TEACHING

TEACHING

TECHNIQUE CLASS | OUT OF SEQUENCE 


My class starts with a slow warmup that aims  to bring the participants' attention to lines of connectivity that pass through the body and the space. The pace of the class gradually accelerates as the warmup develops into dynamic movement phrase.  The organization of the body in movement, while going in and out of the floor is challenged further and the class continues with vertical exercises combined with floorwork. Addressing kinesthetic issues such as points of initiation, coordination, opposition, the application of weight  and connectivity, the exercises are aspired to orchestrate the dance to move out of the sequence. The training ends with a dance-phrase that reintroduces and composes some of the technical elements which were processed throughout the class.

 

COMPOSITION WORKSHOPs


DANCING HAPPY ON SAD MUSIC |  STATEMENTS OF AMBIGUITY 


Dancing Happy On Sad Music is a workshop based on a working method I have started to employ during the creation process of <

> (2007) and developed further in other performances which followed that work. The Prize Piece was a direct response to a situation in which I received an award-commission to create new work. In a state of ambiguous feelings about the award, very little was clear to me at the start of the process but the understanding that this piece has to be about the state of ambiguity. Finally the performance became a playlist of eight 'statements of ambiguity' (of which four were solos) that were about the attempt to become free of the determinative and somewhat assertive conjunction or , and instead affirm the connective and inclusive and.  How to be and rather than or

Without getting fixed on one performance style, dance or theatrical code, in this workshop I will propose the experience of working on <> as a starting point for the creation of short, compact solos (statements). The intention is that these 'statements' will provoke questions that could feed a further enquiry. 
 

REALITY BITES


In this workshop I link between my composition practice and approach to performance. My experience is that when performance is not incorporated into the creation process, the performers and consequently the performance itself, go through a phase of adaptation when having to meet the public for the first time . This phase is unintentional as it is not integrated into the creation process from the start. As result, only after more than few performances the performance is 'ready'. Or in other words,  the performers gain enough experience and knowledge how to perform the work and the work is no longer subjected to the unstable movements caused by the 'nervous system', naming the public. 


Working Method 

In this workshop the participants create movement material following different tasks inspired by methods which I apply in my choreographic work. This material will be made in different forms (solo, duet, group) and will be developed further in relation to the way in which it should/could be performed. 

In the formation the participants decide to work in (alone or in any group format), the participants begin to develop a movement idea following a specific task. Already at the end of the first session, ideally after couple of hours of work, the participants will perform a first draft  in front of their colleagues. 

Issues concerning relationship with the public, relation with the other performers, the gaze, duration and so on, which are usually looked at in a later stage of the creation process, will be addressed immediately. Following the feedback the participants will continue working in their section, already applying aspects concerning performance into the making process.

The intention is to spend around 2-3 days working in the same mode and constellation, which will allow the participants to examine their work directly in the context of performing it. 


Aim

Reality Bites standpoint is that the making of movement text and the performance of it are essentially connected. When creating and composing material, the aspect of how it will be performed is as important as other issues concerning physicality, technique, style or concept. As we are working in the medium of performing arts, the performance itself is the fundament that conditions all other aspects. Instead of approaching performance at the end of the process, Reality Bites suggests that performance should be looked at from the very start and throughout the process. 

 
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Calendar

22/05/2018 > 07/06/201822/05/18 > 07/06/18SNDO / Amsterdam School of the ArtsAmsterdam, Netherlands
13/02/2017 > 24/02/201713/02/17 > 24/02/17ICK AMSTERDAMAmsterdam, NL
23/01/2017 > 04/02/201723/01/17 > 04/02/17TanzquartierWien, AT
28/11/2016 > 02/12/201628/11/16 > 02/12/16HJSAmsterdam, NL
13/06/2016 > 23/06/201613/06/16 > 23/06/16HJSAmsterdam, NL
09/05/2016 > 10/06/201609/05/16 > 10/06/16SNDO / Amsterdam School of the ArtsAmsterdam, NL
02/05/2016 > 06/05/201602/05/16 > 06/05/16HJSAmsterdam, NL
07/03/2016 > 11/04/201607/03/16 > 11/04/16SNDO / Amsterdam School of the ArtsAmsterdam, NL
27/07/2015 > 31/07/201527/07/15 > 31/07/15ImPulsTanzWien, AT
01/07/2015 > 05/07/201501/07/15 > 05/07/15Vitlycke - Centre for Performing ArtsSE
22/06/2015 > 26/06/201522/06/15 > 26/06/15HJSAmsterdam, NL
11/05/2015 > 19/06/201511/05/15 > 19/06/15SNDO / Amsterdam School of the ArtsAmsterdam, NL
04/05/2015 > 11/06/201504/05/15 > 11/06/15MTD / Amsterdam School of the ArtsAmsterdam, NL
06/05/2014 > 13/06/201406/05/14 > 13/06/14SNDO / Amsterdam School of the ArtsAmsterdam, NL
14/04/2014 > 25/04/201414/04/14 > 25/04/14HJSAmsterdam, NL
17/03/2014 > 11/04/201417/03/14 > 11/04/14MTD / Amsterdam School of the ArtsAmsterdam, NL
03/02/2014 > 15/02/201303/02/14 > 15/02/13TanzquartierWien, AT
18/11/2013 > 13/12/201318/11/13 > 13/12/13Artez Dance AcdemyArnhem, NL
21/10/2013 > 25/10/201321/10/13 > 25/10/13Culberg BalletStockholm, SE
14/10/2013 > 18/10/201314/10/13 > 18/10/13DanscentrumStockholm, SE
27/09/2013 > 20/09/201327/09/13 > 20/09/13HJSAmsterdam, NL
29/07/2013 > 02/08/201329/07/13 > 02/08/13HJSAmsterdam, NL
24/06/2013 > 28/06/201324/06/13 > 28/06/13HJSAmsterdam, NL
21/04/2013 > 28/04/201321/04/13 > 28/04/13The Platform ProjectMoscow, RU
15/04/2013 > 19/04/201315/04/13 > 19/04/13HJSAmsterdam, NL
11/03/2013 > 15/03/201311/03/13 > 15/03/13sasha waltzBerlin, DE
17/12/2012 > 21/12/201217/12/12 > 21/12/12HJSAmsterdam, NL
26/11/2012 > 30/11/201226/11/12 > 30/11/12La RaffinerieBrussels, BE
03/09/2012 > 07/09/201203/09/12 > 07/09/12HJSAmsterdam, NL
30/06/2012 > 08/07/201230/06/12 > 08/07/12stt.artBytom, PL
14/06/2012 > 17/06/201214/06/12 > 17/06/12DansisStavenger, NO
12/02/2012 > 25/02/201212/02/12 > 25/02/12TanzquartierWien, AT
08/12/2011 > 21/12/201108/12/11 > 21/12/11OperaestateBassano del Grappa, IT
28/11/2011 > 02/11/201128/11/11 > 02/11/11SNDO / Amsterdam School of the ArtsAmsterdam, NL
31/10/2011 > 03/11/201131/10/11 > 03/11/11DanscentrumStockholm, SE
12/09/2011 > 14/10/201112/09/11 > 14/10/11MTD / Amsterdam School of the ArtsAmsterdam, NL
08/08/2011 > 12/08/201108/08/11 > 12/08/11HJSAmsterdam, NL
09/05/2011 > 24/06/201109/05/11 > 24/06/11SNDO / Amsterdam School of the ArtsAmsterdam, NL
21/03/2011 > 29/04/201121/03/11 > 29/04/11MTD / Amsterdam School of the ArtsAmsterdam, NL
01/03/2011 > 18/03/201101/03/11 > 18/03/11SEADSalzburg, AT
22/02/2011 > 25/02/201122/02/11 > 25/02/11HJSAmsterdam, NL