Countertechnique is a movement system to help the dancer think about the dancing body, focusing on the process of incorporating information into action. Dancers are invited to be proactive in discovering connections and solutions, to be less concerned with judging themselves and to just enjoy the ride of dancing through space.
We will start the class by having a closer look into information about a body part or a function of the human body. Everybody will get some time to relate this information to their own bodies through different tasks and movement explorations. This is followed by a recurring set of exercises to give the dancers the chance to continue the exploration in set movements step by step introducing the elements of a movement combination.
At the end we will ride this combo that travels through all layers of space upright, turning, spiraled, rising, low or upside down.
Riding the forces of the universe like they are the waves in the ocean
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Nina Wollny studied modern and contemporary dance at the Rotterdam Dance Academy, Codarts, in the Netherlands. After her graduation in 2002 she joined the company Anoukvandijk dc and has worked there as dancer, rehearsal director and artistic assistant for more than 10 years. She performed in almost all of Anouk van Dijk’s work during that time, including the collaborations with director and playwright Falk Richter and Anouk van Dijk’s first work as director of Chunky Move in Melbourne, Australia.
Since 2004, Wollny is a passionate teacher of the countertechnique and is regularly teaching at dance academies, companies and studios for professional dancers around the world. She also teaches performers with various backgrounds like breakdancers, physical theater performers or actors. As one of the main teachers of countertechnique, she has contributed to the continuous development of the technique and has reached the level Master Teacher. She is also Countertechnique Program Manager and supports and coaches the new countertechnique teachers. Since 2012, Wollny is performing and collaborating regularly with German choreographer Jenny Beyer at Kampnagel in Hamburg, Germany.