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Professional Workshops 2019 – Agitart

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Professional Workshops 2019

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Move throughout the day in a series of workshops based on the individual practice and technique of each of these internationally-renowned artists.

In the evening, as the city becomes alive with movement, enjoy an all-access, exclusive pass to the entire Figueres Es Mou festival.

Whatever your style, there’ll be something for you at Figueres es MOU.

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In this edition we have the experience of:


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GUY NADER

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WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: This workshop is based on a physical and powerful floorwork using movement patterns that involve breathing, speed and release of energy throughout the body to activate the relationship between the centre and limbs.  We will focus on exploring the main laws of physics: cohesion and expansion, elements from the flying low technique. Within this range we will study various ways to roll in all directions “Falling and Rolling”, dropping and lifting smoothly and quickly by keeping a low and strong centre. We will also investigate and focus on understanding the anatomy of the locomotor system, because without this knowledge, it can cause unnecessary loss of energy. In this training we will do special exercises to prepare for this form of physically demanding movement.

BIO: Guy Nader obtains a BA in Theatre from the Institute of Fine Arts in the Lebanese University in Beirut and a diploma from Moveo, physical theater school in Barcelona. He has been granted the DanceWEB Europe scholarship in 2012. He has received several awards including first prize in the International Festival 15 Masdanza in Gran Canaria for his solo created in 2010 WHERE THE THINGS HIDE. He works and collaborates regularly with the dancer and choregrapher Maria Campos with whom has co-created severals works. He has also collaborated with Maqamat Dance Theatre, Bebeto Cidra, Oreet Ashery, Iliacan, Laida Azkona, Roser López Espinosa, Mickael Marso/Décalage Company, among others. Associated artist in La Caldera since 2012 and artist in residence 2014/15 at Graner – Creation Centre in Barcelona.  Alongside his work as choreographer, Guy Nader regularly teaches workshops and classes worldwide at organisations, professional studios and schools such as Henny Jurriëns Stichting, and MTD/ Theatreschool AHK in Amsterdam, 16th Dance & Non Verbal Theatre Festival in San Vincenti in Croatia, Maqamat Dance Theatre Studio in Lebanon, Institut del Teatre/Superior Conservatory for Dance, La Caldera creation centre, Area, Tragant Dansa in Barcelona and Danseu festival in Tarragona, Spain.

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LALI AYGUADÉ

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WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: The objective of the workshop is to learn how to use the floor when moving, emphasizing the work on the feet as a base and a support for the movement; identify where the weight is and where to find the freedom in our movements through phrases and improvisations. Also studying rhythm and voice, we investigate how we can reach a theatrical physicality.

BIO: Lali Ayguadé was born in Barcelona in 1980. She joined the Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona, the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona for dance in 1996 and after a year, decided to train in PARTS (Belgium). In her fourth year, she created the solo “Silence” coached by Wim Vandekeybus. After her training, she joined Publik Eye Company in Denmark, directed at that time by Carmen Mehnert. In 2003, Lali joined the Akram Khan Company as a full time member creating and performing in the productions: “Kaash”, “Ma”, “Bahok” (together with the National Ballet of China), “Vertical Road” and “Confluence” collaborating with Nitin Sawhney and Ricardo Nova. She has worked with Roberto Olivan (Enclave Dance Company) in the production “Homeland” and with Hofesh Shechter in the productions “In your rooms”, “Cult” and “The Art of not looking back”. She also worked with Marcos Morau from La Veronal (Spanish Dance National Award in 2013 as Best Choreographer) in the piece “Portland” and with the contemporary circus company Baró d’Evel with whom she performed “Mazut” and “Besties”. In 2005, Lali choreographed “Twice Read” together with the Slovak dancer and choreographer Anton Lachky (one of the founders of Les Slovaks dance collective). Between 2007 and 2009, she choreographed other small works with the acrobat and clown Joan Ramon Graell (director of Circus Association in Barcelona). In 2012, she created the trio “Little Me” with the Korean dancer Young Jin Kim and Joan Català for the Salmon Festival in Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona; and for the Ramon Llull’s anniversary, she created “Encontre” with Joan Català and Jordi Molina. In 2013, she created two short duets: “Incognito” and “Saba”. In 2015, she created her first full-length work with four performers, “Kokoro”, co-produced by Mercat de les Flors and Temporada. The following year, she co-created “De Camino al Otro” with the acrobat Julian Sicard. Lali is currently working on “iU an Mi” co-produced by Mercat de les Flors, Bolzano Danza Festival and Temporada Alta. In 2010, she was nominated as “Exceptional dancer” for the Critics awards of London, and in 2014 as “Best Creator”. In 2016, she was also nominated as “Best Dancer” for the “Recomana.cat” Critics awards in Barcelona. She starred the short movie “TIMECODE” which was awarded with the Palme d’Or at Festival de Cannes, the Goya Award, the Gaudi Award and was nominated at the Oscars 2016 among others. Lali shares her technique and the investigation linked to her creations around the world through workshops.

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BEN WRIGHT 

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WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Ben Wright will lead a series of workshops to foster a sense of connection, encouragement and investigation. The sessions will provide a space for peer-to-peer conversation and an opportunity for participants to play, improvise, discuss ideas and consider creative threads that might lead to composition.

BIO: Ben is an artistic co-director at Candoco Dance Company and an independent director and choreographer working in contemporary dance, theatre and opera. He trained at Ballet Rambert School and worked as a performer between 1991 and 2006.  He was Associate Artistic Director and choreographer for Skånes Dansteater 2014–2018. His work for the ensemble included four main-stage collaborations with Malmo Opera, one of which The Feeling of Going will have a digital release on the Arthaus Musik label in 2019. In 2008 Ben launched his own company bgroup premiering his his latest work Point Of Echoes in 2017. He’s developed movement for productions at The Royal Opera House, National Theatre Wales, Washington National Opera, Donmar Warehouse, ENO, Glyndebourne, The Metropolitan Opera, Michael Grandage Company, Donmar Warehouse and The Young Vic amongst others.  New projects include A space in the Dark for Black Box Dance Company and The Lost Thing for Candoco and ROH London.

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MAËVA BERTHELOT

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WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Deeply infuenced by her work with Ohad Naharin and Hofesh Shechter, Maëva’s class pushes dancers to seek a better understanding of their own physical expression and abilities through improvisation.  We begin by mentally and physically softening in order to gain self awareness and develop a higher state of consciousness. Using imagery and imagination, dancers will be challenged to explore sensations, energies, textures and musicality. Constantly shifting from a place of total control to a place of letting go, the class instils a dialogue and a balance between controlled and uncontrolled movements, between conscious and unconscious choices, helping dancers break away from ingrained patterns.

BIO: Originally from France, Maëva is a performer, movement director and teacher based in London. Maëva trained at Paris National Superior Conservatoire (CNSM) obtaining her degree in Contemporary Dance (BA) in 2003. As a performer, Maëva has worked with artists and companies such as Emanuel Gat, Wayne McGregor, Ohad Naharin. She most recently spent 6 years as a full time member with Hofesh Shechter Company, touring internationally as a performer and as a teacher but also developing her personal work on the side. She also flled the position of Touring Rehearsal Director for the Shechter II. Maëva now works as an independent Artist and is developing her own research and creative practices in Movement, Photography/Video and Art.

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SAM AMOS

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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.

BIO: 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.

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SANT FERRAN CASTLE- FIGUERES

The professional workshops will be held at the Sant Ferran Castle, the biggest fortress in Europe, where the Figueres es MOU team will transform the spaces and create one indoor and one outdoor studio.

Figueres is the centre of the Alt Empordá region, rich in amazing landscapes, culture and history. It is located 15 kilometres from the Mediterranean Sea, at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains and surrounded by three natural parks. 

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ACCOMMODATION

Shared accommodation in ‘glamping’ tents for five people in the grounds of the emblematic Sant Ferran Castle. 

The campsite will have WC facilities. Shower access will be in a space outside of the Castle. 

The campsite is available from Monday 1st July – Sunday 7th July. The tents include a mattress, sheets, duvet and pillow per person. 

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FOOD

Breakfast and lunch at the Sant Ferran Castle Restaurant from the 2 – 6 July.

The festival will give each participant a 1.5L bottle of water per day.

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EXPERIENCES

Tickets to all the paid activities of the 2019 MOU program and points of interest of the city. Including: 

  • Teatre el Jardí, Tastets Escenics
  • Empordá Museum, Dali Museum, Toy Museum of Catalonia. 
  • Entry to the City Pool
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MERCHANDISE 

MOU 2019 T-shirt and official tote bag.

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OTHER SERVICES

Access to free wifi and points of electricity in the workshop spaces. 

A ‘safe zone’ for valuables at the campsite. 

Special discounts for hotels in Figueres using the code WORKSHOPSMOU2019 – consult the options here. 

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¿SHALL WE DANCE?

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