Intensive Workshop Lead By Elita Cannata – Countertechnique

Where: Sala de Ensaios do Teatro Rivoli, Porto (Rua do Bonjardim 143), Portugal

When: 18th – 21st June 2019 (from 9:30 am to 15 pm)

Deadline for applications: 17th of June

Developed by Anouk van Dijk, Countertechnique® 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 stretches, coordinates and strengthens the body, making the dancer sweat, build stamina and really move. It enables big and fluid movement, while making one strong and flexible.
The consistent use of the directions and counter directions in all movements is key to the technique; both the awareness and application of this principle is trained throughout the Countertechnique® class. Dancers are introduced step-by-step to the various tools – making sure, however, that the priority always lies with experiencing and enjoying the difference in moving, rather than first having to understand the tools intellectually. Dancers are encouraged to be pro-active in discovering connections and solutions.
The workshop will be organized in three different section : it will start with the Countertechnique® class, consisting on a recurring set of exercises that allow the dancers to investigate the Countertechnique® principles in detail. The second half of the class consists of changing components working towards luscious movement combinations. The third part will investigate on a deeper level the tools, principles and components of the technique through games, improvisation, theory, building new material…and of course fun!

Born in Italy, Elita Cannata (1985) is currently based in Amsterdam. She has studied Countertechnique since 2005 and performed for anoukvandijk dc in 2007 and 2008. She attended her first Countertechnique Teacher Training (CTTT) program in 2014 and, with the support of the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, returned to the CTTT in 2018 and progressed to the level of Senior Teacher.
Elita Cannata graduated with a Bachelor of Dance in 2007 at Rotterdam Dance Academy / Codarts in the Netherlands and in 2011 got her MA in Theories of Performing Arts at the Università degli Studi in Bologna. During and after her graduation she performed for José Navas, Megumi Nakamura, anoukvandijk dc, Cathy Sharp Ensemble, Compagnia Tpo & Tom Dale, Tan Temel, Samuele Cardini, Itzik Galili, Lynsey Peisinger, David Middendorp,
and Fabrizio Favale among others. Next to her dance and teaching career, she also works for several dance companies in the Netherlands as a Rehearsal Director.

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Costs for participants:
150€ until 31st of May 190€ from 1st of June 220€ + Francesco Scavetta’s Workshop ( until 1st of June 300 from 1st of June

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