Simone Geiger, BALLETT-AKADEMIE DER HOCHSCHULE FÜR MUSIK UND THEATER München
Based on the Russian Vaganova method, this session is focused on how to position the entire body in an anatomically correct way. This is every dancer’s foundation, from which everything else can emerge and develop. Building on my own experience in classical ballet and contemporary dance, I place great value on the dynamics of movement paired with musicality. Sensitivity for the space, length in the movement, and breathing also play a key role.
Isaac Spencer, HOCHSCHULE FÜR MUSIK UND DARSTELLENDE KUNST Frankfurt am Main
What happens in a contemporary dance class when we agree to interpret the term “contemporary” to mean RIGHT NOW? By using both improvisational tasks and set material, we will collectively visit different approaches to practice dancing in the here and now. Starting with a short improvisational dance practice, we will then systematically warm-up our bodies, visiting our dynamic and physical range. Rhythm and coordination will be practiced. We will move across the floor, dance solo and with partners, all the while sourcing our individual impulses to dance in the present.
David Hernandez, FOLKWANG UNIVERSITÄT DER KÜNSTE Essen
Dynamic Movement Systems – is a technique class with an emphasis on weight, falling, redirecting energy, accentuating sensations of unfamiliar co-ordinations and torsions. Rhythm and accents awaken the neuromuscular abilities of the body towards virtuosity, precision and articulation that challenge the dancer’s habitual movement patterns. The exercises are informed by several existing techniques encourage an emphasis on universal laws of motion and reveal motion itself rather than shape and gestures.
The gradual training from floor to standing to travelling and jumping constitute a thorough work out that by the end of the class leave a taste of ‘everything is possible’ in a vibrant body. More importantly, the class is building a practice in motion with useful technical tips for long and healthy dancing, encouraging the dancer to get to know their body and expand its fitness level as well as its creative capacity.