This workshop focuses mainly on the dancer’s relationship with the floor. The class utilizes simple movement patterns that involve breathing, speed and the release of energy throughout the body in order to activate the relationship between the center and the joints, moving in and out of the ground more efficiently by maintaining a centered state. There is a focus on the skeletal structure that will help improve the dancers physical perception and alertness. The class includes partnering work and movement phrases, which explore the primary laws of physics: cohesion and expansion. The class begins in stillness and students are asked to read their body in a standing position. They are urged to connect their entire bodies with the environment: the air, floor, and the energy of others, forming an interconnection by just standing. When one is standing, the whole room is standing with one. When one is moving, the whole room is moving with one. The image of the body constantly spiraling, whether running, dancing, walking dancing or standing dancing is the main practice during the whole class. Working with spirals help the dancers go into the floor and out of the floor with ease, and also help the dancers to see themselves and the room from all sides. The spirals propel the class all over the room, both on the ground and upright. This is the flying low technique.
In the making of movement compositions, David Zambrano focuses on creating and developing the dynamics for complex systems to present leadership in the form of a group web. In science, cells do not need a protein leader to create life. Neither does the brain need one protein leader to create a thought. With this in mind, Zambrano thinks that movement needs no leader in creation. The “passing through” takes students through various exercises to manifest that same philosophy. The group will create dynamics that will be flexible, complex, getting the group to fit tight together, yet always keeping doors open for the unexpected. The group moves constantly, transforming the environment of the dance. After taking part in the “passing through” the student will learn to instantly connect with their environment and become more spontaneous in the making of choices as an improviser, choreographer or dancing in someone else’s work.Zambrano uses three main exercises to complete this training. Under, over and around enables the student to make instantaneous creative choices as well as increases flexibility in both the mind and body. It is a very physical game that requires a lot of endurance in which the full body of the student goes under, over and around the bodies of other students. Zambrano allows no time to take to make a plan, therefore the student learns the choosing and doing as one. By the end, dancers will dissolve into other dancers as one with the environment. With leading and following, the students use their bodies to constantly exchange the roles of leader and follower. They do so unprompted, according to their instantaneous individual needs. The student must focus on either leading or following, how and when to make the choice to change, and how to control their body while doing so. An image that Zambrano uses is to lead and follow as balls of light, where there is non specific gender and non specific front of the body. The student can never get lost because they are constantly leading or following. From an outside vantage point, the group give the appearance that it is moving without a leader or a follower while truthfully, everyone is leading and/or following. The workshop culminates when Zambrano asks the students to see the room full of pathways – infinite system of curved pathways in a finite environment passing through the walls, the floor, even the bodies. These pathways go in any direction and are filled with curves, large, medium and small curves. When any student moves, he/she becomes a pathway. Thus the “passing through” is created into a spontaneous composition. When the group becomes one mind, it can never get lost. The whole group is constantly traveling, weaving their bodies inside and out of their classmates and still always aware of the environment around them.
For over 25 years, David Zambrano has been a monumental figure in the international dance community, and his passion for cultural exchange continues to influence his work. Living and working in Amsterdam and teaching/performing internationally, Zambrano is an ambassador and liaison across many borders, bringing together artists from all over the planet for his projects. An inspiring teacher, thrilling performer, and innovative choreographer, Zambrano has contributed generously to the field of dance in ways that have influenced many and impacted the dance world from several angles. His development of the Flying Low and Passing Through techniques are among his recent innovations that have helped to lead improvisational dance into an exciting future. Many of his projects have continuously influenced Zambrano’s pedagogic methods, keeping them fresh and interesting forthe students from around the globe. He was recently awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship 2010.
Milan Herich, age 28, started his first dance steps in traditional children dance company Dumbier in Slovakia where he stayed for 12 years. Dancer, who graduated Conservatory J.L.Bella in Banska Bystrica-Slovakia 2000. During the studies he collaborated with Zuzana Hajkova in several pieces. After having finished school he has been continuing to work in a proffesional dance company “ Dance Studio” lead by Z.Hajkova. In 2001/2002 he studied at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Bratislava. Since september 2002 he joined the school P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels for 2 years and in 2005 he joined a company of Wim Vandekeybus for a creation “Puur”. In 2007 he joined the project of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for a creation “Myth”. In 2007 Milan and his other 4 best friends built their own company, the ‘Les Slovaks’ dance collective for a creation “Opening Night” and in 2009 premiered in another performance: “Journey Home”. Since 2000 Milan assists D.Zambrano’s classes, workshops and he is permanently collaborating in Zambrano’s work: 12 Flies Went Out At Noon, 3 flies went out at noon, Rabbit Project, Soul Project, Holes, and more recently “A Solo For Mr.Folk”
Time: 10 am to 4pm