Scott Wells (USA)

Contemporary Partnering
From Zero to Flying   

This class will present idiosyncratic partnering phrases as well as fundamental exercises key to partnering in general.  Sensation, proprioception, flying, catching, lifting, lightness, group work and inversion partnering will be covered. The goal is to expand the experience of partnering and to lay a foundation for future partnering encounters—for both choreographers and dancers.
The work is informed by the physics of contact improvisation, 25 years of choreographic investigation centered on athletic physical interaction and by the Alexander Technique and BMC.

Scott Wells has an MFA in dance (University of Illinois) and directs a dance company in San Francisco.  He has done many unusual projects including dances for skateboarders and boxers (Rocky vs Baryshnikov) and choreographed West Side Story. Scott has received two Izzies (San Francisco’s most prestigious dance award) for Choreography and was selected by Dance Magazine as “one of the 25 To Watch”. He has toured to Europe for the last 20 years teaching and performing in festivals in Moscow, Barcelona, Budapest, Berlin, Vienna, Zagreb to name a few.

30% set phrases
25% skills/exercises
15% principles
15% body awareness/somatics
15% response to student inquiry/wishes

© David Papas 

30.05. - 02.06. | 10:30 - 12:00 | K32
From Zero to Flying   
Katja Mustonen (Frankfurt/Main)

Contemporary Dance

The training is inspired by yoga, somatic approaches, floor work and other release techniques. It begins with a concentration on breathing and then develops into more and more complex movement sequences. By focusing on the spine, we direct our attention to gravity and flowing movements. We will explore the ways in which the spine as centreline can support the body as a whole. The training promotes physical strength as well as a lighter body in movement.

Katja Mustonen is a Finnish dancer, choreographer and teacher. She studied dance at the Vocational Dance School in Outokumpu in Finland, as well as dance pedagogy at the HfMDK Frankfurt/Main.

© Patrick Giesberts
06.06. - 09.06. | 10:30 - 12:00 | K32
Contemporary Dance
May Zarhy (Israel/Frankfurt)

Inside Out

Based on principles of Feldenkrais and release technique, the practice focuses on one’s connection to the body from the inside out: awakening physical connections, stimulating sensibility, to then integrating these into movement schemes. It starts with simple movements developing into a full range dance, where one’s presence and concentration are at the core of interest. The idea is to set the body in motion in a comfortable and methodic way.

May Zarhy studied dance at Rotterdam Dance Academy. She worked with William Forsythe and has been member of ex.e.r.ce ‘07 in Montpellier. Together with Fabrice Mazliah and Ioannis Mandafounis she founded the collaboration MAMAZA. She teaches regularly and international, gives dance workshops and theory classes.

© Pierre Ricci
13.06. - 16.06. | 10:30 - 12:00 | K32
Inside Out