Five days workshop “Flying Into Gravity Skills” by Cruz Isael Mata at the National Theatre Sarajevo.

Where: National Theatre Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

When: 26.-30. September 2022

Cruz Isael Mata will be a guest teacher for the first time in Bosnia and Herzegovina. His workshop “Flying Into Gravity Skills” is open for all dancers, actors, acrobats, and those who have experience in movement.
All locally and internationally based movers are invited to join the workshop.

From age 17+
Date: 26th – 30th of September
Time: 14:30-17:30
Location: National Theater Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Till age 17
Master Class for Youngsters
Date: 1st of October
Time: 12:00-14:00
Location: National Theater Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Fee: for this year´s edition the workshop is free of charge due to the support by Art Alive Cultural Association, Goethe Institut BiH, & Austrian Cultural Forum.
Places are limited, please register for participation.
Registration: send an e-mail to mentioning your name, birth date, and residence.

Video Link of Cruz Isael Mata´s teaching:
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More events of dance & performans during the same week in Sarajevo:
24. & 25.9. Performance directed by Thomas Steyaert at SARTR theatre

28.9. Panel Discussion “Contemporary Dance in BiH” at the Goethe Institut BiH

Workshop Description:
“Flying Into Gravity Skills” focuses on developing and maintaining the body´s fluent and weightless
movement patterns. Different exercises are exploring the relationship with the floor as well as towards other
people, space, gravity, and towards one’s own mindset while experiencing oneself in the present moment.
The body is being given the opportunity to activate the relationship between the center and the periphery
with the aim of moving more efficient and using the ground as well as the gravity as support. Cruz explores
the principals of recreating movements of daily life and exploring the influences of voice onto the body´s
movement. Figuring out what the body has to say in the moments when it doesn’t move and doesn’t produce
sound is one of the main approaches, which is being achieved through dynamic dance sequences, partnering
work and diverse techniques including Flying Low and Release Technique. Answers are appearing, when we
calm down the mind but open the space for the body to talk.

Cruz Isael Mata was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He started his dance training at the Instituto Superior De
Danza Caracas, Venezuela in 1992 where he studied with Simone Forti, Jeremy Nelson, Julyen Hamilton,
Jennifer Monson, Sasha Waltz, Dominique Mercier and other outstanding artists. He continued his studies
at the Central University of Venezuela, where he followed classes in theatre sciences, fine arts and
philosophy. He toured in Latin America as a soloist and company member. In 2000 he came to Belgium, where
he became a member of the X-Group in P.A.R.T.S., directed by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. Besides his
dance education, he also studied circus techniques at the Ecole Nationale du Cirque – Academie Fratellini,
physical therapy, and psychology in Paris. He danced with several dance companies: Espacio Alterno –
Venezuela, Tim Feldman – Denmark, Michél Noiret Company – Belgium. He collaborated with artists such as
David Zambrano, Roberto Olivan, Nadine Ganase, Virginie Thirion, Josse de Pauw, Maria Clara Villalobos,
Mey-Ling Bisogno, and others. Cruz created the productions „Puzzle“ and „Casa“, which premiered in Paris
in 2005. Since 2010 he has been teaching the company traing and the auditions of Ultima Vez – Wim
Vandekeybus. He has been collaborating with and teaching professional training for outstanding
contemporary dance companies, academies, and at international dance festivals. Among others: Company
Thor, Need Company, Cie Philipe Saire, Lausanne-Switzerland, Royal Dance Conservatorium Antwerpen,
Escuela superior de artes du cirque Lesac, University for Music & Dance Köln – Centre for Contemporary
Dance, Tanzlabor 21 Germany-Frankfurt, La Raffinerie/Charleroi Dance, Feria Música Circus Company, Danza
Contemporanea de Cuba, Compania Nacional de Danza Contemporanea de Venezuela, Summer Intensive,
Performact Portugal, La Factoria, Altrefrontiere Roma, Tic Tac Art Centre, etc. In 2019 Cruz was the
choreographic assistant in the Award winning circus production “La Vrille du Chat” created by the Belgium
acrobatic company “Back Pocket”. During his collaboration with Art Alive, he co-directed and performed
“AMBIENTI & SPACE” at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and won seven awards for being the co-director of
the short film “couch me!”. Cruz Isael has been teaching Flying Low, Acrobatic Dance, Release Technique
and Contact Improvisation in Latin America, Europe, and Asia for more than 22 years. Weniger anzeigen

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Costs for participants: The registration fee is for free this year due to the support by Art Alive Cultural Association and Goethe Institut BiH.

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