Master Countertechnique Teacher
August 21st - 26th
10:00am-12:00pm - Countertechnique Class
1:00pm- 3:00 Partnering with Countertechnique
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Countertechnique is a movement system developed to help the dancer think about the dancing body, focusing on the process of incorporating information into action. Within a clear structure of exercises the Countertechnique class enables dancers to move big and fluidly, while becoming strong and flexible. Dancers are encouraged to be proactive in discovering connections and solutions, to be less concerned with judging themselves and to work in a healthy way with regard to the whole self.
The class starts with a recurring set of tasks and exercises, allowing dancers to investigate the Countertechnique tools in detail. The second half of the class consists of changing components, working towards a movement combination, that travels through all levels of space playing with flow and range in motion. The build up is geared towards working on coordination, strengthening and flexibility as well as finding a heightened sense of awareness and presence by exploring new tools every class.
Partnering with Countertechnique
In partnering work there are much more essential aspects than just the partner. There is the communication that happens between two people, the space around them defining their movements, the new forces and possibilities created by the exchange of two bodies and each body’s personal process. In this workshop you will investigate all those issues at stake while working with a partner and explore them to create something together that can only exist because you are working together.
The specific approach of partnering taught in this workshop is derived from the Countertechnique. The principles and the essential knowledge of Countertechnique form the tools and vocabulary to communicate with. In simple exercises you will learn how to physically apply this new language in relation to another body. Moving with a partner can become easier, lifts lighter and the communication clearer. We will work with guided and free improvisations and how to apply the new skills in an open exchange. You will practice how to listen, initiate, support, follow, make suggestions and observe to create something together. And finally you will apply the learned principles to repertory duet material and together make it your own.