2. 6. 2017

Classical Barre / 09.00 – 9.50 (402)
Participants will get a chance to warm up by classical barre exercises and a short au milieu as a good start for the day.

Jozef Meričko (Slovak Republic)
Jozef Meričko is university teacher with a long career of classical ballet dancer. He was soloist of Ballet Company of The Slovak National Theater, as well as Wiener Volksoper.


WORKSHOP 1 / 10.00 – 12.00 (218)

Axial focus
Workshop is offering various ways how to approach the midline as well as spine from Body – Mind Centering® perspective. Body – Mind Centering® can be perceived as empirical science, which has developed by observing, comparing and recording experience of embodiment of all body systems as well as developmental process. The founder of the BMC® is Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.

Anka Sedlačková (Slovak Republic)
The workshop is led by Mgr. art. Anna Sedlačková, ArtD, teacher of the Dance Department and a Certified BMC® Practitioner. She is a choreographer, performer as well as teacher, performing and teaching in Slovakia and abroad


WORKSHOP 2 / 10.00 – 12.00 (402)

Partnering workshop
Dynamic and powerful dance where we only deal with physicality that defines the essential movements. We go through various combinations to experience power, support, speed, acrobatic movements and the unique feeling of connection.
Our body is the same in every movement, any style, but the possibility to change is essential. We focus on the principle of adaptation during the workshop. We establish a strong body, and focus on timing and sharp reactions towards our partner. The material is based on several different ways of partnering that we learned and on material that we developed together with Nora Horvath during creations and research.

Máté Mészáros (Hungary)
graduated at the Hungarian Dance Academy in 1999. He started his career at the Szeged Contemporary Ballet; and since 2003 he has worked at various European companies as a dancer: Carte Blanche, Lanonima Imperial, Ultima  Vez. Amongst others he worked with Ohad Naharin, Sharon Eyal, Amanda Miller, Myriam Naisy and Wim Vandekeybus. As a choreographer he presents works since 2010.

Nóra Horváth (Hungary)
after her early carrier as an artistic gymnast finished her professional dance studies in Budapest Contemporary Dance School in 2013. As a dancer she has worked with Eléonore Valére Lachky, Máté Mészáros, Csaba Molnár and others and presented her own choreographies as well. She participated workshops at Deltebre, Vienna and P.A.R.T.S. summer workshops. She teaches an original approach to partnering work developed together with Máté Mészáros. video:


WORKSHOP 3 / 14.30 – 16.30 (218)

Polish Contemporary Dance Technique
This class includes teaching the expanded material movement regarding the characteristic features of the Polish Contemporary Dance Technique such as sudden changes in the quality, dynamics, and rhythms as well as using the principle of polycentrism, negation, and opposition in the process of the movement creation in a broadly understood relationship with space, flooror partner.
The classdivides into two phases, the first of which leads to stimulating the senses, imagination and activating the willingness to act by using simple exercises that also contain elements of improvisation. The second, longer phase consists of building a movement combination. The class requires full engagement in the exploration of both physicality and mind. Its goal is not only to acquire the movement material but, through its researching to learn the not common ways of moving by using the principles of the PolishTechnique. The classis a variation of the individual experiences of the teacher.

Janusz Skubaczkowski (Poland)
Contemporary dancer, teacher of contemporary dance technique, choreographer, certified B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga teacher (Introductory II).
Works as Dean of the Dance Theatre Department in Bytom the PWST National Academy of Theatre Arts in Krakow (Poland), where he teaches contemporary dance technique and Polish contemporary dance technique. He graduated from Academy of Physical Education in Cracow in 1994 and from Economical Academy in Cracow in 1996(both master’sdegree).
He got his PhD on „B.K.S. lyengar yoga methods as a tool to improvetraining of dance theatre actor” at PWST NationalAcademy of TheatreArts in Krakow 2008.
As a performer he danced with Students Dance Theater “Kontrast” led by Jacek Tomasik (Cracow 1990 – 1994), Experimental Dance Studio „EST” in Cracowled by Iwona Olszowska (1994 – 1995).
Silesian Dance Theater directed by Jacek Łumiński (Bytom 1995 – 2000) where he dance in productions of Jacek Łumiński as well as other choreographers as Wendell Beavers,  Diane Elshout&Frank Haendeler, Sam Costa, Christine Brunel, Conrad Drzewiecki, Henrietta Horn and Pola Nireńska.
He won the Prize for the best dancer on International Latin Theater Festival Paris 2000.


WORKSHOP 4 / 14.30 – 16.30 (402)

Classic & Contemporary
The team teaching will be focused on the connection of classical ballet and contemporary dance in common understanding of creativity and anatomical clearness for contemporary dancers in education process.
Workshop will be led by Mrs. Marijke Wagner and Mrs. Virginie Roy, 60 minutes classic and 60 minutes contemporary.

Classical Ballet
Aiming for a clear understanding of the functionality of the body as well as developing the artistic quality in dynamic movement: A simple ballet barre followed by some dancy centerpractise…

The contemporary Master Class will investigate various body states through floor work leading to a choreographic phrase. Thus it will allow the dancer/performer to gain a deepening of the quality in his/her choreographic writing.

Marijke Wagner (Austria)
Marijke Wagner studied dance at the Berlin State Ballet School and dance pedagogy at the PaluccaHochschule fürTanz in Dresden.
From 1995-2010 she worked as a solo-dancer for Philip Taylor (Theatre Augsburg as well as Munich State Theatre), Darrel Toulon (Opera Graz), Stephan Thoss (Hannover State Opera) and Reiner Feistel (Landes bühnen Sachsen). Her Repertoire includes as well works by Kristen Cere, Mats Ek, Marco Goecke, Jiri Kylian, Alessandro Pereira and Cayetano Soto.
Until 2013 she was teaching Modern and Contemporary Dance at the Berlin State Ballet and Circus School. Since 2014 she lives and works in Vienna, where she is a professor for Classical Dance at the MUK Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien.

Virginie Roy (Austria)
The French Virginie Roy studied dance at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Lyon and was granted an MA in clinical psychology and a diploma in art therapy at the Université de Paris 8. She worked as a dancer/performer and/or assistant choreographer with ChristineGaigg, Daghda Dance Company, Doris Uhlich, Laurence Levasseur, NoéSoulier, Sabine Glenz, SaskiaHölbling, Yvann Alexandre, as well as the directors Andrea Breth, Jürgen Flimm, Philippe Arlaud and Philipp Harnoncourt. Shelives and works in Vienna, where she is a profesor for contemporary dance at the MUK Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien and teaches at the Sigmund Freud Privatuniversität.

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3. 6. 2017

Classical Barre / 09.00 – 9.50 (402)
Participants will get a chance to warm up by classical barre exercises and a short au milieu as a good start for the day.

Jozef Meričko (Slovak Republic)
Jozef Meričko is university teacher with a long career of classical ballet dancer. He was soloist of Ballet Company of The Slovak National Theater, as well as Wiener Volksoper.


WORKSHOP 5 / 10.00 – 12.00 (218)

Contemporary dance class
The contemporary dance class is inspired by the principles of the Feldenkrais Method and is dealing with the investigation of our habits in dance and movement, paying attention to the specific qualities and elements of dance. By observing, paying attention, finding different way, inviting each participant to ask yourself questions about your dancing habits in different categories, qualities and ways we do move. Starting from the instructions for improvised movement, revising body aliment and awareness of the space, developing to a set dance material, performed in different variations.

Ramona Galkina (Latvia)
teaches different dance and movement disciplines at the Latvian Academy of Culture since 2004. She has been a qualified as a certificated Feldenkrais Method ® practitioner (Feldenkrais International Training Program, Vienna) since 2004 and is actively taking part in various advanced trainings and workshops. Her teaching provides an ongoing source of inspiration with opportunities to investigate her own practice and sees her teaching in a variety of settings. Asa dance teacher, dancer and choreographer she has worked in a contemporary dance field since 1996 and values the alchemy of collaboration that underpins these various roles. As a performer and dancer she has worked at Olga Zitluhina Dance Company (1996-2012).Recently as a dancer and choreographer Ramona is working on different projects at the field of dance and theatre.


WORKSHOP 6 / 10.00 – 12.00 (402)

Back to Harmony
Nature is in balance dynamic and not static. Human body is affected by gravitation and therefore the movement of human body is organized according to its weight centres. Rediscovery and implementation of this natural law within the body primarily harmonizes the movement, allow us to use the full potential and rethink the use of energy (towards efficiency).

Michal Záhora (Czech Republik)
Michal Záhora graduated from the Duncan Conservatory in Prague (2003). Later on, he was a member of the Norweigan National Company Carte Blanche where he participated in the creation of performances by Amanda Miller, Ohad Naharin, Ina Christel Johannessen and others. He was a member of Robert Zappala Company in Italy (2004) and Scottish Dance Theatre (2006-8). As a dancer, he gained exceptional experience by working with several famous companies and choreographers (Paco Decina, David Parsons, Liv Lorent, Adam Benjamin, Janet Smith etc.). In our context, Záhora worked with Jan Kodet (Jade a Danse Macabre) and Eva Blažíčková (artistic-pedagogical project Špalíček by Bohuslav Martinů). Michal is continuously involved in choreographic work.  In the long run, Michal focuses on his own choreographies that he did for example for the NANOHACH company (2005-2016). In the last 11 years, he created seven authorial performances (i.e. Synchonicity, Resonance, Orbis Pictus, Diptych, DEVOID, Pulsar). He was awarded several awards in his field: SAZKA award for new talent in dance, Thalia award by Opera Plus. In 2017 he founded PULSAR association.
Along with choreography and dance, Michal is involved in a systematic artistic education and pedagogy. He taught at London Contemporary Dance School – The Place, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London, the Space – Schottish School of Contemporary Dance (Dundee). From 2008, he leads educational seminars for professional dancers, teachers and young dancers, participants of Czech nationwide events and showcase of dance amateurs and students of Elementary Arts schools. He served as director at the Duncan Centre Conservatory from 2009 to 2013.
He teaches at the Janacek Conservatory in Ostrava (since 2016) and at the Duncan Centre in Prague (since 2017).


WORKSHOP 7 / 14.30 – 16.30 (218)

Making choreography today: moment of emptiness
The workshop is exploration about different approach to redefine the connection between stage space and choreographic texture. To use the dynamic of the body movement to fulfil the space in a way that is your personal statement. Expression of the thoughts trough the body language and dynamic of creation composition. How those components are connected with the everyday leaving and our social and cultural content?
Explore your possibilities, go out of your limits!

Risima Risimkin (Macedonia)
is one of the leading Macedonian choreographers and artistic director of Dance Fest Skopje and Skopje Dance Theater. She received her PhD in the University of “St. Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje, Macedonia on the thesis: “Contemporary dance styles in 20 century – Europe”and her MA from the University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, at the Academy for Music and Dance Art (AMTI) in the section for Choreography, Ballet Directing and Pedagogy and was awarded the title ballet master. In the moment she is also, a professor of the University of ESRA Paris-Skopje-New York in Skopje and artistic director of Skopje Dance Academy (SDA).
Risimkin is the founder of the Interart Centre for Culture (1996), whose activities have helped the development of the Macedonian contemporary dance scene. In the season2012/2013, she was working as Head choreographer of the State Ballet of Antalya, Turkey.
Risimkin is one of the most prolific contemporary Macedonian choreographers-an avant-garde representative in contemporary creation. She has actively represented Macedonia on the international contemporary dance scene with her own performances, which have received excellent reviews both in the country and abroad. Risimkin is the recipient of several awards, including the award for exceptional contribution to the development of culture in the Republic of Macedonia. In 2011 she was awarded as one of Top Ten Women – managers in Macedonia. With her work, Risimkin is in a constant movement in direction of development of contemporary dance in Macedonia.
Risimkin has made more than thirty authorial projects, which established her as one of the most fruitful Macedonian creators in the contemporary dance area. Risimkin has represented Macedonia as a choreographer in Denmark; Germany; Serbia; Bulgaria; Monte Negro; Greece – European Capitol of culture; Portugal, Lisbon – EXPO – National day of Macedonia; Niamey, Niger; Rotterdam, Netherlands, Beijing, China etc. In 2010 she was guest choreographer in the National Ballet of Ljubljana, Slovenia; in 2012 she participated in the Culture Olympiad in London with the choreography for the play Henri, VI of National Theater Bitola, Macedonia, for the Globe to Globe program of Globe Theater, in 2013 she was participating with the Skopje dance Theater performance on ITS festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Her performance Hopemade with National Ballet of Antalya, Turkey has excellent review in Dance Europe magazine. In 2015 and 2016 she was a part of the First (second) International Chinese Summer Camp for contemporary dance and has two different programs guest performance on Meet in Beijing festival in Beijing, China with Skopje Dance Theater. Her last premiere R.E.M. – A dream section was on 30 August, 2016, with Nine Contemporary Dance Company in Beijing, China. The same performance was on European tour in April 2017 in Dance Fest Skopje, Macedonia; Exodos Festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia and De NieuweRegentesTheater in Hague Netherlands.


WORKSHOP 8 / 14.30 – 16.30 (402)

Contemporary Limón
In Contemporary Limón class I combine modern and contemporary dance technique and principles in a way how I teach Modern dance technique at Dance department of Dance and Music Faculty and in the 6th year class (in 8th years dance education) at Dance Conservatory in Prague. I emphasize collaboration with musician.
Class starts with concentration, body awareness (similar to the Feldenkrais method) on floor and in the space, individually or with a partner.
Basic technical exercises on a place and across the floor will proceed to the movement phrases including different levels of space and finish with stretches in dance combinations.

Mgr. Libuše Ovsová
Then she joined Pražský komorní balet,( Prague Chamber Ballet) where she got the chance to perform the most important parts of the original repertoire under the leadership of Pavel Šmok and she was the first interpreter of Trio g-moll, Holoubek and Rossiniada. At PKB she began with her first pedagogical activities in the form of leading some company classes.
From the beginnings of her dance career, LibušeOvsová found deep interest in modern dance, which led her to study pedagogy of modern dance at the dance department of HAMU. There she had the opportunity to cooperate with prof. Ivanka Kubicová, who created Mrs. Ovsová a choreography for the National ballet competition in Košice in 1981 which resulted in third place.
Libuše Ovsová finished her dance career in a dance company of Laterna Magika where she played leading parts in choreographies by J. P. Aviotte (Odysseus, Casanova, Riddles)
Since the year 2000, Mrs. Ovsová is occupied only by pedagogical activities. She started teaching at Taneční centrum Praha (classical dance, repertoire) and then she moved to Konzervatoř hl. m. Prahy (modern dance, repertoire). At the same time she works as a repetitor of Bohemia balet company and she participates in light design of performances.
For twoo years she worked as member of dramaturgy board at Prague Chamber Ballet.
During her career, LibušeOvsová has collaborated on various independent projects both as a performer and pedagogue and she has taught at summer dance schools and courses.
Also she attended a lot of courses and workshops, where she deepened her professional experience (Rotterdam Dansacademie, London Contemporary Dance School, L’été de l’Est, PaluccaSchule Dresden). Twice she took part in Teachers Workshop, focused on Humphrey/ Limón technique, organized by Limón Foundation.
In her present pedagogical activity, she merges the experience of a performer of classical ballet repertoire with the knowledge of modern and contemporary dance.

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4. 6. 2017

WORKSHOP 9 / 10.00 – 12.00 (218)

Slovak Folk Dance
Participants of the workshop will have a chance to learn elementary form of two Slovak folk dances from region Šariš (Krucená and Čardáš from Raslavice) and on the base of it to improvise and use these motives and learned material in dance with a partner.

Stanislav Marišler (Slovak Republic)
Stanislav Marišler is a teacher at the Dance Department of the Academy of performing Arts in Bratislava as well as he is the director of state professional company SĽUK (Slovak Folk Art Collectiv). His focus is on pedagogy of folk dance and choreography. He is teaching workshops specialized to improvisation in folk dance.
As author he created choreographic works for amateurs as well as professional companies Lúčnica, SĽUK, Ondráš). He has been a member of juries of different competitions for choreographers as well as performers.


WORKSHOP 10 / 10.00 – 12.00 (402)

Martha Graham technique
Master class of Martha Graham technique is taught in traditional way. Class starts with warming exercises on the floor, focused on contraction and release as a crucial element of this style. It is followed by dance phrases in standing position and graduates to dance variation across the floor. Aim of the class is introducing the style to those dancers, who don´t have previous experiences as well as give a chance to enjoy it for those, who already have skills in this style. Martha Graham technique is rich and full, it develops strong body and gives space for expressing dancer´s feelings and personality. Its beauty is built on vivid images, that can body create in space which either evoke deepest emotions that a human being can feel or evoke the power of nature and its forces. It is a song of a soul.

Dominika Beňaková (Slovak Republic)
Dominika was born and raised in Slovakia. She started her dance career at the age of 7. First as a ballroom dancer, later on specified in Latin dance. She started competing after training for just a short period and became a member of IDSF (International Dance Sport Federation), where she remained as an active member with many impressive results until 2009. She reached the highest technical class “S“.
After college she changed her professional career path dramatically (she was preparing for a scientific field instead) and enrolled for a new course – University of Drama and Performing Arts in Bratislava. Dominika completed her Bachelors in Dance Interpretation (2009) and Masters in Modern Dance Teaching (2011). She participated in many dance projects during her studies such as Images – the secrets of my bag in Vienna (2010). She worked with actors, as a teacher, choreographer and supervisor for their school performances. She also worked as a teacher and did her Teaching Practice at Comenius University Bratislava, Faculty of Gymnastics and Sports.
Her main field remained Technique of Martha Graham, so her following steps were Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance: Summer Intensive 2010 (6 weeks), Independent Program (2011/2012), and Teacher Training Program, where she graduated as certificated teacher of graham Technique in June 2013. She was offered a position as a teacher of Open classes at Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance but because of her health problems decided to return to Slovakia instead. She was accepted as a full time PhD student (2013) at University of Drama and Performing Arts in Bratislava, writing dissertation thesis in Graham field. As a part of her studies she taught Graham technique at the university, where she successfully graduated in June 2016. After that she became a member of Dance Faculty, where she teaches excerpts from Graham repertory. In January 2017 taught intensive workshops at University in Prague.  She also teaches Graham technique at the Dance Conservatory of Eva Jacz in Bratislava, open classes and workshops in Bralen Dance Theatre, Bratislava.


WORKSHOP 11 / 10.00 – 12.00 (Lab)

Intuitive Landscape  (Slovak Republic)
We will focus on how to create together a dancing landscape using imagination, intuition, spontaneity, inspiration and interactivity.

Marta Poláková
Marta Poláková is university teacher, choreographer and certified movement analyst. Since 1990 she has been an independent choreographer and author of more than twenty choreographic works for various groupings, which have been presented in Slovakia and abroad. The latest choreographic works (Smooth edge, 2009, Heat, 2012, SOLO: Endings / Beginnings, 2013, Sensual Understanding, 2015 (in cooperation with choreographers Juraj Korec and Peter Šavel), A Dance Lesson, 2016 are strongly inspired by Laban’s movement concepts. She published three books Freedom to Discover Dance (2010), Dynamic Body – Contemporary Approach to Body and Movement, I., II. (2013, 2015) and articles in Slovak journal Dance. Since 2008 she is leading Laban Atelier Bratislava – a platform for dance and movement that serves for artistic and educational projects aimed at progressive approaches to the body. She has lectured at universities in USA, Poland and China.


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