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Arts and leisure - Dance

Creative movement practices (intermediate/advanced)

Wednesday from 18:45-20:00 h

Natalie Heller

For whom
This module is geared towards participants who have had at least 3 years of movement training. 

This is a creative course which  aims to provide tools for the participant to find their individual artistic voice.  Participants will physically engage with a variety of different somatic practices through guided movement explorations, scores and tasks. They will have the opportunity to embody some of the principles of Body-Mind Centering, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Skinner Releasing Technique, Contact Improvisation and Rolfing. An embodied response to this material leads participants through a creative process.  Each student will be encouraged (and facilitated)  to use the material to find their own artistic voice. 
In this 14- week course students are expected to engage fully in a creative process using embodiment practice as their tool of expression. The outcome will be a short performance piece involving the body (installation, dance, theatre, film and more...) This work will be shared in the medium of an open showing.

Session 1: The use of the spine and its relation to the dancer’s body.
Session 2: The rotational properties of the major joints extending out of the spine (skull, pelvis and shoulders)
Session 3: The relationship between eyes, head, neck and spine.
Session 4: Guided exploration into developmental movement patterns. The use of the floor (resistance, pushing, pulling, levering). 
Session 5: Creative practice/ self exploration 
Session 6: The relationship between feet, pelvis, shoulder girdle and head.
Session 7: Movement exploration into the mechanics of the body (bones, joints, weight).
Session 8: Becoming aware of sensory perception (working without vision).
Session 9: Creative practice/ self exploration 
Session 10: Visual perception and our relation to other (body schema).
Session 11: The use of imagery in dance technique.
Session 12: Creative practice/ informal sharing
Session 13: Group improvisation- crafting space and time through functional    movement.
Session 14: Open showing.

Natalie Heller is a choreographer and dance artist. She has an MA in ‘Creative Practice’ from Trinity Laban and professional training from Dance New Amsterdam (NYC), Movement Research (NYC), Siobhan Davies Studios (London) and Ecole Supérieure de l’Enseignement de la Danse (Montpellier, France). She is interested in body awareness and in helping her students develop energy efficient movement pathways. It was on her exploration of different movement methodologies that she discovered Ashtanga Yoga, Pilates, Thai massage, Body Mind Centering, Contact Improvisation, Alexander Technique, Skinner Releasing, Feldenkrais, Klein Technique and many others. She has been taking movement workshops for over twenty years and has been trained by key players in the field (including Gill Clarke, KJ, Holmes, Malcolm Manning, Eva Karczag and many others). She has been teaching movement techniques since 2006.

More about Natalie: www.natalieheller.com and www.practicingsomatics.com

Please contact info@lakcursussen.nl if you have troubles registering for the courses. You can also give us a call at 071 527 2317 

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