4 Intensives

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Daniela Schwartz & Eckhard Müller : “ The Art of Sharing Weightless Weight ”

In this workshop we will investigate the relation of our body to the "UP" and the "DOWN" in stillness and movement.
We will explore the bone system and its relationship to gravity, as the weight falls through the architecture of the body into the floor, and we project from the ground into the three dimensionality of the space, finding the alignment of each situation. We will investigate the use of the floor, of the architecture of our bodies, of other bodies, the internal/external space, giving our attention to the breath as a tool to invite the active release to happen: into the touch, into the down, into the rising up and into the direction of the movement, all at the same time, supporting each other and the physical communication. Integrating this principles will invite you to be in the present moment, listening to the momentary needs of the bodies moving together, between earth and sky.
Our objective is to offer you tools to find more ease, lightness and freedom in your dance, to be comfortable as mobile underdancer/overdancer while you modulate the weight and tone of your body to open possible ways to relate to someone else.

Eckhard Mueller (Germany/France)

Falling in love with Contact Improvisation in 1988, Eckhard started studying contemporary dance,  including  improvisation and CI at bewegungs-art Freiburg (diploma 93) and with Alito Alessi, David Zambrano, Mark Tompkins, Julyen Hamilton, Martin Keogh, Nancy Stark-Smith, Daniel Lepkoff among many other masters.
Since then, he has been collaborating with various improvisers in research and performance groups to develop his own understanding of “instant composition” as an art form. As a dancer he has worked for choreographers such as Iztok Kovac, Mark Tompkins, David Zambrano. He has been teaching CI since 1994 to professionals of theatres/companies, dance students in academies and non-professionals in dance centres all over the world. For the last 7 years, he has been ‘touring’ in South America, co-teaching with Daniela Schwartz in diverse companies, festivals and institutions. For more than 20 years Eckhard  has been tremendously active to build up  “contact communities” in his home city Freiburg as well as in his new home Strasbourg and supporting others all over the world. He is co-founder of the contactfestival freiburg, a major CI event in Europe. In 2006 he developed SKIN, an interactive performance concept with elements of Contact Improvisation and instant composition. He realized this concept in collaboration with Daniela Schwartz in different cities worldwide, each time with a new group of professional dancers, musicians and videasts.

Daniela Schwartz (Argentina/France)

Dancer, Performer, Improviser and Teacher of Contact Improvisation and Instant Composition since 1998. Graduated in Fine Arts at ESAD, Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg. She has participated in different projects, labs and performances in Cuba, Mexico, USA, Europe and South America. Influenced by Martin Keogh, Danny Lepkoff, Nancy Stark Smith, Mark Tompkins, Andrew Harwood, Julyen Hamilton... She has been invited co teaching with Eckhard Mueller in diverse Companies, Festivals and Institutions in South America.  As a member of the dance theater Cie Dégadézo, she co-created «Cabine d’essayage» ,  «Parlez moi d’amour» and has been teaching at Theater Pôle Sud, EMDS Ecole Municipale de Danse, TNS Teatre National, and CIRA, in Strasbourg. Years of jewelery making, objects, textile and fashion studies, video creation, installations, performances, and the different artistic aspects of «the body» informed her physical practice and her intellectual research, questioning the idea of «the human being separated form the world». Lately she assisted Eckhard Mueller to develop SKIN, an interdisciplinary and interactive performance project and realized in many cities worldwide.

David Lakain : “ The Theater or Being an Artist and a Con Artist ”

Standing at the threshold between
presence and performance exploring the
convergences of vulnerability,
transparency, intimacy, liminality and
mystery demands an experimental
somatic approach to re-awakening both
the thinking body and the moving
thought, thereby revealing the
re-emergence potential for ranting
Provacateurs and visionary Tricksters.

David Lakain

David Lakein (Berlin/Chicago) is an interdisciplinary artist, choreographer-director, performer, educator, organizer-curator and writer, whose work swirls around the borders between dance, theater, cabaret, installation and performance art. He has over twenty years experience with physical, performing and performance arts, and with somatic movement arts (body-mind-centering, alexander technique, etc), martial arts (aikido, qi gong, etc) and meditation practices. He collaborates extensively with other artists, and performs-researches-teaches across the globe in diverse venues, festivals and schools. | Known for his inquisitive nature, Lakein is a well-respected teacher dedicated to his students and a rigorous learning process. Whether facilitating students in workshops and performance projects or bringing artists together in laboratories or festivals, he is committed to research as a creative act and dialogue as a transformational encounter. | Lakein studied philosophy and literature, and acting and directing in the United States, trained as a dancer and performer in Berlin and Amsterdam, and studied visual arts in Chicago; he holds a BA from Wesleyan University, a BFA from the School for New Dance Development | Amsterdam School for the Arts, and an MFA in Studio Arts from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. | www.lakeinworkshops.wordpress.com


Ingo Reulecke: “Playful Contemporary Dance Technique into Performance”

We will start with a focus on training, (primarily drawing on principles from Susan Klein Method and the Alexander Technique) to work towards creating an awakened body which is holistically available for movements in all possible dimensions. With this basis we will experience space in all its different dimensions, and time in all its different dynamics.

We will work with a combination of both improvisation exercises and fixed movement phrases. Along the process we will integrate CI-related partner work, as well as simple choreographic and performance ideas.

Playing with these guidelines will generate a greater clarity in space and time. All this will enrich solo performance making it more pleasureable and will create a wealth of nuances when improvising with a partner or a bigger group. From that standpoint we will then go into more performative tasks focussing on the idea of seeing and being seen.

Ingo Reulecke

After a contemporary dance and choreography education I worked as a dancer in pieces that I created and performed in projects with different choreographers. I also created many solos and group dance productions by myself.

While I was working with set material I started to become more interested in the field of improvisation. For me improvisation is a more creative and vivid way of expression, as it involves being in the moment.

With my opening towards 'real time composition' I found more possibilities and interests within me. Well known boundaries seemed to vanish or at least move further away. For example, a wide range of diverse performance spaces/venues besides theatres and black boxes started to open up. Even  outdoor spaces became a possibility, which was particularly interesting considering that dance happens mostly indoors in the western world. Furthermore, there is the direct reaction towards a space or many other kinds of stimuli which generate site-specific compositions.

Instant composition seems to me a real metaphor of life. Freeing up diverse ways of moving in all kinds of directions enabled me to find my own movement language/vocabulary more and more. But also other forms of expression like talking and even making sounds became available.

In this kind of creative experience, age or other obstacles and issues become completely irrelevant. The exchange and work in rehearsals, jams or performances with artists of all sorts seems to me an incredibly rich creative process. Last but not least, as an audience member, it is absolutely fascinating for me how experienced performers are able to create moment to moment.

Kabiro Scheller & Daniel Werner : "Liquid Gravity – Center into Flow & Contact-Skills" - from water to land

In this intensive we will explore our inner states of motion in water (in a swimmingpool), on earth and in space.
We will focus on different qualities in our body and our presence takes us deeper into our own movement and the contact dance with others.
What is moving me? The liquid quality of water & blood... stabilty of the bones... release of the muscles... the heartbeat... the breath... the soul... the moment of improvisation in this unique meeting??

The quality of water will remind us about the fluids in our body and supports us in the experience to “be carried” in an ocean of abundant movement possibilities.
Then on land, how does this quality feel like in a effortless contact dance...?
Furthermore we explore how fascia as an internal elastic network builds a bridge for the transition from water to land

And through more body awareness & relaxation in bodywork and basic contact-principles we invite you to find new movement possibilities & pathways to enrichen your contact-dance.

Daniel Werner

Daniel Werner studied Dance, Contact Improvisation, Body-Mind Centering and other Somatic Methods and Practises with various teachers, and works internationally in this field since ´97 as a dancer, teacher and director. He graduated in contemporary dance at the North Karelia College in Finland. Furthermore he is a teacher for Qigong and Tai Chi in the line of Master Mantak Chia.

Also he is involved in the following projects: 


Kabiro Eva Scheller

Kabiro Eva Scheller is dancing contac timprovisation since 1994 with a lot of different teachers from USA.
She is teaching contact & dance-improvisation since 2001, Hawaiian bodywork and body awareness.
She also acts as a festival organizer & initiator of the Oster-Impro-Festival & the Healing Heart Festival (both in Germans) & the Aloha Travel Festival (Hawaii).
She is a full-hearted dancer, body worker, teacher and counsellor.


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