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Every six weeks, we welcome a different dance artist into the studio to give classes.

Suitable for dance professionals and students, these fast-paced energetic classes (Level 3) will expose you to a variety of dance styles and different approaches to movement.

Join us on Wednesdays, 19.00-20.30. Drop-in places are available.

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Tanztheater - Adrian Look

Wednesdays 18 Sept - 23 Oct 2019

Tanztheater with Adrian Look is back after popular demand.  Adrian teaches a contemporary dance theatre class, inspired by the aesthetic of Pina Bausch and the beautiful strength and artistic expression of Tanztheater. The exercises and sequences in this class are very precise in dynamic, shape and intention. The main goal, however, is to use the technique in order to express an emotional state. The class aims to let go of any unnecessary extras and consequently strives to use conscious and meaningful movements. This class is expressive, strong and artistic and will allow you to visualize your emotional state, let yourself go and experience your art on a deep level best described as “losing yourself in dance”.

Adrian is a freelance dance artist and lecturer for Tanztheater based in London. He is also the artistic director and choreographer of T a n z t h e a t er Adrian Look (TAL), founded in 2014. TAL performed at Sadler’s Wells, Stratford Circus and The Place.  Adrian studied Dance Theatre (Tanztheater) at the Folkwang University in Germany, whose alumni include Pina Bausch, Reinhild Hoffmann and Susanne Linke. After graduation, he was a soloist in the dance theatre company Tanztheater Bielefeld for three years, followed by two years of freelance projects in Germany, Switzerland and the UK. Adrian has worked with several dancers from the Pina Bausch-Tanztheater Wuppertal - Company including Dominique Mercy, Malou Airaudo, Rainer Behr and Stephan Brinkman, and danced in works by Gregor Zöllig, Urs Dietrich, Guilherme Botelho (Alias Company), Simone Sandroni (Deja donné), Giovanni Netzer (Origen Festival) and Rainer Behr (Pina Bausch). Adrian has taught workshops in contemporary dance, ballet, and improvisation for over ten years and has led classes for various professional companies, including Alvin Ailey II, Tanztheater Bielefeld and the Origen Festival in Switzerland. In April 2014, Adrian moved to London and has since taught regular classes and workshops at The Place, Trinity Laban, Chisenhale Dance, Siobhan Davies and Greenwich Dance. Adrian is a lecturer at Morley College and a visiting lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire.

Cost: £70 (£46) Drop in: £12 (£8)

 

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Luke Birch

Wed 30 Oct – 4 Dec 2019

Luke teaches a dynamic released-based class, informed by improvisation and somatic practices. The class will explore fundamental body patterns focused around energising the core of the body, and connecting to the ground with our weight. Usually beginning with improvisation or experiential anatomy, we will then explore set exercises and sequences to develop our bodily organisation and connectivity. As well as technical challenges, a sense of dynamic versatility, a playful questioning, and finding both clarity and spontaneity are encouraged.

Luke began his training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and completed his BA (Hons) at Laban in 2008. In 2009 he joined EDge Dance Company, London Contemporary Dance School (The Place). Luke has performed for H2 Dance, Yael Flexer, Nic Sandiland, Angela Praed, Charles Linehan, Dog Kennel Hill Project, Rosemary Lee (rehearsal director), Punchdrunk, Florence Peake, Rahel Vonmoos and Saffy Setohy. He has also worked on visual art projects with Pablo Bronstein, Martin Creed and Aya Kobayashi for Tate Modern and Tate Britain, and a restaging of Yvonne Rainer’s Trio A and the Mirror City exhibition at The Hayward Gallery. Luke has a passion for teaching and has taught for Greenwich Dance, The Place, Circus Space, Independent Dance, Trinity Laban, Stavanger University (Norway) and Salzburg Academy of Experimental Dance.  Luke is an Associate Lecturer at Surrey University and London Studio Centre.

Cost: £70 (£46) or Drop in £12 (£8)

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Gaga/ People - Natalia Iwaniec

Wednesdays 19 Feb - 25 Mar 2020, 19.00 - 20.30h

After our sell out workshops last year, we are delighted to welcome back Natalia Iwaniec and Gaga/ People. 

Gaga/People classes are taught by dancers who have worked closely with Gaga creator Ohad Naharin. Teachers guide the participants using a series of evocative instructions that build one on top of the other. Rather than copying a particular movement, each participant in the class actively explores these instructions, discovering how he or she can interpret the information and perform the task at hand. Gaga/people classes offer a creative framework for participants to connect to their bodies and imaginations, increase their physical awareness, improve their flexibility and stamina, and experience the pleasure of movement in a welcoming, accepting atmosphere.

Open to people aged 16+, regardless of their background in dance or movement. No previous dance experience is needed.

Participants should wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to dance barefoot or in socks. It is advisable to bring a bottle of water and a towel for use after class.

Natalia was born in Poland and is now a freelance dancer and teacher based in London. As a dancer she has collaborated with choreographers Yasmeen Godder, Iwona Olszowska, Ella Ben-Aharon, Rhiannon Faith and others.  Natalia became a qualified teacher of Gaga in August 2012. Since then she travels all over Europe and Israel to teach Gaga. She is also choreographing and recently created a piece The Link for dance students in STW in Poznan, Poland and FORMal in residency in Scenario Pubblico in Sicily. Natalia is co-founder and member of NaNa Collective that is based in London. Natalia just premiered her solo work Birdland in July during International Dance Week Budapest.

Image credit: Gadi Dagon

 

Cost: £70 (£46) Drop in: £12 (£8)

Please do read through the instructions before coming to class. Latecomers will not be permitted.

Please note there will be no drop in places available if the course is fully booked

Header Image: Adrian Look by Carmen Klammer