Floor Barre - (Barre à Terre) with Laurence Chaperon

Dates: every Tuesday and Thursday 8.15 a.m. – 09.15 a.m.
Only by appointment:

Laurence Chaperon is a former ballet dancer in Paris and at the Staatsoper Bonn.
The "Floor Barre", also known as "Barre à Terre" is the ideal way of training the entire body and improving the body posture. All exercises are done in a sitting position and thereby convey a better feeling and understanding for a correct and healthy body posture.

The Group Motion Workshop

Dates: 16.9., 21.10., 18.11., 16.12., 20.00 -22.00h
Price: 15€ / 10€

Collective Dance Making in the Moment
A Creative Practice
The Group Motion Workshop is a two hour long, non stop guided process of dance/movement improvisation with live music. Based on structures and scores created and developed by Brigitta Herrmann and Manfred Fischbeck as an outgrowth of their work with the Group Motion Dance Company, this Workshop has been created and evolved since 1972. It is being conducted regularly every Friday night in Philadelphia for over forty years and has toured to festivals, dance centers, colleges and schools in the US and other countries such as Japan, Taiwan, Argentina, Germany, France, Poland, Lithuania, Cyprus, Bermuda and Barbados. This tradition is now being implemented and carried on by a Berlin based Group Motion WS Collective, whose members include performing artist and leading Group Motion Workshop facilitator and teacher (since 2010) Laina Fischbeck from Rennes, France, Berlin based teachers Jennifer Mann and Heidi Weiss, as well as musician/composer Geoffrey Armes, who will be leading an ensemble of musicians. No experience is required!!!

The Group Motion Workshop can be utilized as a creative practice on all levels of dance experience and all ages. It serves as a resource for creative and authentic expression through dance, music and movement and sound, transformation and healing. It offers a space for interactivity and communication which is spontaneous, deep and direct, allowing for new channels of creative potential to open. The Group Motion Workshop celebrates the language of movement as a language that anyone can speak and understand. In its most known format, the famous 'Friday Night Workshop', the overlap of dancers and non-dancers and of different ages ads a powerful dimension of mutual learning and exchange of movement information and body/mind/spirit integration. As one observing and participating dancer/choreographer remarked:"You realize how much movement dancers have trained out of their bodies ". The Workshop combines highly refined structures of improvisation, movement meditations, and contact dance with explorations of breath flow, sound, and movement qualities in an interactive exchange with live improvised acoustic and electronic music. These structures are practiced in ways of playing, discovering and experiencing individually and collectively the languages of movement and dance, sound and music. These structures reflect universal patterns of communication found in nature and the human psyche. They have the potential of tapping into archetypal images and visualizations from the collective subconscious rendering forms of spontaneously compositional and choreographic creation. The practice of these dances in the space of creative interaction with music in the moment creates a ritual space of building community. 

Going Deeper mit Paul White

Dates: 14.8. - 18.8.
The workshop will be divided in 3 parts:
12:00 - 13:30 h contemporary training for dancers
14:00 - 16:00 h Going deeper
Informal Showing: Friday 15:00 h
Price: 100 Euro

Professional Contemporary training
In his practice and performance, Paul engages a balance of strength and softness, masculinity and femininity, calm and rigor; eating up the space, playing, risking it - Australian style! The movement vocabulary of this class is based on Paul’s performance and movement background, influenced by the styles of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, yoga-based movement, release techniques, kung fu, and basic floor and acrobatic techniques. In this dynamic and physical class, participants are trained to release their bodies’ energy powerfully into space. As a group, awakening ourselves to the wonder of movement. The class explores the melting qualities of muscle and the flow of breath to compliment body movement. It experiments with the weight of the limbs and the power of movement originating at the spinal column. Participants find themselves softening against gravity, sending long lines out into space... Release, fall, catch, swing, dive, sweat, and feel.

Going Deeper
In Going Deeper, Paul further explores different choreographies based on the various movement qualities he has engaged over his 20 year career. The workshop will include his interpretation of typical Bausch movement pathways, strung together to create seamless sensitive movement phrases. Participants will experiment further with class movement phrases based on sections of repertoire from cella (floor based, visceral, spiralling, inversion,) Anatomy of an Afternoon (context based, layered structural improvisation, textural, technical), and The Oracle (interpretive, modern, genre ambiguity). Going Deeper looks closely at how the breath can be a driving force for movement, or a supportive accompaniment. It investigates what is important to individuals in dance practice and performance, and brings to consciousness the dancers’ personal focus during practice. This explorative and practical workshop opens dialogues to bring consciousness, freedom and fun to dancers’ practice. 

Bio: Paul White is one of Australia’s highly regarded and awarded dance artists. From 2012 until 2017, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch engaged him as the first new company member after the death of Pina Bausch. No longer working full time with the company, Paul only appears now as a guest in Bausch’s works and has returned to work as a freelance artist.
His 20 year long career as a performer and artistic collaborator has included working with companies and directors such as Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Meryl Tankard, Lloyd Newson (DV8 Physical Theatre), Tanja Liedtke, Nigel Jamieson and Garry Stewart (Australian Dance Theatre).
Paul is in high demand as a teacher and collaborator and also extends his skills and interests to the development of community projects, multi-artform collaborations and short film festivals. He is the Honorary Patron of Tanzrauschen Wuppertal, a “dance on film” society founded in Wuppertal. He is the recipient of eight national and international awards for his performance and choreographic work. (Australian Dance Awards, Helpmann Awards, Tänzer des Jahres, UK Critics Circle award)
In the past years, he worked as Assistant Choreographer to Meryl Tankard for Cinderella on Leipzig Oper Ballet, and toured The Oracle (solo piece to The Rite of Spring, co-choreographed with Meryl Tankard) to dance festivals in France, Holland, Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S.A. He has performed the multi-award winning Anatomy of an Afternoon in the Sydney Festival at the Sydney Opera House and London Southbank Centre, produced the 3rd Short Shorts film festival in Sydney. In July 2017 he premieres a new work cella in Colours International Festival, Stuttgart. 

Going Deeper with Rakesh Sukesh 

Dates: 4.9. - 8.9.
The workshop will be divided in 3 parts:
12:00 - 13:30 h contemporary training for dancers
14:00 - 16:00 h Going Deeper  
Informal Showing: Friday 15:00 h
Price: 100 €

SOLO INITIATION – Pursuit of Destination

The workshop takes an intense journey into one’s inner world. We tap into the physical, psychological, emotional, mental and spiritual knowledge. We live in a world where we give priority to the intellectual part of our brain which leads us into an informed society; we take information from books, films, and performances or through the conversations with others. What we talk, perform or share is most of the time recycled information which has been gathered by our five senses. But how much do we know about ourselves, what is our true nature? How much are we aware of it? Do we feel our heartbeat? Do we know how many times we breathe or when a hair from our head is falling? Modern science and mystical science clearly states that we are all made of a universal intelligence. If there is such intelligence inside of us then how can we, as performing artists, go deep into ourselves and try to understand this intelligence and develop ways to be creative with it? Through series of physical research, exercises, games and analyses, this workshop offers methods for the participants to have an experiential process; we direct our sensory organs inwards to develop a sensitivity to understand our inner world, digging deep into our consciousness, if possible, into the subconscious mind and realm of the unknown to try to have an artistic discovery.“ Through which each and every participants develops a solo for his/herself as the consequences of their experience and find different ways to approach it, perform it and mature it.  We practice to be a researcher, performer, choreographer, leader, follower, winner, fighter and looser. 

Class Description: Payatt INtransit is a contemporary movement technique primarily inspired by the ancient South Indian martial art form Kalaripayattu, combined with contemporary dance movement techniques.
Kalaripayattu is one of the most ancient martial art forms on earth, it’s roots dating back almost 2000 years, and is by many referred to as the mother of all martial arts. In ancient times warriors used this form to win battles over many powerful kingdoms. It has also significantly influenced other famous martial art practices such as Kung Fu and Karate, amongst others. Many of the physical theatre practitioners from India and from the West have discovered and learnt the Kalaripayattu routines, recognizing it to be an extremely efficient and powerful practice to train the body, mind and spirit. To push the boundaries of physical abilities, the great masters tried to absorb the habitual behavior of wild animals, to understand their self defense and attacking methods, and tried to use the essence of these strategies to develop the form of Kalaripayattu.
Payatt INtransit blends the highly sophisticated martial art form Kalaripayattu with contemporary dance methods, with its own history and understanding of the body and its movements. Payatt INtransit technique trains the practitioners in a safe, organic and yet rigorous way to push the limits of one’s physical and mental abilities, to become more confident, spontaneous, creative, flexible, powerful, calm (internally and externally) and quick to respond if needed. It enriches your adaptability to unexpected situations and helps you make smarter and more efficient choices. The purpose of this method is also to break the borders between styles of movement. Instead of thinking of dance and martial art as different ideas, Payatt INtransit perceives them as one.

Bio: Rakesh started his career as a Bollywood dancer with a Dance company in kerala- India. During this period he worked in several films as a dancer and assistant choreographer. In 2003 he joined Attakkalari centre for Movement Arts, A contemporary dance company in Bangalore. As a part of the company, Rakesh have performed at various national and international venues, He had the privilege to perform at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Delhi in 2008 for the presidents of India, South Africa and Brazil. With the company, he has been part of 3 major productions under the direction of  ayachandran Palazy (Artistic Director and Choreographer of Attakkalari). As part of the companies training method Rakesh got introduced to a martial art form called Kalaripayatt. Since 2009, Rakesh has been working as an independent artist. Between July and August 2009, he participated in the Apprenticeship Program with Magpie Umbrella Organization under the Direction of Katie Duck (Artistic Director, Teacher and performer) in Amsterdam. After which he has been invited several time to perform with Magpie. Rakesh is developing a contemporary movement method called Payatt INtransit using kalarippayattu and contemporary movement techniques, yoga and Energy works. Rakesh has been invited to teach Payatt INtransit in many prestigious spaces like, Sidi larbi’s company, Ultimavez, Impluz Tanz vienna, Deltebre Danza Spain, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Colombo dance factory Zurich, Dancentrumjette Brussels, University of Costa Rica, SEAD Salzburg, Bremen theatre and many more professional dance organisations in Europe and Asia. Since past 5 years Rakesh is working between India and Europe and since 2013 he has been living in Zurich as Swiss resident and works as performer/teacher/choreographer, with many companies and artists.