Human Moves – Intensive Contemporary Dance Training with Hugh Stanier. Intensive contemporary training and creative practice .:. floorwork, release, improvisation, contact improvisation .:. training the body and developing the creative mind.

Where: Lagos, Portugal

When: 30.09. – 4.10.2019

Deadline for applications: 15.09.2019

This intensive will focus on training the body and developing the creative mind.
.:. THE TRAINING in the morning will be class and workshop based. We will also work with presence and awareness based practices to create a space of deep listening, and an ability to tune-in to the body’s needs and innate abilities.
. Floor work . These classes are built upon Hugh’s own research of dancing with the floor. Drawing on Somatic developmental patterns, release based movement and breakdance techniques. We focus on releasing tension in the body and work with fluidity, rhythm and momentum to find economic and efficient ways in and out of the floor. Leading to Flying through the air and swimming through the floor.
. Improvisation and Contact Improvisation. We will explore some core principles vital to understanding and finding freedom in the body. Exercises will focus on investigations to deepen a physical knowledge of the body in motion with others, building up a functional understanding of the underlying principles and structures of contact improvisation, as well as widening the trust to our instincts, impulses and intuition. Exercises will alternate between contact and solo work to connect to our own body as well as to the group as a whole. Together we create an open, safe space to feel free to discover new ways of moving and being. Playing around ideas of momentum, suspension, inertia, falling and swinging. Slowing down and breathing, allowing time for listening, sensing and sinking deeper into moments and sensations. Fine tuning and subtle precision

.:. CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE in the afternoons will give space for personal explorations around any ideas that you wish to develop. In these sessions you will have space and time to work on your own creative ideas. There will be time to receive feedback. You can collaborate with others or just find ways to more deeply understand how your creative mind likes to function. An opportunity to delve into personal practice without any pressure to produce a finished product.

Hugh Stanier is a contemporary dance artist specializing in Contact Improvisation. He has over 11 years of teaching & performance experience. He began dancing when he was 15, training in Break dance and Contemporary. He went on to train at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, graduating in 2008. Since then he has worked with companies such as 2Faced Dance, Tom Dale, STAN Won’t Dance, and more recently Ultima Vez. He has taught internationally at the Goa Contact Festival, Berlin contact festival and Portugal Contact festival. He has collaborated with Danceworx Delhi on an international 360 degree dance film. He Creates his own work focusing on collaborative improvisation with Musicians. He is also a qualified TMW (Tai Chi Movements for Wellbeing) facilitator. The principles of Tai Chi and Qi Kung underpin his approach to teaching and sharing movement.

How to register: Please send us an email: to register and get further information.

Costs for participants: 195€ /30h (5 days)

AORCA – Associação de Observação, Regeneração e Criação na Actualidade
Rua José D’Abreu Pimenta 338
8600-361 Lagos, Portugal

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