Training for Dancers
Milla Koistinen has graduated from the Theatre Academy Helsinki, Finland with an MA in dance and from HfS Ernst Busch/HZT Berlin with an MA in choreography. She has worked among others with Kristian Smeds, Hiroaki Umeda, Peter Verhelst (NTGent/Johan Simons), Cie Heddy Maalem, Christine Gaigg and Hans van den Broeck. Since 2008 she has been creating her own work, and her creations have been played in Tanzhaus NRW, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Mad House Helsinki, Fabriktheater Zürich, Dampfzentrale Bern, ARGEKultur Salzburg, Ballhaus Ost and in Uferstudios Berlin. Koistinen has worked as a guest teacher at SEAD Salzburg, the Iceland Academy of the Arts, Tanzhaus NRW, Sasha Waltz & Guests, Toula Limnaios Company, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Munich DancePAT, Tanzhaus Zürich, Theatre Academy of Helsinki, Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, the University of Tampere, HZT Berlin, Marameo and DOCK 11 in Berlin, Espace Catastrophe in Brussels and PAC Ramallah.
The class will focus on exercises and methods Milla uses in diverse ways, in her work as a choreographer, performer and teacher. The exercises are designed to evoke precision, clarity, lightness, energy, presence and dynamics. Through listening and observing the body, the participants practice moving in an alert and articulated way. Working with a variety of given material and improvisations, the body is demanded to adapt and connect information quickly. The aim of the class is to work with tools that enable detailed, effortless, energetic and inventive ways of moving.