Workshop
Program
2018

Every summer, TANZWERKSTATT EUROPA offers a high-quality summer dance workshop program for all people who take great delight in dancing.

Besides contemporary dance and special repertory classes for every level there are choreographic labs for professional dancers and choreographers. They give valuable insights into important current working methods and are also an inspiration to work on your own choreographic material.

To relax the body we offer various body work classes in Feldenkrais, Yoga or Tai-Chi Dao-Yin.

The final lecture demonstration surprises audiences every year at the close of the TANZWERKSTATT EUROPA with a remarkable quality. Participants and instructors present the results from their workshops and intensives.

Kris Verdonck
Between the object and the body

Professionals > 9.30 – 14.00 H
August 7 – 11 
Studio B
In English

The creations of Belgian Kris Verdonck are positioned between visual arts and theatre, installation and performance, dance and architecture. In his work, he explores the dramaturgic significance of the invention of (composite) bodies, prototypes and mechanic objects. Subjects and objects are treated as equals. The utilization of objects is often considered as a use of figures and actors that are agents to express poetic sensibilities and uncanny politics that question our existential relationships and our sense of place in the world. The work aims to ask what objects and machines can tell us about what they do. How are they organized, and what clarity or discipline of agency or effect might arise in encountering the installations and performances? Writers such as Samuel Beckett, Daniil Kharms and Heiner Müller are important for the work, but also essays like Heinrich von Kleist’s “Über das Marionettentheater” or “The Angel of History” by Walter Benjamin. During the workshop, together with the participants, Verdonck will explore the artistic and political consequences of the use of mechanical objects, digital media and living bodies.

Andros Zins-Browne
Feeding

Advanced > 14.30 – 16.30 H
Professionals > 17.00 – 19.00 H
August 7 – 11.
Studio B
In English

At the intersection where we consume (our)selves in infinite currents of information, bottomless loops of images, produce endless forms to express finite emotions – where depth floats right to the surface and our digital feeds look back at us... We might ask: Who’s fed, who’s eating who, and WTF’s for dinner? I say: Oprah Winfrey. You say: Cat with moustache playing Beethoven! I say: Oprah with moustache plays cat! You say: Beneath all of it (and I understand almost nothing) lies a dormant social organization, the algorithm to the least secret society; some way of being both together and not, of sharing what we can’t touch, but continue to project. Here, and also nowhere, there’s a network feeding us like a pack of animals on the cloud. Someday it might make sense; in the meantime, we’re just hungry. Brussels-based choreographer and performer Andros Zins-Browne will lead the group in the physical practice of “digital feeding” which follows a line of his work; he twists digital and virtual worlds into analogue, embodied expressions.

Virginie Roy
INTER/CORPO/
REALITY
The dancing body

Advanced > 9.30 – 11.30 H
August 1 – 11
Studio A
In German/English

The dancing body connects us with the things of the world; it integrates these things, takes them up and taps into them. At the same time, it connects us to ourselves. How can I direct attention to this context of internal and external feelings/perceptions of my body and develop my technical and artistic potential in this way? How can I react spontaneously and flexibly to my improvised, choreographed suggestions and have fun while dancing? The course by Vienna-based French dancer and teacher Viginie Roy is an invitiation to find a different access point to dance. The participants will change their habits – not just in a technical sense, but also artistically, in order to discover a still unknown or hidden dance. Technique doesn’t serve as a purpose in and of itself, but rather becomes a means of shaping a “legible” movement in dance action in an expanded consciousness and a possibility of accessing a more in-depth way of “writing” dance. The experience of time will be made more intense for us; we dive into our bodies and enable a second, more deep, writing to appear.

Henry Montes
The weight of space

Professionals > 14.30 – 16.30 H
Advanced > 17.00 – 19.00 H
August 1 – 11 
Studio C
In English

Space is an external continuum of our breath supporting how our organs buoy up our structure and how the fluids underlie tone, spontaneity and rhythm. In this workshop, the London-based performer and teacher Henry Montes will explore the notion of how the body moves space, which is different from moving in space or simply through it. How does the body “take space with it” as it moves and make it manifest in its sensitivity to detail and the textures it is creating in movement? This sensitivity requires attention to how we tune into ourselves in exchange with our surroundings. By changing our thinking, we alter what our bodies are capable of. The foundation for this work will be the principles of Alexander Technique; they include how the body is directed in movement, breathing, weight in relation to rebound and how we move in and out of our center. The class will consist of open explorations (sometimes with partner/s), special puzzles and set material. Partner-led work will explore our trust in how we handle and share weight that we can then define in choreographic phrasing.

Hildegard De Vuyst
The mystery of dramaturgy

Professionals > 9.30 – 14.00 H
August 1 – 5
Studio B
In English

There is dramaturgy… and then there are dramaturges. The one doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the other. Dramaturge Hildegard De Vuyst – who has been working with Alain Platel and les ballets C de la B since 1994, Jan Goossens at the Royal Flemish Theatre since 2001 and the Festival De Marseille since 2016 – knows what she is talking about. She is not a great proponent of “dramaturges” as such. On the other hand, every choreography has a dramaturgy, whether or not a dramaturge was involved. Every artistic work that takes place live deals with time; it thus implies a dramaturgic construct. How consciously can we organize time in a choreography or performance? De Vuyst will explore that question in her course. The participants are also invited to bring own material to work on. In addition, the Munich choreographer Moritz Ostruschnjak and his dancers will be present and in the process of creating their latest production.

Quim Bigas
Back to low

Advanced > 14.30 – 16.30 H
August 1  – 5  
Studio B
In English

Floor work is a reliable foundation for understanding the functions of the body. Often the work with spirals, circularity, pressure or bending can be reformulated into a standing movement endeavor. For the sessions, floor work reinforces an active relation to body functions and spatial elements. The Catalan performer, choreographer and lecturer Quim Bigas will mix in his workshop duets, trios and individual work by manipulation approaches and guided tasks. At the end of the classes, there will be time to process, while moving, the specificities of what we have done. This procedure will offer space to see how we coordinate that information with the logic of our own movement.

Quim Bigas
LOW GROUND

Professionals > 17.00 – 19.00 H
August 1 – 5 
Studio B
In English

In this course Catalan Quim Bigas seeks to facilitate an approach towards being low and close to the ground where we can take space and find an active position with our co-bodies. This overall approach hopes to guide each session and open up different lines of activations on the foundation, origin, allowance and constitution of the self. The sessions will mix the physicality and commitment of open and long tasks with more technical aspects of floor work. We will study the relation between the floor and the sense of touch, the supportive aspects of the ground as well as other topics that may surface as we move together.

Stephan Herwig
Contemporary Dance

Advanced > 14.30 – 16.30 H
August 1 – 11 
Studio D
In German/English

The Munich choreographer and dancer Stephan Herwig starts his workshop with a detailed warm up; exercises on the floor and while standing are meant to sensitize and strengthen body consciousness. Sequences then follow that integrate the space as well as expand the participants’ movement potential. In determined and improvised step material, a variety of emphases in dynamics, rhythm, impulses and their respective realization are explored and trained in their organic flow. The participants are invited to explore their physical and creative fields of play and taste the full extent of fun in movement! The workshop is directed towards those who no longer consider themselves complete beginners but aren’t quite ready to join an advanced course (mid-level beginner/advanced).

Bosmat Nossan
Gaga/Dancers

Professionals > 12.00 – 14.00 H
Advanced > 14.30 – 16.30 H
August 1 – 11 
Studio A
In English

Gaga is the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin over the course of many years, parallel to his work as a choreographer and artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company. Gaga originated from Naharin’s need to communicate with his dancers and his curiosity in the ongoing research of movement. Gaga provides a framework for strengthening the body by adding flexibility, stamina, agility and skills including coordination and efficiency while stimulating the senses and imagination. Participants awaken numb areas, increase their awareness of habits and improve their efficiency of movement inside multilayered tasks. The language of Gaga is in a continual process of evolution; the classes vary and develop accordingly. While many instructions are imbued with rich imagery, the research of Gaga is fundamentally physical, insisting on a specific process of embodiment. Inside this shared research, the improvisational nature of the exploration enables each participant’s deeply personal connection with the language.

Please note that the professionals’ workshop is only for professional dancers currently active in the field. In the professionals’ workshop, Bosmat Nossan, former member of the Batsheva Dance Company, will also teach sequences of Naharin’s choreographic work.

Katja Wachter
Contemporary Dance

Beginners > 17.00 – 19.00 H
August 1 – 11
Studio D
In German/English

The Munich dancer and choreographer Katja Wachter constructs her workshop on elements of release technique in combination with movements from daily life. The impulse from various body centers will be explored and bodies observed in isolation and in combinations. The participants can expect intense floor work; there will be various different movement sequences created for individual body areas, and improvisation assignments will be given. The focus of the course lies on dealing with shifting movement qualities, musical interpretation beyond counting beats as well as discovering individual possibilities of expression.

Charlie Morrissey
From the ground up – 
Adventures in Contact Improvisation

All levels > 9.30 – 11.30 H
August 1 – 11
Studio C
In English

In this workshop the British performer and choreographer Charlie Morrissey explores some of the fundamental principles of Contact Improvisation as well as exploring a range of different ways to meet our own bodies. We will work with different rolls; ways of falling and moving into and out of the floor with ease, and with a sense of how the body is always in relation to gravity; different ways of giving and taking weight; following a rolling point of contact; balance and counter-balance; tuning and listening exercises. These classes are about developing our ability to listen in the body and seamlessly integrating that listening in the activity of moving. Together we will tap into our inherent kinesthetic awareness, and the classes will provide structures that offer each person’s own physical intelligence and range an open ground for exploration and integration. The workshop is applicable to, and will work well for people with varying levels of experience of the form.

Charlie Morrissey
A Wider View
Moving, seeing and being seen

Advanced > 12.00 – 14.00 H
August 1 – 11
Studio C
In English

In this workshop Charlie Morrissey will explore relationships between seeing and being seen in motion. It will work from the physical bases of perception to explore how our seeing supports our action and vice versa. We will shift between different ways of working with our senses as we move – seeing, listening and feeling – alone and together with others. We will take time to observe ourselves and other people in action and to explore what we mean by performance. What any of those things might mean to us as individuals? This workshop will use improvisational skills and practices to explore being seen; and to question how we might engage with being seen to support and amplify the substance of our actions. This is an opportunity to dive into an intensive moving and performing practice where the activity of our perceptions and the firing of our imaginations is the material.

Daphne Strothmann
Shadow Yoga

All levels > 17.00 – 19.00 H
August 1 – 11 
Studio A
In German/English

The teaching of the Shadow School is based upon ancient Hatha Yogic texts, which state that all fixed forms should be designed to develop the practice of freestyle. Freestyle is a necessary step in the cultivation of longevity and enlightenment. The texts also suggest that the set forms should contain within them the following bodily positions and movements for the proper development of the vital breath. Standing, pumping, sitting, weighing, lying (face-down, face-up, on sides), forwards, sideways (lateral), backwards, inversion, spiral, turning, twisting – these twelve kinds of positions and movements have been adapted from the range of human activities including martial arts, dance and crafts of life, and from the plant and animal kingdoms. The appropriate combination of these activities with suitable rhythms and positioning brings about the unfolding of inner powers hidden in the individual. Daphne Strothmann, a professional dancer and a Shadow Yoga expert over the course of many years, will focus on the third form, Karrtikkeya Mandala (Garland of Light). At the heart of the practice is a fixed form that then leads to asana (body postures).

Veronica Fischer
beWEGen – Feldenkrais Intensive

All levels > 12.00 – 14.00 H
August 1 – 11
Studio D
In German/English

In „beWEGen®“, the Munich Feldenkrais expert Veronica Fischer has developed somatic physical work that examines and researches the origins of human movement in its evolutionary development. The foundations are the Feldenkrais method and an approach to organic learning. The elementary objective of this approach is to activate unused potential in conscious feeling. After clearing external (visible) movement, in her course Fischer works especially with interior (invisible) movements. This produces an intense stimulation of the fascia network and touches deeper levels of our being. „beWEGen®“ is intelligent body work with the goal of a conscious anchoring in the body (embodiment) and an aware presence in the world.

Chiang-Mei Wang
Tai-Chi Dao-Yin

All levels > 9.30 – 11.30 H
August 1 – 11
Studio D
In German/English

Tai-Chi Dao-Yin’s objective is to harmonize the body’s energy, which is called “Chi” in Chinese. A harmonic circulation of energies is the basic foundation for physical and spiritual health. The spiral, circling movements stretch muscles, sinews and joints. They open up inner spaces, remove barriers and lead to deep relaxation. Tai-Chi Dao-Yin feels like a massage from the inside. Taiwan born choreographer and dance instructor Chiang-Mei Wang reveals a new access to the possibilities in your own body.