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International Contemporary
Dance Workshop
May 1-4, 2021
Online intensive with dancers of world leading dance companies and teachers of European dance educational centers
10:00 - 11:00
Morning warm-up
Olga Zitluhina
11:20 - 12:50
Technical class
Mate Meszaros
13:00 - 13:30
Audio instructions for your own dance
Manuel Ronda
15:20 - 16:50
Improvisation
Aleksandra Janeva Imfeld
17:00 - 18:30
Technical class
19:30 - 20:30
Evening activities
Dates: May 1-4, 2021
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The broadcasts are in Riga time (+3 GMT)
OPEN class
For everyone, from a beginner level of training
PRO class
For intermediate and advanced level of training
Choose a course to watch the program
10:00 - 11:00
Morning warm-up
Olga Zitluhina
11:10 - 12:40
Technical class
Elena Fokina
13:40 - 15:10
Technical class
Manuel Ronda
15:20 - 16:50
Improvisation
Aleksandra Janeva Imfeld
17:00 - 17:30
Audio instructions for your own dance
19:30 - 20:30
Evening activities
Dates: May 1-4, 2021
Click on the selected class to see the course description
The broadcasts are in Riga time (+3 GMT)
OPEN class
For everyone, from a beginner level of training
PRO class
For intermediate and advanced level of training
Choose a course to watch the program
Payment: 135 euros
The participation fee is non-refundable
Important! Specify the same e-mail in the payment system
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Payment: 145 euros
The participation fee is non-refundable
Important! Specify the same e-mail in the payment system
After clicking the "Pay" button you will be redirected to the WayForPay payment system
Organizers of the project
Dance studio RITMS was established in 2002 by artistic director, choreographer Elina Gaitjukevica. RITMS is based in Riga, capital of Latvia. It offers dance education for children and young dancers ages 3-18.
DK-more culture! - an international organizing team taking the initiative to create, promote and develop educational and performative programs in the framework of modern forms of dance (contemporary dance).
Buchok ART Family / BAF - Creative association working in the direction of contemporary dance.
BAF organizes educational and performative projects, conducts regular intensives, master classes, laboratories on contemporary dance.
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As part of the evening program, teachers will be offered to view dance performances with their participation or their authorship.

After watching the video of the work, we meet on the air with the teacher, and discuss, ask questions, communicate.

A unique opportunity to see works that are not in the public domain and listen to the author / performer of the work.

May 1 | 19:30-20:30
Performance video "On the other side"
Discussion with authors Dmitrijs Gaitjukevics and Elina Gaitjukevica (Latvia)


May 2 | 19:30-20:30
Performance video "Here After" author Wim Vandekeybus
Discussion with performers Elena Fokina (Russia) and Manuel Rondo (Italy)

May 3 | 19:30-20:30
Performance video "Mechanics of Distance"
Discussion with author Mate Meszaros (Hungary)

May 4 | 19:30-20:30
lecture "Latvian Contemporary dance"
Talk with lector Inta Balode (Latvia)

21:30-23:00
Party
Participants receive a 10-15 minute audio recording with instructions for self-completion.

The assignments are created and written down by one of the project teachers.

You follow the voice of the presenter with your eyes closed, wearing headphones. If you want, you can record your dance on video.
Elena Fokina
Russia
Choreographer, teacher, dancer, performer.
Course Description
The class will focus mainly on the connection with one’s own body, with the understanding of its limits, in order to acknowledge how far one is willing or able to go.
Awareness of the skeletal structure, its capability of mobility, its mechanics and directional awareness will help us to explore the space across the floor and through the air.
Calmness always being the starting point. Learning to search for resting points during the use of force, power and strength. Reaching freedom when being locked.
The natural state of expressions will allow us to find our own unique language, which will lead us towards movement material composed into phrases emphasizing the full range of spatial possibilities coming from the floor to reaching the air above.


Biography
Elena Fokina was born in Russia, Moscow region on the 3rd may 1977.
She is a dancer, actress, choreographer and a teacher of contemporary dance.

She followed dance training at the University for Culture and the Russian Academy for Theatrical Arts in Moscow. In 1998 she graduates with a choreographer and teacher degree. From 1997 she starts her dancer and actress career working with the Russian Chamber Ballet Moscow.

In 2001 Elena joins Ultima Vez dance company, directed by Wim Vandekeybus ( Belgium ) for a long collaboration and a variety of productions together. She participates in the Dance films directed by Wim Vandekeybus "Blush" (2004) , "Here After" (2005).

Between 2009 and 2013 she collaborated with director German Jauregui.

From 2015 till 2018 she was working as a dancer and teacher for the Royal Swedish Ballet in Stockholm ( Sweden ) participating in the works of Mats Ek, Sasha Waltz, Olivier Dubois, Sharon Eyal.

Elena is also directing her own works and she is often giving workshops and contemporary dance training worldwide.
In 2016 Elena collaborated with the choreographer Damien Jalet, participating as an actress for the film production "Suspiria", directed by Luca Guadagnino in which she is playing the role of Olga.

Elena is currently living in Genoa/Italy.
Manuel Ronda
Genoa, Italy
Choreographer, teacher, dancer, performer.
Course Description
A special attention will be given to the circular capability of the body and its spherical behaviour, focusing on the spine, concentrating on enhancing the alinement of the skeletal system, awakening the articular system and engaging the muscle structure while reenforcing it.

After a workout across the floor, more articulated and composed rythmical movement vocabulary will be proposed while flowing into space, that will challenge weight shifts, situations out of axis and awareness in reaching and radiating while moving.

Biography
He studied Industrial Design at the University of Architecture of Genoa and then in 1999 at the modern dance theatre school in Amsterdam.

He worked with:
Teatro del Piccione, Genoa
Lindsay Kemp, Rome
Andre Gingras, Amsterdam
Charleroi/Danses Plan-K/ Frederic Flamand, Brussels
UltimaVez/ Wim Vandekeybus, Brussels
RootLessRoot/ Linda Kapetanea& Jozef Frucek, Athens
Angelique Wilkie, Brussels
Elena Fokina, Moscow
Klaus Jurgens, Amsterdam
Seppe Bayens, Brussels
German Jauregui, Brussels
Tasya Krougovykh/ Pussy Riot, Moscow

Manuel lives in Brussels.
Aleksandra Janeva Imfeld
Brussels, Belgium
Teacher, performer, choreographer, author of "Dots" technique
Course Description
THE DOTS
 movement research practice developed by Aleksandra Janeva Imfeld

“The dots” is a method that aims to work as a tool to both acknowledge and avoid the usual organization, rhythm, habits and sequence in our improvisation, and thus resets the body in an unexpected way.
The body will be used as a space and “the dot“ as “the author” inside that empty space. We will be working on exploring simple ideas of changing the focus from our body parts as the once that start the movement, to practicing a very precise “point” placed anywhere within our body which initiates the movement.
Many exercises are used in a way to give/gain trust to making any kind of choice as the exact right time/moment. Not judging anything as a wrong choice, but rather observing the decisions that have been made by now and composing and deciding further in relation to what has just happened.
Triggering the very fast “aller-retour” between the decisions we make for the body and the response and information our body sends back to us and understanding this dialogue is a valuable input for further impulses/actions.


Biography
She graduated from the School for contemporary dance Ana Maletic in Zagreb and studied dance in Bruges and Lier in Belgium.
In 1998 she was a DanceWEB scholarship student in Vienna and in New York she was a scholarship student in The Jennifer Muller Company.
2012 she completed the postgraduate program a.pass (Advanced Performance and Scenography Study) in Brussels in which she developed a method of work "the connector" for collective authorship and is using it within all of her works.

Aleksandra is a close associate of BADco from Zagreb.
She worked with Ismael Ivo ( Deutches national theatre Weimar), Anna Mondini (Staatstheatre Kassel) ,The System Castafiore, Brice Leroux, David Hernandez and many others.
She is one of the co-founders of Nomad Dance Academy and Nomad Dance Academy Croatia.

She is a guest teacher at SNDO – Amsterdam and Dance Academy in Zagreb.
Mate Meszaros
Budapest, Hungary
Teacher, performer, dancer, choreographer.
Course Description
I will teach a stationary dance technique class that can be done in a room, or studio where everybody keeps a "working circle" for themself and distance.
The class is going over the 3 levels of dance ( floor, standing and jumping) In this part we will train elements and phrases of contemporary technique.
For the last part of the class we are going to use an improvisational structure, that I am using in the research of my new creation.
I will show and do as well together with the participants so they will be able to watch and repeat with me.


Biography
2016-2018 Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy/ Contemporary Dance Teacher MA
1995-2001
Hungarian Dance Academy

Work Experience:
2015-freelance dancer, choreographer, teacher
2015- 2009Ultima Vez / Wim Vandekeybus, Belgium
2004-2008 Carte Blanche, The Norwegian Company of Contemporary Dance
2004Lanonima Imperial, Spain
2003-2004 Carte Blanche, The Norwegian Company of Contemporary Dance
1999-2003
Szeged Contemporary Ballet, Hungary

Repertoire by Choreographers :
Ohad Naharin, Wim Vandekeybus, Juronics Tamás, Sharon Eyal, Amanda Miller, Roberto Galvan, Alan Lucien Oyen, Bruno Listopad, Ina Christel Johannessen, Juan Carlos Garcia, Ingun Bjornsgard and others

Teaching experiences:
Since 2004 I have been teaching internationaly in several festivlas and schools.
Summer Intensive/Portugal
Deltebre Dansa/ Spain
Supercell Dance Festival/Australia
IDW/Hungary
Alias Summer Intensive/Canada
Venice Biennale/Italy
Revuelo/Chile
Gdansk International Dance Festival/Poland
Budapest Contemporaty Dance Academy/Hungary
Pécsi Művészeti Iskola/Hungary

Prizes:
1999 The Maria Keresztes Prize, Hungary
2001 Best Male Dancer, 4th National Dance Festival, Hungary
2003 The Zoltan Imre Prize, Hungary
Olga Zitluhina
Riga, Latvia
Choreographer, teacher
Course Description
The awakening of the human body is comparable to a natural sunrise.
In this time of fragmentation and an endless stream of information, I would like to share with you some body / mind practices (Infinity, 5Tibetian, 5 Animal Qigong, Swinging Therapy, Vibrogymnastic, Slapping Therapy, Laughter Therapy).
We will try a little of everyone and every day we will pay a little more attention to one of them through the discourse of my body.
The lesson will allow you to enjoy yourself, the silence and volume of your body, will charge you with energy and confidence for the whole day.

Biography
Olga Zitluhina's artistic life in numbers:

54 years – dancing
42 years – choreographing
42 years – teaching and sharing dance
20 years teaching in the State Ballet school
20 years – the director of contemporary dance department in Latvian academy of culture
10 years as Professor
17 years – the art director of LAIKS DEJOT, contemporary dance festival in Riga, Latvia
20 performances for her own company
3 performances for Latvian National Ballet company
2 performances for break dance company Camelot
56 hours SOLO dancing in 2014

24 years – the official ALIEN
26 countries performed
2 times awarded as best contemporary dance performance in Latvia