Contemporary Dance/Ballet

Laura Arend

Festival

Dance Festival Malta 2022

Workshop Dates

29 July 2022, Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm | 30 July 2022, Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Venue

The Dance Workshop, 1 Triq San Lawrenz, Tal-Pietà, Malta

Class Description

A regular training of the dancer halfway between an ancestral practice, yoga and an improvisation course inspired by the gaga technique.


The two elements that characterize this technique are the pleasure of physical development and self-knowledge.


The search for our deepest self is placed at the heart of the work. Knowing one's physical capacities, one's capacities as a performer, one's creative capacities, but also being in direct contact with one's soul, one's mind, one's heart. In classical dance, contemporary dance, flamenco... the honesty of a dancer is the essence of a performance. We assume that this search for honesty must begin in the studio.


Each session begins with a moment of calm. Taking the time to cut yourself off from the world to refocus on yourself. Not out of self-centeredness but out of necessity. Make yourself better to make the world better. The sessions start with meditation and are followed by one or two pranayama exercises that allow the control of the breath, it can awaken us to wisdom, joy and compassion.

After a body awakening through sun salutations, dancers are led to engage their sensitivity and creativity through an intense body search. Improvisation is the best tool for dancers to get to know themselves as performers, to rediscover themselves and develop their creativity. Today, most choreographers are looking for performers and not just executors. It is important to note that this phase includes technical exercises: plier, dégagé, adage...


At this point, the dancers are also made aware of others, of the space that surrounds them, of the world that lies before them.


Just like a classical yoga practice, the class ends as it began with a meditation session to focus on the rest of the day.


A time of exchange between participants usually marks the last minutes of the class. It is important to be able to put words to the sensations experienced and to share this in common.


Level Description:

  • Recommended to dancers with both ballet and contemporary dance experience (minimum 3 years).

  • Building exercises to longer allegro and travelling phrases.

  • Increase your muscular strength, balance and stamina.


Session 1

Date: 29/07/2022

Time: 10AM – 12PM

Studio 1


Session 2

Date: 30/07/2022

Time: 2PM – 5PM

Studio 2

This event follows all current Covid-19 regulations.

The Festival cannot be held responsible or liable for any injury to yourself, or damage to any personal property that may occur when taking part in any classes.

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