Teaching is an important part of my dance practice. It allows me to precisely articulate my current dance research with dancers outside my close collaborating circuit and share knowledge with other dancers. I lead contemporary dance classes, choreography, partnering and mentoring workshops.
- CONTEMPORARY DANCE CLASSES
During classes we focus on the theme of multidimensional body – dance that happens outside static vertical and explores complex body initiations. The classes start with warming up and grounding exercises which concentrate on body placement and mobilizing its` mechanics. Than we move towards improvisational tasks which introduce the concept of multidimensional body in reference to movement (initiations, momentum, dynamics, rhythm) and space (levels, physical forces, transport). Through improvisation tasks we can build our own approach to the proposed ideas and challenge our movement habits. Some improvisation tasks involve also working with the partner. The class builds towards dynamic physicality, finishing in demanding movement sequences and phrases.
I believe that in order to be able to explore the full range of our dancing we shall prepare a strong, conscious and responsive body. In order to build this awareness the class facilitates dynamic changes, moves through vertical and floor work, research the possibilities of an off-balance, multidimensional movement. The aim is to bring the body off the comfort zone, explore playful physicality, but using the tools that allow us to stay in a place of a control, consciousness.
- CHOREOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
Choreographic workshop investigates processes and strategies in relation the body which is located in “the space of interrogation”, suspended time of the unspoken. We shall work on tasks, qualities, ideas related to the body that is physically and mentally located in the never stable, safe or still zone.
The research will focus on performing qualities, articulating intentions and motivations of an idea as well as working on efficiency and choices of used means.
- PARTNERING WORKSHOP
Partnering workshop provides tools that allow us to undergo a continuous physical dialogue with the fellow dancer. The session moves through tasks that give us understanding of giving-receiving weight, lead-follow; from simple tasks towards more complex improvisation skills and physical dance phrases with a partner. The classes can be 1,5 – 2,5 hours long. During the longer sessions the dancers will also have the chance to build their own choreographic materials with the partner based on the given tools and physical propositions.
photo: Darja Štravs Tisu / archive of VIBRA 2015