Contact Improvisation Workshop w/ Ralf Jaroschinski
14:00 - 06:00
The Kinetic Potential of a Situation
// A 2 Day - Contact Improvisation Workshop with Ralf Jaroschinski //
- somatic warm-up about the layers of the body
- exercises about weight distribution and modification of the quality of the weight
- practicing predetermined pathways (body surf, mid level support, sacrum lift) and improvising with them
- clarification of center, its perception and application in contact improv
- integration of stillnesses into the flow of the dance
14.00-18.00 Saturday 27 Octobre
10.00-14.00 Sunday 28 Octobre
14.30-17.00 Sunday 28 Octobre Open Jam with Guided Warm up
The Kinetic Potential of a Situation
Contact improvisation can be seen as a postmodern technique in which the dance is continuously being inspired by the direct physical connection between two or more bodies. It is characterized through an array of dynamics and qualities and not limited by aesthetics or shape. It is particularly intriguing that the movements aren’t being sourced from our creativity but rather from the physical communication with the partner(s). That’s what prevents this dance from becoming predictable or formulaic, it remains fresh and is actually improvised. And that’s also what these classes are about: We’ll acknowledge the participants’ possibilities, and we’ll try to be fully present in each situation. In addition to that, we’ll work on not letting our imaginations, wishes and ideas get the best of us. The amazing part is that this process of raising our awareness and recognizing the kinetic potential of the bodies’ constellations already comprises the dance. It doesn’t have to be fabricated. And therefore it naturally is meaningful for us and yet surprising. At last, when we allow our dance to spatially express itself, our possibilities multiply evidently, and it’ll be incredibly interesting for us to find out which journey our dance will embark us on.
Born in Southern Germany and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ralf Jaroschinski graduated as a classical and modern dancer from the University of Music, Theater and Media in Hannover, Germany, and then studied several contemporary dance and composition techniques in New York, USA, on a stipend from the German Academic Exchange Service. He discovered contact improvisation for himself in 1994, at first with Daniel Lepkoff, Alito Alessi and later with Brenton Cheng, Martin Keogh and Nancy Stark Smith.. From 1998 until 2002, he directed the dance company of the City Theater of Hildesheim, Germany, and included contact improvisation as integral part of the dancers' training and the creation of his works. He also got commissioned to create choreographies for several European, Asian and American municipal and national ballet companies and dance universities – so far, he has created some 100 dance pieces and improvisation scores.
Facilitating contact improvisation classes and workshops more regularly since 2004, Ralf has taught at numerous festivals, universities, dance schools and studios all over the world. He has trained the dancers of companies such as the German National Ballet Company at the Gärtnerplatz Theater in Munich, "tanzmainz" at the National Theater in Mainz, and the “Tanztheater Braunschweig”, "Carte Blanche" in Bergen, Norway, the Swedish "GöteborgsOperans Danskompani" and "Cullbergbaletten" in Stockholm, the "Bangkok City Ballet" in Thailand, “Frontier Danceland” in Singapore, the Australian “Canberra Dance Theatre”, and the Brazilian Curitiba Guaíra Ballet in contact improvisation.
Price for workshop:
Early Bird CHF 110 (pre Septembre 27)
Student CHF 90 *register via email
Regular CHF 130 (post Septembre 27)
Price for Jam:
CHF 25 - on the day, free for Workshop Participants
Studio: Gravity 9
Badenerstrasse 571a, 8048 Zürich
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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