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Mirjam Karvat (Frankfurt am Main)

GAGA

Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body. Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Gaga raises awareness of physical weaknesses, awakens numb areas, exposes physical fixations, and offers ways for their elimination. The work improves instinctive movement and connects conscious and unconscious movement, and it allows for an experience of freedom and pleasure in a simple way, in a pleasant space, in comfortable clothes, accompanied by music, each person with himself and others.

Mirjam Karvat studied dance at the London Contemporary Dance School, Massage Therapy and Human Kinetics. She performed with the New Generations Dance Company and choreographed in an interdisciplinary collaboration at Theater Aarau/ Switzerland. Mirjam also participated as the main character in a film documentation about schizophrenia. Prior to joining the Gaga Teacher Training Program in 2011, she danced in the musical RENT in Basel/Switzerland. Mirjam teaches Gaga in Israel, Switzerland, and Germany.

30% somatic in movement
10% stretch & strengthen
20% pleasure
40% Technical skills
26.09. - 29.09. | 10:30 - 12:00 | K32
GAGA
Christine Biedermann (Hamburg)

Classical training for contemporary dancers

The training is based on the clearly defined structure of the classical technique. However, the predetermined sequence of exercises is deliberately rearranged and combined with modern techniques. Based on this principle, Christine Biedermann has developed an individual style of training that seeks to respect and include the needs of every participant in the best possible way.


The training of Christine Biedermann will take place in two successional weeks.

Christine Biedermann attended the John Cranko Academy in Stuttgart and furthermore studied in Monte Carlo and New York. She was engaged in different companies as soloist and has now been teaching for many years. Amongst other professional companies, she teaches at Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Tanztheater Bielefeld and Studio HJS Amsterdam.   

25% Dance
25% Technique
25% Musicality
25% Dynamics

photo: Oliver Krato
04.10. - 13.10. | 10:30 - 12:00 | K32
Classical training for contemporary dancers
Fiona Gordon (Hamburg)

From Inside Out

The energetic class passes through various different dynamic stages: from gazing inwards, concentrating on breathing and being mindful of the state of one's own body it shifts to floor work, swings, rolls and stretching, which then intensify into dynamic, complex movement sequences. The class concentrates thereby on shifting body levels and points of focus to develop clarity of movement direction while simultaneously finding a very personal emotional quality of movement.

Fiona Gordon studied dance & choreography at the Laban Centre. As a dancer, she has worked e.g. with Mark Murphy, Rica Blunk, Angela Guerreiro and Jan Pusch. She has been teaching modern dance, improvisation and choreography at the Erika Klütz Schule for many years now and will also be doing so at the CDSH in Hamburg.

10 % Inner focus
20% Floor connection
15% Flow&Movement quality
40% Dance Movement
15% Presentation&Focus
10 % Inner focus
20% Floor connection
15% Flow&Movement quality
40% Dance Movement
15% Presentation&Focus
17.10. - 20.10. | 10:30 - 12:00 | K32
From Inside Out
Kerstin Kussmaul (Austria)

The Psoas Connection

The Psoas complex is a key structure for dancers. It influences alignment, knees, feet, breath, head and neck, and organ structures. Myoreflex therapy is the practical base in touch to analyse, free and train the Psoas complex.
Movement based on resistance stretches lead to integration in dancing, in relating to space and the others. Goal is to reach a freedom in movement, a sustainable use of the body, and to nourish individual movement practices. 

Kerstin Kussmaul is a choreographer nad Somatic Movement Educator. Her artistic focus is on music/dance projects and on the development of new formats of mediation and exploration of movement, such as the monthly gathering Sharing the dance at the Tanzquartier Vienna. Her last project "Vexations “, a music/space/performance installation, was shown at festival in Vienna (ImPulsTanz) and Milan (uovo). Kerstin Kussmaul has an MA in Music and Dance Pedagogics and studied Somatic Movement Education and TCM in Berkeley/USA, as well as Myoreflextherapy. She teaches in Europe and the USA.

20% anatomy & knowledge
20 % touch & movement
25% movement exploration & training
35% dance language

© Laurent Ziegler
24.10. - 27.10. | 10:30 - 12:00 | K32
The Psoas Connection
Heidi Weiss (Berlin)

Dynamic Technique. Stretch - Ground - Grow - Flow

The training is based on the Weissmann Technique, a contemporary movement approach that, although based on modern dance, has developed it further into a new method used to explore movement in a highly physical and dynamical way as well as learn to dance with joy. The training begins by arriving in the body and the space, building up and strengthening inner heat. Then come movement sequences that integrate fast shifts between spatial planes and that are initiated by e.g. fingertips, toes, hips. Participants are encouraged to overcome limitations and occupy the space with their movement.

Heidi Weiss studied modern dance at the University of the Arts Philadelphia. She worked as a choreographer and performer with Group Motion and founded the internationally touring company Zen in the Basement Co in Germany with Jennifer Mann. Heidi Weiss has worked as a teacher with various modern techniques. She developed the Weissmann Technique with Jennifer Mann and teaches it at e.g. universities, the Marameo Berlin, Tanzhaus NRW.

10% yoga
10% floorwork
50% technical warm up
30% across floor/combis
100% MOVEMENT!

© Bettina Stöß
31.10. - 03.11. | 10:30 - 12:00 | K32
Dynamic Technique. Stretch - Ground - Grow - Flow