Alya Manzart

Contemporary for Dancers

Training for Dancers


Alya Manzart is a performance artist, choreographer and teacher. He has worked with Tasdance performing in Evolve Revolve by Liesel Zink and Gabrielle Nankivell (2016) and Affinity by Graham Murphy and Stephany Lake (2015). Alya has also worked with Chunky Move for the past six years, performing in Anouk Van Dijk’s productions of Complexity of Belonging (2014-16), 247 Days (2013-14) and An Act of Now (2012-17), and has recently completed a European tour with the company. His previous work has included performances with Opera Australia, Drill Performance Company, Kylie Minogue, Phillip Adams, Helen Herbertson and 2ndToe Dance Collective. His dance film Subliminal Mind was selected for presentation at several film festivals in both Australia and Europe. Alya has taught contemporary dance with Chunky Move, Tasdance, Theater Pfortzeim, Transit Dance and The Space. He studied at the Victorian College of the Arts Australia.

Class description

The class will be focused on developing fluidity and sequencing within the body. It will explore the interaction between the movement of joints and their affect on each other. It will look at allowing freedom and accessibility within joints in order to constantly negotiate the body in space with efficiency. Initiating points will be investigated, beginnings of movements that send out a ripples throughout the body. As the class progresses these pathways will become more complex as initiation points start to cross over and interact with one another. The class will also explore balance and falling through space, and will play with risk. These principles will be taught through phrases and improvisational structures.