Daily Training

Contemporary

Fiona Gordon (England/Hamburg)

July 20-24 2009

K3-Zentrum für Choreographie Hamburg, 10-12 am


I like to follow a theme that can be integrated throughout the whole class, often one of the six basic full-body connection elements from Bartenieff-fundamentals: Breath, core-distal, head-tail, upper-lower, body half, cross-lateral. More elements might be included, like curves, swings or rolls, balance and off-balance. My style is a mixture of: Humphrey-Limon and release technique, involving also the knowledge from Bartenieff-fundamentals, and dealing with how to play with gravity, feeling the sensation of suspension and letting go and giving into the weight.


I concentrate on giving the dancer a consciousness of her moving body…being aware of which muscles are necessary to elevate a movement; which are active and lead a movement and to choose which are passive and follow. I suggest that dancers concentrate on their energy source coming from their centers (core-energy), and that they try to become aware of the radiation of that energy to their extremities (distal-energy). I also stress the necessity of being aware of the connection between head and tail, weight shifting and lastly, the connection of the feet with the floor. The culmination of the class is the combination, which often integrates the theme of the class and ultimately gives the dancer a feeling of high energy output. I really enjoy seeing my dancers leave the room with a great sense of having reached limits.


The dancer should develop a clear consciousness of how, where, why and when the body moves, should be able to differ between automatic motoric movement and the performance of a conscious movement. I like to motivate the dancer to come into class with a lot of energy and concentration and hope their passion for movement and dance grows during each session.

Teaching language: German and English
Maximum number of participants: 20
Open to all with an intermediate/high level experience in Modern and Contemporary dance.


Contemporary

Raul Valdez (Republic Dominican/Hamburg)

July 27 -31 2009

K3-Zentrum für Choreographie Hamburg, 10-12 am


Raul Valdez uses the weight of the isolated body in order to generate elementare impulses which develops themselves during the training to complex movements. In this process he incorporates different principles and techniques of the contemporary Modern Dance like “Alexander” or “Limón”. After the warm up Raul conduct at first the ground exercises and from this point the coordination principles are developed in a coherent way, so they turns to be dance sequences. In the foreground of Raul’s work is the energy flow through the body and its projection in the space, in order to extract from the body the movement’s power and pureness. His experience as choreographer helps him to communicate in harmonious combinations an unmistakable aesthetics as well as neu perspectives about Contemporary Dance.


Teaching language: German and English
Maximum number of participants: 20<
Open to all with an intermediate/high level experience in Modern and Contemporary dance.


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The education program is a cooperation with DanceKiosk Hamburg.


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