Intensive with Hugh Stanier
TRANSITIONS, PRECISION & LIGHTNESS
The focus of our practice is physicality. We flow in and out of contact, viewing the dance as a playful dialogue which breathes freely as it develops. Presence and awareness help to expand the horizon of choices and directions, and opens up more possibilities. In our workshops we work both technically – concentrating on building up a functional understanding of underlying physical principles and structures of contact improvisation – and experientially – widening the trust to instincts, impulses and intuition. Also building up an understanding of how our bodies work. How the joints, bones, muscles and skin function to bring clarity and more awareness to movement
The principal themes behind our work are organic, fluid and functional movement. Effortless transitions. Efficiency. Sequentiality. Some of the movement principles and patterns we employ are sourced from release technique, developmental movement patterns and floor-work. The sessions develop slowly from inside to out, ending towards more technical material. We emphasize to begin with individual warm-up, most often from the floor, offering particular principles and tasks. Gradually building up towards standing, visiting different levels from floor to up, using the natural spirals of the body. Material alternates between contact and solo tasks, and also exercises that connect the group as a whole. Creating an open, safe environment to explore.
We focus on cultivating a deeper awareness of listening, breathing, giving, receiving, and timing. Within specific exercises we explore tools that are helpful to work in contact such as; sharing weight, center-to-center, leaning and supporting, rolling point of contact. Also using ideas around momentum, suspension, inertia & falling. To find effortless ways into weight transfers and lifting. Leading and following, falling and spiralling…
Lightness. How do we distribute our weight intelligently, and when do we give weight? How much is enough to feel each other? Fine tuning and subtle precision. We will also work with dance-scores, different structures for improvisation, which allows participants to get into the flow of their own movement, giving time and space to integrate the learnt technique into their dance.
Technique and Poetry.
Structure and Freedom.
Playful Beings in Motion.
I am dancer, dance-teacher, performance-artist and bodyworker made in Finland, but currently based in Berlin, India, and nomadic temporary moments in time and space. From the formal side of my life I have studied in Finland – in Theatre Academy of Finland (TEAK) and Metropolia AMK, graduated from TEAK 2008 as dance- and theatre-teacher (MA). Though – I guess my dearest high-school and university in dance and contact-improvisation has been finnish contact community, where I have learned so much, by sharing the dance and rolling point with the other spiralling beautiful finns…About 15 years I have been teaching contact and dance all around the world, on many internationally acknowledged festivals and retreats, and especially recent years more focused on organising my own workshops, events and festivals. I am one of the organisers of Goa Contact Festival since 8 years, and that has become big part of my life – to live in India, to create platforms and possibilities for cultural exchange, dance and learning – throughout the whole season in Arambol, as I have spent my last 13 winters in India.
Contact Improvisation has been in my life 26 years, so – many kind of chapters I have gone through. More and more I look for lightness and grace in my dance – in the sense of organic, fluid, effortless and integrated movement. I love to find ease and smoothness in my dance, like water would do. Breath plays as well big part in my dancing, brings me naturally into moments of momentum, falling, flying, suspension, swinging, accelerating and bouncing. Other precious topic for me is the spine, never ending story with our head & tail, and the whole dialogue between them. Life-energy flowing through our spiralling, reaching, twisting spines – integrated and synchronised with our breath –
My dance is drawing inspirations from aikido and capoeira – loving all these spirals up & down, and deep understanding about the role of the center in our movement. Developmental movement patterns and flying low for all the lovely floor rolling-sliding-gliding-fun. Bodywork & massage for softening, surrendering and meeting. Listening our whispering fascias. Spicing up the soup with meditation and authentic movement, to look from inside out – to connect with our emotions, intuition and felt sensations.
For me dance is always combination of technique and intuition. Form and freedom. Being and doing. I try to find ways to explore and teach technique by understanding the underlying principles of movement, so that we can stay connected to our dance and expression, and learn in the spirit of exploration. Where our curiosity can stay alive, and we can always find new details on the way.