Ortrun Stanzel

Contemporary for Dancers

28.04.+29.04.18, 13:00–14:30
30.04.+02.05.+04.05.18, 14:00–15:30

Training for Dancers


Ortrun Stanzel is working as a multidisciplinary freelance artist in the fields of dance, choreography, performance, video/movie, painting and installation since 2008. She danced for the company „High Frequency Wavelengths 2000“ in New York, the Varieté Wintergarten Berlin, the Theatre Helmnot Lichtenstein, as well as the Contemporary Opera Berlin. In addition, she worked in individual productions for choreographers Nathan Trice (USA), Oliver Steele (USA), Yoshiko Waki (Germany), Josef Tmim (Israel), and collaborated with artists Enrico Pietracci (Germany) Alexej Rodin (Russia), Hannah Reber (Germany), Gert-Jan van den Ackerboom (Netherlands) und Nick Ashley (USA). Furthermore, Ortrun acted for various TV shows and movies as dancer for ZDF, Pro 7 and RTL2. Since 2014, she fuses painting and dance in a self generated expression form, and creates choreographic works, dance theatre pieces, performances and multimedia installations. She also teaches contemporary dance and composition for professionals and in training programs. During high school, she was trained in ballet and Rock´n Roll Acrobatics, and won the German, European and World-Championship as a ballroom dancer with the 1.TCLudwigsburg at the age of 16. After the study of fine arts in Karlsruhe and Stuttgart, she studied modern/contemporary dance in Berlin and New York. She completed an additional education in integrative dance pedagogy, and is qualified as a specialized personal trainer by the Academy of Sports and Health. After years of professional training with various teachers, the study of Bio-Kinematics (2012 ) and an intense practice of QuiGong, she developed her approach to contemporary dance and it´s teaching methods, which focus on intense physicality as well as conscious awareness.

Class description

My teaching is influenced by the Laban/Bartenieff fundamentals, the flying.low and passing.through technique and the knowledge which accrues from the study of bio-kinematics. It follows the idea of the 5 stages of development: our body as a physical system in gravity moving through all levels: lying on the floor and sitting, on all fours to 1 or 2 hands and/or feet and finally in the air, as well as all possible combinations out of it. My warm-up releases useless tension, mobilizes the skeleton and activates the required muscles to prepare for the following training: a focus on a high amount of physicality, conscious perception, extreme release and off balance moments and moving using gravity. My floor work phrases establish a conscious dealing with the use of hands and arms, as well as the core and the spine (head and tail connection). It prepares for the sequential movement for exercises in higher levels, that lead to traveling combinations and jumps. My cool down combines exercises of active muscle elongation (bio-kinematic work) and mental practices to relax the body and mind. In my class, I like to invite paticipants to touch borders while having loads of fun and to enjoy the pleasure of „being controlled uncontrolled“.

1st: open level

2nd advanced level