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Course Descriptions

Instructors: Wagner Moreira and Helena Fernandino

Again and again we are amazed at how infinite the possibilities are to teach, to create and above all, to learn.

The workshop approaches ways of moving using a focus on efficiency rather than a focus shapes. Elements such as strength, flexibility, restriction, limitation, abilities and supplementation enable the participants to create freedom, stability, difference, diversity and natural acceptance. Based on exploration, improvisation and technique, participants will be offered simple patterns of movement that will be developed into different combinations. The focus will be on an economic (i.e. efficient) process in regards to the function of movement development, while participants explore the connectivity and qualities from different body systems.

Through guided explorations, classes will flow from floor work through standing combinations and the connection between levels of space. Based on our own experiences as a dancers and choreographers, the second part of the workshop will utilize improvisational games and tasks to compose material and create scores, providing a matrix for stage piece or site-specific work. C.O.R.E. (Creating Opportunities of Research & Exploration) has gained a new dimension through several experiences in recent years, opening up new visions that follow new impulses.

Instructors: Dragana Alfirević, Dejan Srhoj, Rok Vevar, Nhandan Chirco

Activities and exercises are selected from a variety of physical techniques, practices and studio hybrids of dance trainings and are framed into different modules in process like: (a) Ludus (Dance through Games and Play), (b) Live Dance History and History of Dance in Studio Work, (c) Policies/Politics of Bodies, (d) History and Culture of Physical Experience, (e) Principles of Dance Composition, (f) Body as Landscape and Climate, (g) Vertical and Horizontal in Dance

We open the educational process with a non-invasive teaching/learning environment in which transmission of knowledge, physical and thinking practice happens in a friendly way. It liberates a dance studio and provides a space in which communication channels open. It is a half-structured and half-improvisational format in which teachers invite students to share the teaching and learning processes. Practice and theory are combined and non-divided.

We would like students to leave the course with the understanding that the classroom and studio are relational rather than hierarchical, something that happens between human beings/bodies involved in the process. Learning is a collective, rather than individual, experience (related to Ranciere’s concept of An Ignorant Schoolmaster). There is active involvement of all who participate (teachers and students … or teacher-students). The process is creative rather than an accumulative. We are focused on establishing an environment rather than simply transmitting knowledge.

Instructor: Thomas Kampe

In this workshop we will use somatic resources and compositional tools to find intelligent, efficient, and affective modes of dance making. We will investigate constructive and subversive choreographic strategies to develop organic and highly dynamic movement vocabularies, challenging phrases and meaningful structures that allow for clarity and surprising inventiveness in our choreographic practice. We will draw on The Feldenkrais Method® as an organic and accessible somatic resource to active the dancers’ confidence, embodied agency and choreographic intentionality in the making of solo and duet works. Feldenkrais offers a relational perspective on movement, self-perception and somatic authority. By drawing on organic learning processes it supports a refined self-awareness, an improved skills base, and an ability to relate creatively to our environment. Through ‘Awareness through Movement’® lessons and touch-based ‘Functional Integration’® dialogues we will explore the three-dimensional movement potential of our core, to find freedom and greater possibilities in our movement choices as choreographic dancers.

In dialogue with student dancers we will work on the creation of one or two short choreographic scenes to be shared in a showing amongst peers.

Instructor: Mark Sieczkarek

Tanztheater is the human element. The idea is mainly connected to Pina Bausch and her work. Pina was interested the in the idea that dancers can be human on stage… she wanted to see dancers as people and not only as moving bodies.

During the workshop, through the use of improvisation and choreographic elements we will touch on the human element. The dancers will be encouraged to explore and discover their own choreographic ideas beginning with improvised exercises alone, in partners or in groups. Each person will be able to expand their own movement language and seek out different approaches towards constructing dance and expressing human qualities including the use of breathing and mindfulness in a meditative atmosphere.


Dates (including Arrival and Departure):

June 25 – July 21

Early Bird Deadline:

December 1, 2017

Standard Registration Deadline:

March 15, 2018

APPLY NOW for this program.

The Accademia dell’Arte undergraduate program is fully accredited by Hendrix College.


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