teaching profile

teaching profile

Teaching profile Andrea Boll

spirales circles serpentines (Contemporary Dance class)
The class focuses on the dancers relationship with the floor; practices centrifugal and spiraling movements in order to move economical; involves breathing dynamic and the release of energy throughout the body in order to activate the relationship between the center and the joints. There is a focus on the skeletal structure that will help to improve physical perception, technical skills and alertness. Movement sequences build up during the entire class, which challenge and train virtuosity, performance skills and body and mind.
together strong (partnering classes / workshops
Intensive practice of taking and giving weight, lifts and falls based on three principals: leaning against each other and leaning away from each other (equal balance of weight), pushing & following (unequal weight), taking off the weight to arrive to lifts or falls. We improve physical communication with and alertness to a partner and challenge our physical and mental stamina.
outside in - inside out (improvisation & composition workshop)
During this workshop we explore different principals to create dance material departing from movement qualities, imagination, emotions, space perspectives, music or thematic contexts. We create sequences and scenes, play and experiment with deconstruction, enlargement & reduction, approach language as a dance tool and work on solos, duets, trios and group scores.
Choreo-Lab
Choreo-Lab provides space for communication, development of methods and dance material as well as rehearsal and performance situations in different local contexts. The aim of Choreo-Lab is to train, challenge and develop further choreographic skills, and evaluate them. It allows to try out new working methods, different styles and aesthetics and to receive a direct feedback and reflection during the process. Choreo-Lab is a liberating and challenging playground. For the dancers it is a great opportunity to look into and taste choreographic procedure, get to know different choreographers and try out various styles and methodologies. Examples: http://vimeo.com/89866946 password: choreolab2013 and http://vimeo.com/55236690
urban & nature
Outdoor dance training in exchange with the environment. Overcome obstacles and deal with different undergrounds, practice different variations of site-specific movements. Working with perceptions and senses, using natural elements, surfaces and architecture as inspiration for movement (mapping space with the body).
Essentials for a class
(defined during LEAP-teacher residency together with fellow IDODCDE-teachers Anne Garrigues, Juliette Durrleman, Kerstin Kussmaul, Simon Wehrli, Sabina Holzer) Create a friendly environment for cooperation and space for learning experiences To wake up body awareness Connecting inside – outside Relation between breath and movement Evoke a physical or mental tiredness to get beyond / to get to know more about oneself / to wake up creativity Care for the body and alignment, giving tools for not hurting oneself and increase dance-technical skills
information & bookings: andrea@bollwerkweb.nl   Andrea got her dance teacher education at the Rotterdamse Dansacadmie (now Codarts) in Modern Dance (Graham, Limon, Cunningham), Contemporary Dance, Improvisation and Classical Ballet. Throughout her career Andrea practices, studies and researches intensively and continuously Contemporary Dance, partnering, improvisation, contact improvisation, Yoga as well as speaking and singing on stage. She also did study and includes some elements or technical skills of those techniques in her teaching: Aikido, Dance Trapeze and aerial techniques, Breakdance, tap dance, different styles of folks dance, Thai Chi, bally dance and Tango. She is continuously developing her dancing and teaching skills through her research and practice and by collaborating with inspiring teachers, dancers and choreographers. Some of the teachers and colleagues who inspire and influence Andrea’s approach of teaching are: Inaki Azapailla (Contemporary Dance, partnering), David Zambrano (flying low, passing through), Gert van Leeuwen (Yoga Critical Alignment and meditation), Hanneke Koks (voice classes), Wiebe Gotink (singing classes), Frey Faust (Axis Syllabus), Andrew Morrish (solo improvisation, sound and language improvisation), Melissa Ellberger (ongoing research: Breakdance & Dance Trapeze and New Circus meets Contemporary Dance, site specific practices), Peter Kadar (bollwerk: co-teaching giving and taking weight, partnering, improvisation skills & games). Together with her former colleagues from the Hans Hof Ensemble Andrea invented a specific approach of working with sets, props, costumes and dance partners, which she developed further and recesses ongoing through her choreographical work with bollwerk. To bring those techniques and methodologies back to class situations, she translates them into physical exercises, movement quality researches and improvisation tasks, performance skill- practices as well as outdoor and site specific dance practices. Since 2013 Andrea is project team member of IDOCDE (International Documentation Of Contemporary Dance Education and LEAP (Learn-Exchange-Apply-Practice), a EU-project designed to develop and document best practices of contemporary dance education, to improve networking among contemporary dance educators and to increase visibility of this vibrant art form.Andrea Boll LEAP / IDOCDE project team, symposium manager LEAP facilitator CH andrea.boll@idocde.net Tel. +41 76 772 29 12 www.idocde.net

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