This Summer I am happy to be invited by Crea in Amsterdam to give a 5 days course of Dance Improvisation
In this week you will expand your movement vocabulary. This course will help you to learn how to improvise and to create together with a group an improvised dance piece. You will start with recognizing your movement patterns and expand them, work on choreographic elements, yet learn how to keep them free. You will enhance your presence as a dance improviser on stage.
Places are limited and registration is needed through Crea website –
For further questions you can send a mail to Sadhana.firstname.lastname@example.org
Dance Improvisation’s main aspect is about awareness to ones body, mind, emotion and motion, movement in space and with partners – we will learn how to expand our awareness more and more, breaking our patterns and going beyond them.
Abilities You will gain from these Course:
* – A better understanding of your body potential movement.
* – Increasing the “Body’s Intelligence” for information from within and from outside.
* – Understanding the body language of yourself and other dancers.
* – Changing and evolving your movement patterns.
* – CREATING A DANCE IMPROVISATION PIECE / INSTANT COMPOSITION
– YOU ARE ALL DANCERS, YOU JUST DON’T KNOW IT YET.
What is Dance Improvisation?
Dance improvisation is a complete and full world of exploration of the body, and your creativity in dance. It allows us to go into the body, talk and express ourselves in a non verbal way and find new ways to relate to other people, to our inner wishes and also to time, space and movement on stage. It can be enjoyed by anyone who wish to find the dancer within. In its highest level, Dance Improvisation is a delicate art, a meditation, a joy and a beautiful way to explore your true self and share it with other people.
All levels are welcome
Wear easy, comfortable clothes in which you can move freely.
Every week ends with presentations on Friday evening at 7 pm, where each course will show what they worked on that week. On Monday evening and Wednesday afternoon there will be a side programme.
5 days intensive Contact workshop – 13-17 August – in Amsterdam
From Reactions to Repsonds
From Fear of Falling to Free Form Flying
As soon as the floor runs towards you, or you run/fall towards the floor ,your body’s reflexes kick in, your muscles tension rise and you embrace yourself for the impact.
Tension rises not from falling but from the fear of it. In this intensive workshop we will learn to see, feel, experience this and go beyond the fear of falling into a different place.
Once the body learns to go beyond this reaction a numerous pathways opens up, and the way to higher levels of dancing is opened – dancing with and over your partner, sliding on and off a body in different heights, and flying higher.
When the fear of falling is gone the joy of flying can be experienced, and with that comes the free form dancing of Contact Improvisation.
In this workshop we will experience and explore how we can learn to override our reactions into a freeform, dancing and extending it into flying.
By the end of the workshop we will see how we will be flying on a partner in a safe way, and how to feel secure and to ride this flow even in a less secure situation, which in the past might have brought our reflexes and reactions to burst out.
In the first two days of this intensive workshop we will practice and investigate how to increase our physical abilities in Contact Improvisation – Sharing weight, different pathways, lifting and flying.
We will learn to be light as a feather and to land quietly on the floor, we will learn to use our entire body – muscles, bones, joints and connective tissue in order to achieve this not so easy task.
This workshop is intended for all levels practitioners of Contact Improvisation from beginners to very experienced practitioners.
Places are limited and registration is required –
(In the last 4 years we were fully booked weeks in advance, so if you wish to join be sure to send us a mail soon)
To register send a mail to email@example.com
Monday 13.8 till Thursday 16.8 – (10:30 till 17:00 with a break of 1.5 hours).
Friday 17.8 (11:00-15:00 and after that ending the workshop into an open jam)
To register send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
215 Euro – fully waged.
(Early bird – before 13.7 – 195 Euro)
185 Euro – for Students, Students of Sadhana Dance (who has a 10 lessons), low waged, and people who arrive from abroad. (Early bird before 13.7 – 165 Euro)
The price includes – workshops, jam, tea and refreshments.
(It does not include meals and lodging).
Place: Studio Vredenburg, Vredenburgersteeg 31-35
1012 DZ Amsterdam.
In the workshop we will address as well the following 4 concepts –
Tension, Intention, Attention, Extension
Tension – How does our body move? what mechanism and physical forces drive our muscles? and how can we play with the tonus of our body? what intention do we give to our muscles and movement and how does it change it.
Intention – Our will to move, direction chosen, speed decided. Our intention is the driving force for movement manifestation in the body, yet how much of it are we aware of at any specific time and how much is “just” a reflex, or a pattern that the body has acquired over the years without giving it the proper attention.
Attention – Finding the gap between Intention to Tension, the moment where our will become physical body movement. By adding awareness to our will we can create attentive movement that is not merely a reflex to an outside signal. Our attention can go inside the body, to our partner and even far into the extended surroundings.
Extension – Spreading the limbs to the far ends of the Kinesphere, and our movement to the far end of space. Extension is one of the most used qualities in Contact Improvisation, we use it when we reach high over our partner, or when we reach down towards the ground. Despite the strong physical movement to the far edges of our body’s kinesphere, when a “full and true” extension is being made we try to stay with the minimum amount of tension in our body as possible.
Learning how to do that requires all of our attention and intention.
In this introduction workshop we will explore and go into a journey – weaving two modalities: vocal & voice work with movement & dance.
The workshop will allow you to connect to your movement and your voice, to realize how they are connected and to manifest and embody them in a new way. We will work individually with partners and in group, a sound scape can be created and an inner voice can be found.
It is an exploration into the natural flow inside the temple of the body, leading us to the organic relationship of breath, voice, movement and our body.
This introduction workshop stands by itself and is also a taste of what we will create in our 6 day retreat in Menorca that will happen in the summer.
So if you are curious to see what you can create when combining your voice & movement, make sure to inscribe, as places are limited and registration is required by sending a mail to – Sadhana.email@example.com
The workshop will be facilitated by two artists and teachers that have specialized in their field and now combine their knowledge to lead and share it on a new level.
is an explorer of voice-body-movement. Teacher/Therapist in the method of voice & movement integration, an improvisational vocal artist, Musician (singer, player) and a curios mover.
is a Dancer, movement teacher and holds a M.A in Dance Movement therapy. Tom teaches in Europe for the last 10 years and specialize in Dance Improvisation, Contact Improvisation and instant composition.
Date & Time: 28.4.2018 – 18:00-22:00
Place: Studio Singel, Eerste Nassaustraat 7, Amsterdam.
Payment: 35 Euro.
Number of places is limited and registration is required by sending a mail to Sadhana.firstname.lastname@example.org
In this workshop we will address the subject of trusting our body, our skin, center and improvising the dance into the unknown.
In Contact Improvisation we stay in the moment and decide in an instant where we go, where our body will move and how we react to our partner’s choices and dance.
We will playing, and researching how much we can let go of planning and go into a place of trust that whatever we do now is exactly what the dance needs.
After the class there will be a jam of two hours where we can continue our dance.
The class is 15 Euro and it includes as well the jam.
Place – zaal 100, De Wittenstraat 100, Amsterdam.
See you on the dance floor and we keep on dancing 🙂
Where our balance is beyond off-balance and we have commited to a pathway and movement.
This recognition can help the dancer save him/herself from danger, and to realize what you can do and until which point your movement is relaxed and aware and from which point you will be at the mercy of gravity and the floor.
This workshop is for beginners and advanced contact dancers, all is welcome to join.
Time – 14:00-16:00 Class and after that a free Jam to the participants of the workshop (16:00-18:00)
Cost – 15 Euro (Including the jam)
Place – Zaal 100, Wittenstraat 100, Amsterdam.
Developing your inner witness – from Authentic Movement to Authentic Contact
In this workshop we will take a closer look into Authentic Movement in Dance and Contact.
In the first part we will go into a journey of inner perception, to see without judgment and to move from the unconscious and from our own feelings and sensations, we will be sharing our experience between the dancer and the witness.
In the second part of the workshop we will continue from our own personal dance and go into a shared dance together, in space and in contact developing the inner witness and the outer one, sharing the dance while being authentic to whatever is happening in the here and now, between two bodies and two personalities moving together.
This workshop is for everybody who wishes to explore more their own movement and witnessing abilities, people who wish to feel the authentic way of their own inner and outer movement.
Limited places available and registration is required by sending a mail to – Sadhana.email@example.com or
Address – Studio 19, Plan B, Hurksestraat 19 te Eindhoven
Time – 10:30-17:30 (incl. tea, fruit and some healthy snacks)
investment -75 euro, (early bird 60,00 before 1 December)