"If you let go, something will happen." Paul Williams
From 11 am to 5 pm at Studio 2 of Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin
During this open deepening workshop series taking as a base the essential body work of Irmgard Bartenieff, we will take the time to explore our own body, our movement patterns and the connections and muscle chains within the body and also to change them.
This intensive body work together with the Effort and Space Harmony knowledge of Rudolf Laban will allow us then to discover newly our own movement and dance expression and enjoy them in a playful way. It will also allow us to develop our creativity and to experience it together with a partner and with the whole group.
Anyone with specific movement experience practice is welcome - the workshops are even for movement experts extremely enriching! Each workshop forms a self-contained unit with different thematic focuses each time.
to develop presence in the body and a good use of inner and outer space
November 9 -10, 2019
Workshop taught in English (Translation in Slovak possible)
In this workshop we train the expressivity of the body in dance with the somatic approach of the Bartenieff Fundamentals. Irmgard Bartenieff (1900-1981), a dancer and physiotherapist developed an effective set of exercises and principles based on Rudolf Laban's dance theory, which enables people to move with more ease. These Bartenieff Fundamentals are for example the base for Bainbridge-Cohen's Body Mind Centering (BMC), Kestenberg's research and a lot of recent dance techniques like Release or Contact Improvisation. They are as profound as Yoga but coming from a Western background. And everyone can use them to enliven their way of moving and broaden their repertoire and find their creativity.
The Fundamentals offer a structured way to enliven the connections in the body. The deep muscle and fascial trains are trained with the help of effective and physically connected movements. The
principles of Grounding for example and the movement patterns, that help to organize the body, are explored with basic exercises leading into more free improvisations in space and with others.
This integrating and centering bodywork has a positive effect on dance.
It makes dancing and moving easier, more dynamic and more organic. We work with inner images, anatomical understanding, clarity in the movement impulse and in space to help the body letting go of patterns, that don´t work and finding new favorable ones. The body learns movements more in depth and increasingly feels as a connected entity.
The Fundamentals provide a very deep foundation for dance, dance-improvisation, self-awareness through movement and for finding your own creative sources.
So you are welcome to join the workshop, if you are interested in improving your way of dancing, if you are curious to find new inroads into the dance and in your body consciousness. You can be from different fields like: dancers, not only professional ones, actors, pedagogues, teachers, dance teachers, artists, therapists, physiotherapists or just people interested in movement.
The workshop is open for people of different age and level of experience!
„Come on in, the water is fine“ Paul Williams
November 30 - December 1, 2019
The joy of dancing, of expressing one’s own (life) feelings in dance and of finding the appropriate forms of expression for them, is an essential concern of this further education. Only on the basis of one's own experience is it possible to work effectively with different target groups in dance education.
Especially in times of alienation from one's own body, e.g. due to exaggerated ideals or a lack of movement in everyday life, there are hardly any limits to the many possible uses of dance in pedagogical or social fields of work. Dancing promotes confidence in the sensual perceptive faculty and can expand limitations in body language expression. Dancing strengthens self-confidence.
The development of the own abilities to improvise and to recognize and use creative moments form the core of the basic
seminars. We use the methods of the Laban Movement Theory and the Bartenieff Fundamentals. Their basics are especially helpful for the design and analysis of dance.
An essential component is also mutual observation. The participants learn to put into words and to reflect on the seen dance events. They learn to expand their personal possibilities in dance expression as well as to recognize and promote these possibilities in others.
This introductory weekend serves to get to know the working method and gives an overview of the topics of the coming eight weekends.