In this edition we have the experience of:
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Workshops and review of the first creation of Jamaar Burkmar, Ocean, with festival participants for some performances. The dancers will have to learn a lot of fast-paced material, while at the same time focusing on the musicality and deeper intent of the work. This will be its fifth rework since its creation in 2012.
BIO:This year at Agitart, i’ll be delivering workshops and reworking my first creation Ocean on the participants at the festival for a few performances. Dancers will have to learn a lot of fast paced material, whilst also focusing on musicality and the deeper intention of the work. This will be it’s 5th reworking since it’s creation in 2012.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Together we will spiral in and out of the earth, pass through expansion and cohesion, run, slide, learn how to challenge gravity, how to fall, how to rise, and how to command your body. We will work with efficient pathways to move with speed without forgetting any part of our body. We will command our body with our voice. We will pass through the space with unlimited possibilities in curve transforming the environment of dance. We will be soft, wild and powerfully spontaneous.
BIO: Leila McMillan is an international choreographer, teacher and performer who has worked with artists including David Zambrano, Crystal Pite, and Wendy Houstoun. She curated This Way, That Way (2015) at Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells part of Wild Card, to a Sold Out audience. Her work Family Portrait (2015) has been presented at Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells; Greenwich Dance and Dance4. She was Artist in Residence at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (2017) creating a new work 3 fingers at arms Length, nominated for ‘Outstanding Choreography’ Hong Kong Dance Alliance Awards, and dance film HOOD. Since receiving a place on David Zambrano’s 50 Days Flying Low and Passing Through (2010), Leila is now one of the few internationally certified artists teaching this technique, and has led the development of this approach in the UK. She is guest Lecturer at London Contemporary Dance School and has taught throughout Europe, Middle East, Asia, United States and South America.
SAM & LEWIS
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: TrashDollys are a UK based dance theatre company founded and led by Sam Amos. Sam’s classes are a playful and inclusive environment, suitable for movers from all backgrounds who wish to explore new coordination’s in the body and find greater freedom of movement. With Bboying and Capoeira being at the heart of his practice, there is an emphasis on inversion training and developing techniques which allow us to maintain flow, rhythm, balance and control as we enter new or unorthodox positions. Lewis is a contact improvisation class looking at technical partnering skills and how we integrate these into our practice of contact improvisation and jamming. We will take time to listen through touch and explore weight exchange and support using traditional principles and techniques from contact improvisation and martial arts. This tuning in will serve to enrich our physical communication, resulting in clearer understanding of the intention, direction and energy of the other bodies we encounter in the space. Time will also be given to playing around with inversions and exit options in preparation for the more acrobatic moments. Through improvisational scores we shall then investigate opportunities to find liberation from the form of pure technique and existing patterns into dancing that is more personal, spontaneous, intuitive, and exciting.
Sam Amos: Drawn to non-formal and social dance forms from a young age, Sam Amos discovered a natural ability as a Bboy in 1999. Dedicating a life to developing his own movement language, Sam has honed an instantly recognizable movement style which encompasses the freedom and expressive nature of Bboying, with additional influences from Capoeira. TrashDollys was born in 2013 out of a desire to challenge the creative possibilities of his practice through theatre and film. Today, TrashDollys stand at the forefront of exciting young companies in the UK, and strive to create memorable theatre that combines breath-taking physicality with imaginative story-telling.
Lewis Wilkins: Lewis trained and completed his BA (hons) 1st degree at London Contemporary Dance School. Since graduating in 2009 he has danced with companies and choreographers including; Scottish Dance Theatre, Tom Dale, Jean Abreu, Léa Tirabasso, John Ross, James Wilton, Riccardo Buscarini, and National Theatre for Angels in America, directed by Marianne Elliot. He Has been working with Trashdollys since 2015. Lewis often teaches at London Contemporary Dance School, Rambert School, and for several companies he has previously danced with.
Inspired by Fighting Monkey
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Anna Calsina Forrellad Open workshop Inspired by Fighting Monkeys
An open workshop serves as a basic platform for the Fighting Monkey Practice.
We provide you with an overall introduction to the qualities and ideas
that we have developed over the last 15 years of F.M. research.
Which games do you play to stay young? It is a seminar that serves as a basic platform for further study of the Fighting Monkey Research. We will give you an overall introduction to the qualities and ideas that we have developed over the last 15 years of our F.M. research. It is for dancers, movers, martial artists and people who are interested in human development. You will experience mainly “movement situations”. Irregular training methods to provoke and increase the adaptive value of your behavioral traits and strategic planning. We will work on complex and most of the time improved structures to improve your movement qualities and increase your creative variability. We will help you to understand the underlying principles of human motion and how stress and pressure affects our perception, behaviour and actions and how creatively adaptive you are in complex situations. Foster improvisation, imagination and creativity. The above are vital to problem solving. Which is vital to adaptability, longevity and sustainability. Play games. Expose yourself to difficulties.
BIO:Anna started dancing at a very young age. She studied at the “Institut del Theatre, Barcelona” while pursuing Fine Arts at the University . Based in Brussels, she has been working all around Europe with Roberto Olivan, Lisi Estarás (Les Ballets C de la B), Boris Gibé, Camille Boitel, James Thierré, Lali Ayguadé, Claire Ruffin (solo piece), Murielle Felix (short movies) as well as with her collective “Objectif Pluton” together with Manah Depauw. She has taught in several dance or social circus institutes in Torino, Barcelona, Santiago de Compostela, Rosario, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Takamatsu. Anna got in touch in 2008 with Jozef en Linda’s work. She has since then kept contact with them, withdrawing inspiration from their teaching and learning practices. In February 2017 she started collaborating with them on the last artistic creation “When the dogs assailed their masters” by Rootlessroot and following their evolving practice “Fighting Monkeys”. This experience became to her a meaningful game that goes beyond the body. As in developing the sensitivity to your body and yourself in relation to others, in a given situation. Spreading your awareness, as well as reflect on the feedbacks generated through the practice, motivates the interest in a more primal language body motion.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Gaga is a movement language developed by the Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, director of the prestigious contemporary dance company Batsheva based in Tel Aviv. Gaga teaches us to listen to our body and to work with it in a way that is as versatile, sensitive, delicate, alert, strong, flexible, intelligent and effective as possible. It helps us identify our tendencies when it comes to moving and gives us powerful tools both to interpret and to create movement. Gaga Tunes us with our weaknesses and the sites that perhaps we have more in disuse in our bodies. During the practice we concentrate on the sensations without being seduced by the image that the mirror returns to us, experiencing the sensation of knowing where we are in each moment without the need to see us from outside. We visit personal sites that are beyond the boundaries or barriers created by comfort. We connect with the pleasure that lies within the effort, the passion to move, the madness, our animal instinct, the multidimensional movement and the power of the explosion. The objective is to become aware of the infinite possibilities that our body offers us by placing it within a space of time, opening many doors and freeing our internal passages to become both the highway and the driver of our own movement.
BIO: Official teacher of the movement language of Ohad Naharin · GAGA. Extensive international experience, didactic workshops, intensive courses and classes for dancers since 2008.