DEFINED FLOW – diving deep into weiss-mann technique
SAT + SUN, 06. + 07.04.19, 15:00–19:30
This weekend workshop dives deep into a well rounded dance experience that addresses all aspects of the dancing artist; physically, mentally, emotionally, creatively and spiritually. The intention is to give attention to these many facets of being while gradually blending them into a skillful, harmonious whole. The workshop kicks off with a yoga sequence intended to ground you to the earth, your legs and your core, your base. Your focus follows this flow into a higher awareness of one self in space. You are prepared to shift effortlessly into technical sequences that train integral aspects of the weiss-mann technique. Experiment with your technical skills, balancing them with the capacity to flow and move through space freely. As the class progresses, these aspects begin to soften and fuse into one. Movements that are traditionally considered “technical” become more organic, more full of breath, life and volume. “contemporary” movements become infused with more clarity, length and control. Dancers will be encouraged to first experience their muscular energy, and then to consciously direct it into space. This flow ripens into a complete expansion of movement as you explore a longer choreography. Here you will be encouraged to integrate your sharpened technique, to trust and then let it go, to explore personal interpretations and variations. This work will be interspersed and blended with exercises and improvisational games from the Group Motion Workshop, exploring how your dance communicates with others, creating landscapes, spontaneous compositions and energetic atmospheres. Each day we will play within this new language created from a blend of material and aspects of the unexpected. The Sunday segment of the workshop will wind down with a Yin Yoga sequence, cooling down and treating our dancing instrument to deep stretch and regeneration. The final minutes will conclude with a meditation, acknowledging where one has gone, what one has experienced and where one wants to go…
About Jennifer and Heidi
Heidi Weiss and Jennifer Mann studied together at Philadelphia´s University of the Arts, where they earned a BFA in modern dance. They have been living in Europe for over 22 years, creating and teaching. In 1996, they founded the Zen in the Basement company, and created many works which were performed in Europe and abroad. Through their creative work and developing their choreographic language, Heidi and Jennifer began to develop and codify exercises for teaching. The weiss-mann style is influenced by their combined experiences in yoga and the Alexander technique, as well as their shared education in modern dance. These roots combined with the musicality of their technique, distinguises the weiss-mann technique as a defined flow. Heidi and Jennifer are certified leaders of the Group Motion workshop. Jennifer is also a certified yoga instructor, teaching throughout EU in festivals and workshops. Both Heidi and Jennifer travel extensively, sharing their knowledge of and passion for dance.