13 – 14 February
This 2-day workshop is aimed at professional dance and theatre artists who are interesting in deepening their practice and re-visiting their creative self. The workshop is designed around exercises that deepen body awareness and encourage an individual investigation of the mind/body unity. The class material is informed by movement approaches such as Body Mind Centering, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Skinner Releasing Technique, Yoga, Rolfing, Contact Improvisation and Experiential Anatomy. Such approaches support a first person engagement with the work and offer a ground for creative investigation. Each day begins with bodywork where participants come into physical contact as they awaken joints, muscles and internal organs. This leads to somatic investigations (guided improvisations using imagery) that start from the floor and gradually work up to standing. The focus is to draw attention to weight, breath and the skeletal structure. We incorporate this body awareness into collaborative exercises and improvisational experiments through group-work. These include working with the organization of bodies in space, exploring non-verbal communication through posture and gesture, devising collaborative theatre sketches and working on group improvisations.
Saturday 13th of February 10.30-13.30
Sunday 14th of February 14.00-17.00
About Nathalie Heller
Natalie Heller is a choreographer and dance artist. She has an MA in ‘Creative Practice’ from Trinity Laban and professional training from Dance New Amsterdam (NYC), Movement Research (NYC), Siobhan Davies Studios (London) and Ecole Supérieure de l’Enseignement de la Danse (Montpellier, France). She is interested in how somatic practices can transform and deepen our sense of self. It was on her exploration of different movement methodologies that she discovered Ashtanga Yoga, Pilates, Thai massage, Body Mind Centering, Contact Improvisation, Alexander Technique, Skinner Releasing, Feldenkrais, Klein Technique and many others. She has been taking movement workshops for over twenty years and has been trained by key players in the field (including Gill Clarke, KJ, Holmes, Malcolm Manning, Eva Karczag and many others). She has been teaching movement techniques since 2006.
Registration and payment
Reservations must be made before 6th Feb.
Price: 70 euros or 60 (for professional performers).
Level: Professional (advanced amateurs welcome)