Workshop| Composing Dance and Poetics | Billie Hanne

10  till 13th of May  10:00 – 16:00h


An essential class for dancers wanting to explore and produce poetry in performance.
The course investigates the relationship between words and gravity through effective use of the body’s anatomy. The dancer who makes dance and poetry from a body in motion deals with an intimate mythology that is raw and textured, three dimensional and springs from rhythm. In essence the work is to have both the poetry and the dance individuate so they can be housed by what is being imagined, produced, expressed.
Technically the areas of bone and muscle in relationship to gravity are worked on to facilitate an integrated speech. Therefor tongue and body must find spatial resonance in imagery and meaning as well as in euphonic qualities. Rhythm, both linear and sequential, radial and instant, in the combining of elements in space unites the material and weaves it into the fabric of the dance. Poetry then is a three-dimensional changing complex of body, voice, space, form and time.





Dog.” *

* from a piece titled ‘Lightning’ performed in 2015

Class is for dancers, professional, as well as offering some places for movers working in other fields.

In her teaching Billie Hanne engages both the choreographic and poetic mind to a level that allows for composition to occur from the body’s intelligence and inner logic. There is a particular focus on refining proprioceptive skills essential for the dancer to create materials that live in space and time in a meaningful way. By furthering this area of technique students develop awareness to read the many layers in a composition while making. Key words for recent classes are ‘spiral’, ‘phrasing’, ‘myth’, ‘cyclical time, ‘space’. Many of her classes involve using language hereby adressing the dancer’s skills and knowledge of the moving body. Billie Hanne teaches in different dance centres and studios in Europe. She is a passionate teacher and able to transmit her wide experience effectively and with zest.

Billie Hanne composes dance and poetry in instant choreographies, provocative poetics in the spur of the moment, in the realm of vision and instinct.
She retrieves and examines human intimacy with space, time, object and light. The body. Through radical handling of poetics and dance she weaves nature’s sophistication into different textures, tales and geometrics that penetrate skill with grace and lyrical power with rhythm. She transforms a space and inhabits the evocation with choreography and verse.
In her practice she reimagines tradition and pushes the boundaries of the art form through blending and morphing myth and physical reality. Her pieces are spiritual architectures that layer dissonant forces. She brings her work to different venues from underground studios to established theatres, to galleries and industrial sites.
Since 2009 she has performed with Allen’s Line, the Julyen Hamilton Company, amongst which the latest ‘i smooth crimson’ (2012-2013) and ‘Goat Ocean (2014-2015) which were shown in different places in Europe.. In 2012 she made her first solo ‘Hamlet in Palace’, and since other solos that have followed are: ‘Johnny on the Run’, ‘Deep Brown Sea’, ‘Lightning’ and ‘Daisy’. These works have been shown in Brussels, Berlin, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, London. For Wheelgod she has, amongst others, directed the duet ‘Map of Antarctica’, the quartert ‘Melchior’ and ‘All for Big B!’, a new piece.

registration: short intro letter + cv to
payment: € 150


This workshop is part of the project

Billie’s Roos, Mythe en Been in het Regentessekwartier.

supported by:

Gemeente Den Haag


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