Floor Barre - (Barre à Terre) with Laurence Chaperon

Dates: every Thursday 8.30 a.m. – 09.30 a.m., small studio
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

Date: Saturday, July 1st 2017, from 20:00 - 22:00h
Price: 20€

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. 

Yoga mit Rachell Clark

Thursday morning Yoga focuses on building strength and flexibility for an active body.
Each week’s class will focus on a specific area of research, ie: twists, folding, lengthening, opening etc. Class members will be guided through creative flowing sequence with challenging options for intermediate-level asanas, including arm balances and inversions.  Throughout the class we will work to link breath and movement to energizes the mind and body.
The class will allow you to find opening and space within the body through subtle extension and softness.
A variety of pose options are offered based on the needs of the class.

Level: intermediate

Class members are encouraged to take class at their own pace.  Variations of asana’s (postures) will be explained and guided throughout the practice. Make sure you bring socks, and warm active clothing!

Bio: Rachell Clark is a Berlin based Dance Artist and teacher.  She studied dance at The Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne University) in Melbourne Australia, gaining training in contemporary dance, ballet and a variety of somatic body practices such as kinesiology and feldenkrais technique. 
Rachell’s interest in Yoga came from a search to find a practice that richly supplements the dancing body.  She completed her Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga training at Samyak Yoga in Kovalam India and continues to rigorously practice and educate herself.   The combination of both dance and yoga has brought Rachell to a deeper understanding of movement and functionalities of the body.  The practice of yoga allows one to focus inwardly and is a way to center and connect the body, breath and mind

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. 

Contemporary class for dancers with Eva-Maria Schaller 

Bio: Eva-Maria Schaller studied Contemporary Dance at Codarts Rotterdam Dance Academy (BA). During and after her studies in the Netherlands she worked with Emio Greco | PC, Edan Gorlicki, Stephen Shropshire, Megumi Nakamura, and Anouk van Dijk (2003-2009). In Vienna she collaborated with Christine Gaigg / 2nd nature in several productions (2010-2014), recently with choreographer Sabine Glenz and participated as a dancer and researcher in the EU Project Dancing Museums. In 2016 she received a scholarship for dancers and choreographers from the State of Austria. Her own choreographic work is developed in collaboration with artists in the field of experimental new music and recently shown in the frame if the festival imagetanz/brut wien. She teaches dance in the context of Community Dance (Yante, Palestine,2013) and as a Countertechnique-teacher a.o. at Tanzhaus Zürich, Codarts Rotterdam, Kampnagel Hamburg K3, Tanzquartier Vienna.

Class description: 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 and jumping at the end.
Countertechnique® was created and developed by Dutch choreographer, dancer and teacher Anouk van Dijk and 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. Dancers are encouraged to be pro-active in discovering connections and solutions, to be less concerned with judging themselves and to work in a healthy way with regard to body and mind.

"Motion Qualia" Workshop with Satoshi Kudo

Dates: 31.7. - 4.8.
The workshop will be divided in 3 parts:
12:00 - 13:30 h contemporary training for dancers
14:00 - 16:00 h "Motion Qualia" 
Informal Showing: Friday 15:00 h
Price: 100 Euro

Bio: KUDO is a choreographer and dancer. The background are gymnastics and acting. After working in Tokyo and New York, he moved to Stockholm. He has been an independent choreographer since 2003. Kudo has been researching inevitable movements for many years. In 2014 he named the theory “Motion Qualia" and now he creates works based on that. 
KUDO has worked as a dancer for Claire Parsons, Ohad Naharin, Danish Dance Theatre, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Shintaro Oue amongst others. KUDO worked as assistant choreographer and rehearsal director for Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (2006 – 2013, including Het Toneelhuis-Antwerp, Eastman-Antwerp, Sadler’s Wells-London, Staatsoper-Berlin and Cirque du soleil- Montreal) and The Royal Swedish Ballet (2015 including Mats Ek, Johan Inger, Alexander Ekman / 2017 Sharon Eyal). 

Class description: In this class emphasis is placed on floor work. After a simple warm up and stretching exercises, we start with the basics of floor technique: slides, crawls. From here we broaden our range of movement, and focus on how we enter the floor and how to get away from it. We break down these transitions and look into their logic, so they will become physically easy to access.
*Knee pads required 

“Motion Qualia” Workshop
In this workshop, we look to investigate and recognize how the brain controls the body by responding to reflexes. We will deconstruct these reflexes and become aware of how we can disengage from them, by focusing on dislocating our balancing consciously. The movements that follow from this concentration will not start from a mental motivation to move or enter into dance, but will arise from entering into a state where the movement will follow naturally from the situation. Instead of playing choreography, movement becomes inevitable. 

At first we intentionally disengage with our sense of balance. This creates a shift of the body dropping off from the balance automatically. This is the Motion. When the body starts to fall off the balance, immediately one’s reflex saves the body from it. The brain again try to engage with a sense of balance but again we consciously miscalculate it. The body approaches to the balance but the brain shifts the body to off balance. We keep doing same method and it creates movement. And eventually these movements produce one image for our brain. This is the Qualia. This Qualia becomes our source of expression.