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, the Workshop combines highly refined structures of improvisation, movement meditations, and contact dance. It is an outgrowth of their work with the Group Motion Dance Company originated in 1971. 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, Berlin based Jennifer Mann and Heidi Weiss, and performing artist and leading Group Motion Workshop facilitator/teacher (since 2010) Laina Fischbeck from Rennes, France. An ensemble of musicians supports this interactive space with live improvised acoustic and electronic music.

No previous dance experience is required. The Group Motion Workshop offers a space for interactivity and communication which is spontaneous, deep and direct, allowing for new channels of creative potential to open. It serves as a resource for creative and authentic expression through movement and sound, and can be utilized as a creative practice for all levels and all ages. 

The overlap of participants from different backgrounds and of different ages, ads a powerful dimension of mutual learning and exchange of movement information and encourages the integration of body, mind and spirit. 

These structures are practiced in ways of playing, discovering and experiencing individually and collectively. Compositions and choreographic patterns can be spontaneously created and experienced. The Group Motion practice creates a ritual space for building community. It will be lead in english, with german translation when necessary.

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.