RELEASE & SUSAN KLEIN TECHNIQUE
“The dance practice I am deeply involved in holds values that are fundamental and timely; namely readiness, openness, curiosity, embracing individual enquiry, working co operatively to find solutions, creating situations where learning can happen, embracing uncertainty, ambiguity and specificity, and ‘tuning’ ones ‘skills of attention’…”
The series of classes are strongly influenced by the work of Irmgard Bartenieff, Susan Klein, and F.M. Alexander. They begin simply by focusing on our skeletal structure and breath to access the power of the deeper supporting muscles of the body. Concepts and aspects of the body are introduced through pictorial and metaphoric imagery and partner work exploration. Central themes are the skeletal system, handling of weight, the perceptions and the ordination/co-ordination.
Through the experiential knowledge of movement principles, patterning connections in the body and by obtaining an alert and heightened sensory awareness, the work develops into complex movement phrases of high precision and clarity that energize the dancer’s directional use of energy throughout the body.
This method of training centers on kinesthetics rather than aesthetics, in order to re-discover how we move, are moved and how we can develop the capacity for decision making in relation to learned movement material. In brief it is for those who desire movement that has clear intention, is energetically releasing and reveals a deeply connected sense of mind and body.
Zoi will be teaching as part of the first module in Athens during March 2021.
Zoi Dimitriou is a conceptual artist, dancer and choreographer. She launched her artistic career in 2006 with headquarters both in London and Athens. The main aspiration of her work is the exploration of contemporary artistic practice with movement being the organising principal. Her work is invested in inter-disciplinary methodologies and in promoting forms of collaboration that are responsive to the environment and to the conditions of production.
Works include among others: Can You See Me? (2006), Dromi (2007), Limen (2007), Goddesses In Exile (2008), In The Process Of (2009 short version & 2010 full-evening length), Little Creatures (2011), You May! (2012), The Chapter House (2014), Side Effects (2015), Peregrinus (2017), Vanishing Points (2018), and When Pillars Evaporate (2019).
These works have been featured in internationally renowned venues and festivals such as: Fast Forward Festival 4/Onassis Cultural Centre, ROH2, Arnolfini, BE Festival, Lilyan Baylis, The Athens and Epidaurus Festival, The Kalamata International Dance Festival, Operaestate Festival Veneto, Scala di Milano, Europe in Motion Festival, Springloaded/The Place among others, and have brought the choreographer major UK choreography awards like the Robin Howard Foundation Award 2008, the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund Award 2009, the CfC Award 2010 (Choreography for Children) and participation in the European Network Aerowaves.