Once embodied reflection is sensed and understood, knowing how to make and create becomes both infinite and concrete. This helps dancers in the wide field of performing arts and contemporary dance. It faciliates the search for new dance aesthetics, different body textures, dynamics and movement qualities. It enables opposed qualities such as fragility/power or smoothness/sharpness.
Following a clear structure, a class starts with mobilizing and gentle stretch/strenghten exercises. Sometimes these exercices are related to improvisation tasks or somatic practices. It is about to prepare the body and mind, to soften and strengthen our muscles, ligaments and joints and to find sensations for flow, liquidity and elasticity of the fascia and musculoskeletal structure of the body.
A focus on a natural breathing helps to immerge in different body textures, dynamics and movement qualities. Mastering the ability to balance direction and letting go again defines gracefullness within the art and makes dancing an effortless effort.
Finally we focus on the practice to perform by working with short movement phrases/choreographies. We search for musicality and artistry. It is the moment to combine all the embodied former principles and to bring them into dance movements. We aim to be smooth while moving low in and out of the floor, to be compact while moving through space using the ability to perform different dynamics, speed and movement qualitities. It opens space for different sensations, expressions, emotions and especially for enjoying the effort of dancing.
My contemporary/modern class integrates elements of various different dance techniques. I am combining principles of different contemporary dance techniques (floor work, release technique), modern dance techniques (Limon, Jooss-Leeder-Technik) as well as contact improvisation, improvisation methods and body work (somatic practices, Feldenkrais).