The closing event of the week: AiEP (IT) presents: Temporaneo Tempobeat / Kuriozoom, after which we will throw a joint party.
The workshop also acts as a SELECTION PROCESS for our next, autumn performance.
The selection will be made by Lóránd Zachár on his classes.
We are looking for male and female dancers!
Please, apply with a photo CV: firstname.lastname@example.org
The event is sponsored by EMMI.
Dance performances and introductory programmes for children
Why do we consider the popularisation of the introductory programmes for schools important?
The artworks and artistic values encountered in early childhood provide formative experiences for children actively participating in these processes. We believe that active play is the best form of learning for children. We also believe that the pupils’ skills can only really unfold in an environment which not only arouses but also holds their interest. One of the basic principles of our activities is that children are autonomous personalities with independent experiences and opinions who must be granted the opportunity to test and shape their value systems in a safe environment in order to become healthy, social-minded members of our society.
Our aim is to show the path towards interpreting dance pieces, and demonstrate the diversity of the genres of stage dance, its historical background and the potential of communication inherent in movements. We also strive to educate people to be open to connecting to related artistic fields by awakening the younger generation’s interest.
How is such an introductory programme structured?
We begin our introductory programme with a 5 to 6-minute flash mob with the aim of catching students’ attention and awaken their curiosity towards the genre and what they have seen. This usually takes place during a longer break in one of the communal areas of the school, and all this requires is a CD player.
The actual introductory session takes place on another occasion, depending on the chosen topic and the possibilities of the school, generally within the context of a physical education lesson, a class discussion lesson, or a Hungarian lesson. The lesson begins with a brief introductory presentation, followed by a short review of dance history and a discussion about this. The introduction ends with a dance session where the students complete interesting and playful tasks which enable them to experience an alternative way of thinking about moving, dance, their bodies, and even their peers. Human relations, the source of joy and experiencing their personalities are focused on.
Contemporary dance course
The material of the course consists of a mixture of techniques. Modern dance movements are interwoven with contemporary elements. The Limón technique breathes together with the Cunningham technique while floor work movements are used combined with yoga exercises. The emphasis is placed on the quality of fluidity and breathing, fragmented movements and speed, strength and flexibility, and skill and consciousness. Based on a form of technical training which builds on ballet and modern dance methodology, we search for the ways in which movement can be developed versatilely. To think in forms, then discard them; to control the body, then let go of it in the next moment; to let the various muscle tones of the body react, exploring nuances, starting from the core. Use of the upper body and its isolated movement is given emphasis. Participants will adopt the essence of the different techniques through warming up and developing exercises which help to stretch the joints and feel and develop the core. At the end of the time spent together, combinations are learnt allowing the process and the joy of moving to permeate the body and, in the end, to simply enjoy the moment. Devotion, joy, consciousness, precision, form, and the release of all of these.
Meditanz is an experimental technique which builds on meditation methods to teach how to transplant a meditative state into dance and how to experience this state in motion. Throughout the course we move the body with the help of different thoughts and states, charging it with energy, and concentrating on the chakras. We focus our attention on the body, searching for the emotions working within us at a given moment, so that, through becoming aware of these, we can discover ourselves and rid ourselves of the worn out, obstructive feelings and forms, and build new patterns instead of them. The method helps in releasing tension and pain, and replenishes our mind with new thoughts. All this is achieved by special movement dynamics and qualities that move our bodies and aura in a different way from that we are used to. We explore ourselves through the expressive physicality of dance and movement.
Contemporary dance based on ballet provides the foundation of this course, in which both release and contact are given a role. We progress from formal towards non-formal movements while the qualities of movement also change. We incorporate everything, allowing ourselves to react to the moment. We use the entire body – and each other’s bodies – in different ways together with the spaces they occupy, and we cast it in a form, even when that form is less tangible and emanates from the quality of the impetus. The workshop starts with warming up, preparing the body, and then exercises are performed in pairs, creating harmony between the two people involved, and the live sculpting of the bodies begins. We play with the spaces between two or more people. Even a single body can provide a lot of space for movements depending on the movement’s extent and amplitude (small, large or medium; directed outwards or inwards) and dynamics (fast, slow, medium; isolated or continuous), the changing of positions and the extent and spatial direction of these (up or down; transitions, weight transference, off-balance positions). The variations are almost innumerable. The direction in which we start off from a given point of departure produces different situations and results in different contacts. Through combining these with dynamic variants, we get different and diverse movements. The moments give rise to new forms, aiding the rapid development of encounters and sculpture formations.
Our course could be ideal for schools or companies as a team-building event or as a complementary programme at art camps. If you would like to host one or more of our workshops at your institution, please contact us.
Zsófia Nemes trains advanced dancers each weekday and these can be joined at any point. The cost of one occasion is HUF 1,000, and the price for a one-month membership is HUF 15,000. Please enquire in advance, as the location of our training sessions constantly changes.