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Oct21

Countertechnique® and Practical Anatomy Workshop with Nina Wollny

 Vytis Jankauskas Dance Company presents:
Contemporary Dance Workshops‘13

Countertechnique® and Practical Anatomy Workshop with Nina Wollny (The Netherlands/Australia)

5-9 November 2013  (Tuesday – Saturday)
 
 Countertechnique®: 
Countertechnique® by Anouk van Dijk provides tools for body and mind to deal with the demanding dance practice of the 21st century. It is a movement system to help the dancer think about the dancing body, focusing on the process of incorporating information into action. Within a clear structure of exercises the Countertechnique® class thoroughly prepares the body for rehearsal and performance, enabling dancers to move bigger, more fluidly and more spatially, while becoming stronger and more flexible. Dancers are encouraged to be pro-active in discovering connections and solutions, to be less concerned with judging themselves and to work in a healthy way with regard to body and mind. Countertechnique® makes daily training a valuable investment in the dancer’s own development, as well as interesting personal research.

 
The Countertechnique® class is a contemporary dance technique class. It stretches, coordinates and strengthens the body, making the dancer sweat, build stamina and really move. The class starts with a recurring set of exercises, allowing dancers to investigate the Countertechnique® principles in detail. The second half of the class consists of changing components working towards luscious movement combinations.
For more: http://www.countertechnique.com/  
 
Countertechnique®: 
Countertechnique® by Anouk van Dijk provides tools for body and mind to deal with the demanding dance practice of the 21st century. It is a movement system to help the dancer think about the dancing body, focusing on the process of incorporating information into action. Within a clear structure of exercises the Countertechnique® class thoroughly prepares the body for rehearsal and performance, enabling dancers to move bigger, more fluidly and more spatially, while becoming stronger and more flexible. Dancers are encouraged to be pro-active in discovering connections and solutions, to be less concerned with judging themselves and to work in a healthy way with regard to body and mind. Countertechnique® makes daily training a valuable investment in the dancer’s own development, as well as interesting personal research.
The Countertechnique® class is a contemporary dance technique class. It stretches, coordinates and strengthens the body, making the dancer sweat, build stamina and really move. The class starts with a recurring set of exercises, allowing dancers to investigate the Countertechnique® principles in detail. The second half of the class consists of changing components working towards luscious movement combinations.
For more: http://www.countertechnique.com/ 

Practical anatomy:
In the practical anatomy workshop you will explore different aspects of the human anatomy in theory and on your own body. We will look at the function and location of different parts of the body in theory on a model or image and then connect the information to our own body with some movement exploration tasks or parts of exercises from the Countertechnique class. This workshop is a helpful addition to the Countertechnique class for all levels of dancers. It will help you to work more efficiently in class and prepare your body to find the new physicality offered in a Countertechnique class. It also gives you the time to discuss and process aspects of the
Countertechnique class outside the setting of a technique class with all its exercises and offers a more explorative setting.

Nina Wollny
Nina Wollny studied modern and contemporary dance at the Rotterdam Dance Academy, now Codarts. After her graduation in 2002 she joined the company anoukvandijk dc and worked with the company for 10 years. Currently she is freelancing and still performing in Trust, Protect me and Rausch, the three latest collaborations of Anouk van Dijk and director and playwright Falk Richter. In 2012 she has danced in An Act of Now, Anouk van Dijk’s first work as artistic director of Chunky Move in Melbourne, Australia. Nina has also been involved in the company anoukvandijk dc as repetitor and artistic assistant of Anouk van Dijk. Since 2004 she is a passionate teacher of the Countertechnique and has taught at international festivals, schools and companies around the world. As one of the main teachers Nina Wollny also contributed to the continuous development of Countertechnique and has now reached the level Master Teacher within the Countertechnique Teachers Training program (CTTT).

PRACTICAL DETAILS:

5-9 November, 2013 Vilnius, Arts Printing House, studio III (Siltadarzio str. 6)  

Program (except Saturday):

14:00-15:30 Countertechnique® A level
15:45-16:45 Practical anatomy open level
17:00-18:30 Countertechnique® B level

Saturday:
10:00-11:30 Countertechnique® B level 

11:45-12:45 Practical anatomy open level
13:00-14:30 Countertechnique® A level

Countertechnique A level - designed for professional dancers and dance students.

Countertechnique B level - at least two years of contemporary dance experience.

Practical Anatomy open level - dance experience is not obligatory. 


 
PRICE:

1 course Countertechnique (5 classes) - 40 EUR 

1 course Practical Anatomy (5 classes) - 30 EUR 


2 courses Countertechnique+ Practical Anatomy (10 classes) - 60 EUR

Single class - 10 EUR (only if there are free places available)
 


Registration deadline: October 28, 2013.


Contact person: Veronika Vasiljeva, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , +370 676 00464.

To register, please fill in the registration form and send it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 

Venue: Arts Printing House, Šiltadaržio g. 6, Vilnius


Organiser: Vytis Jankauskas Dance Company
The project is supported by the Culture Support Foundation of the Republic of Lithuania.

 
Sep15

New Dance and CI Workshop with Milan Kozánek (Slovakia)

Milan Kozánek graduated of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (Slovakia). He works as an independent choreographer and teacher. Milan has got many experiences as a teacher in the institutions such as SEAD - Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds (UK), Tanz Quartier Wien and Konservatorium Wien University (Austria), Grotowski Institut in Wroclaw (Poland) and many others. 
Together with his wife Zuna Kozankova, Milan is a co-founder of the Artyci Dance Company. The goal of the company is to combine creative and pedagogical activities. Their current aim is to develop the Art and Education Center Pangea in the Eagle Mountains (Czech Republic). 
Alongside his work in dance, Milan continues to develop his skills and artistic qualities through the study of Chinese and Japanese calligraphy, intuitive archery and through taking part in workshops with Sam Chin, master and co-founder of new martial art form I Liq Chuan.

For more details about Milan and the Artyci Dance Company please visit www.artyci.com.

NEW DANCE

The class is focused on using the natural way of the movement of human body. Understanding the bone structure, movement and energetic centers, perceiving mutual motion relations of the body have become the basis for the whole class that includes floor work, technical exercises, variations and an important last part where one can experience the new knowledge in practice. 
During the class, we will focus on listening to our inborn instincts and learn how to use them in movement, we’ll discover and develop chained reactions that our body offers and we’ll search for new movement possibilities, using the weight of the body and its parts. We will use the floor work, dynamics (as an important part of the movement), impulses, fallings, acceleration and working with the space.

BACK TO THE ROOTS/CONTACT IMPROVISATION

As Milan says, his approach of teaching Contact Improvisation is to look on dance as on a holistic idea. Focusing from the physicality that surrounds us, we will concentrate on the kinesthetic quality of the body, respecting the gravity and letting it pass through all the body parts paying attention to alignment. The aim is to fully involve a student in this process, instead of reducing it to physicality. We will unite this action with emotion, mental process (you do not know) and energy (chi). Milan is looking for the simplest principles and concepts. His interest is that the experiences what the students will receive would be applicable in the other dance forms and even beyond them. 


PRACTICAL DETAILS:
16-20 October, 2013 Vilnius, Arts Printing House, studio III (Siltadarzio str. 6)  
 

Program:

13.00-14.30 New dance A level 

14:45-16:45 Contact improvisation Open level 

17:00-18:30 New dance B level   


 
A level – designed for professional dancers and dance students.

B level – at least one year of dance experience.
open level – dance experience is not obligatory. 
 
PRICE:

1 course New dance (5 classes) – 30 EUR 

1 course Contact improvisation (5 classes) – 35 EUR 
2 courses New dance + CI (10 classes) – 55 EUR 

Single class - 10 EUR (only if there are free places available)
 
Registration deadline: October 7, 2013.
Contact person: Veronika Vasiljeva, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , +370 676 00464.

To register, please fill in the registration form and send it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
Organiser: Vytis Jankauskas Dance Company 
Venue: Arts Printing House, Šiltadaržio g. 6, Vilnius

The project is supported by the Culture Support Foundation of the Republic of Lithuania.
 
Jun06

Contemporary Dance Workshops 2013 - first part

Vytis Jankauskas Dance Company presents:
 
Contemporary Dance Workshops 2013
 
„Puzzle work“ with Anton Lacky (Slovenia/Belgium)
 
on 25-28 June

Our open workshops with guest teachers continue and on June 25-28 2013 be ready for "Puzzle work" with Anton Lachky from Les Slovaks.
 

„Puzzle work“ : Coordination, speed, control, precision.
 
 
Jan27

Call for application!

keðja KLAIPEDA (Lithuania) June 13-16, 2013 

We are happy to announce the application procedure for the artistic program of keðja Klaipeda encounter 2013. More about keðja: www.kedja.net 

keðjaKlaipėda will take place in the unique urban surroundings of Lithuanian major harbor city Klaipeda. Located in the Western region, Klaipėda is the third largest city of the country and has a complex and diverse history. Many different national and cultural influences met here over centuries and created a unique mixture of identities. 

Theme of the keðjaKlaipėda encounter: National Artistic Identity in Dance.
This call is for Nordic- Baltic dance companies or choreographers who have site specific productions. Performances will be presented during all three days of the encounter in the town and surroundings. 
Performances should be adjustable for the different industrial or natural spaces.  
Performance should be prepared and available for touring.

Technical criteria: min length of the work is 20 min, max 40 min. 

Applicants must fill in the application form and send a link to youtube or vimeo.  
Applications must be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it no later than 18th of February, 2013.
Selected productions will be announced no later than 1st of March, 2013.  
After the projects will be selected, final decisions regarding areas will be done together with a creative team of the performance. Detailed photos, DVDs and other specific material of the space will be provided for the groups.
There might be a possibility for the companies to arrive one week before the show and to adjust the performances to the provided space. 
 
 
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With whom

Why

The Contemporary Dance Association was established in 2007 by Lithuanian contemporary dancers and choreographers, who felt the need to organize themselves aiming to represent contemporary dance community and to defend their social and artistic interests.

The mission of the Association is to influence cultural policy in order to ensure and improve working conditions for dancers and choreographers and promote contemporry dance in Lithuania. As one of the main goals the Association seeks international collaboration with cultural institutions, dance organizations and artists.