is trained throughout the Countertechnique® class. The Countertechnique® class is a contemporary dance technique class. It stretches, coordinates and strengthens the body, making the dancer sweat, build stamina and really move. The class starts with a recurring set of exercises, allowing dancers to investigate the Countertechnique® principles in detail. The second half of the class consists of changing components working towards luscious movement combinations.