Visiting Teachers



Practices of empathy: dance and performance March 30th - April 2nd 2020

With Maija Hirvanen


Choreographer and performance maker Maija Hirvanen's workshop introduces the participants to some of her artistic and movement based practices. In this course, Hirvanen shares a particular aspect related to her recent work: her research into the relation of empathy and bodily based art. Workshop formats from warm ups and exercises to performance structures and dance scores are set into a playful motion. Notions of looking, presence, enjoyment, challenge, form and process will be turned around.
Hirvanen will work with the participants through movement exploration, physical methods, body system based performance acts, breathing and techniques of perception. In Hirvanen's course, empathy is looked upon in it's many sided potential. We'll work with techniques for empathic ways of creating movement as well as skills for facing differences and friction.
Come as you are!
BIO:
Maija Hirvanen is a choreographer and performance maker based in Helsinki. Her work has been presented at festivals and venues in Finland and internationally, for instance at Zodiak, Kiasma, Baltic Circle Festival, Helsinki Festival and Moving in November Festival in Helsinki, Tanz im August/Berlin, ImpulsTanz/Vienna, Sadler’s Wells/London, SPRING Festival/Utrecht, Seoul Performing Arts Festival, Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis and Dansens Hus/Stockholm.
She has also worked in numerous international projects and collaborations in different parts of the world as an invited artist. In addition to her dance studies, Hirvanen holds a MA degree in Visual Culture (Aalto University) and a BA in Interdisciplinary Performing Arts (Turku Art Academy&Dartington College of Arts/Performance Writing). She was the in-house choreographer at Zodiak – Center for New Dance from 2013–15. The Arts Promotion Centre Finland has admitted Hirvanen a 5-year artist grant for 2019–2023. Hirvanen has been a regular visiting teacher at the University of the Arts/Theatre Academy since 2008. She has also taught workshops in performance making, choreography, dramaturgy and physical methods for professionals and non-professionals in various countries and contexts. Maija’s interests range from the relationship between art and different belief systems and performance as collective memory to mechanisms of re-learning.
More info by elina.ikonen@islo.fi http://www.hirvanen.net


On Teaching Somatics April 20–24th 2020

with Malcolm Manning


In this one-week special course, Malcolm will aim to orient participants towards teaching somatics. He will teach material including Contact Improvisation, experiential anatomy, Authentic Movement and the Feldenkrais Method and in doing so will make explicit some of the pedagogical principles he finds most useful. Alongside these practices there will be some short lectures and discussions. The aim of the workshop is to inspire and orientate participants to teaching somatic practices and open the possibility to integrate them into daily and working life situations. No matter whether you have already have experience teaching somatics or would like to begin to teach it, the aim is to bring confidence to take the next step along the way.On Teaching Somatics April 20–24th 2020with Malcolm ManningIn this one-week special course, Malcolm will aim to orient participants towards teaching somatics. He will teach material including Contact Improvisation, experiential anatomy, Authentic Movement and the Feldenkrais Method and in doing so will make explicit some of the pedagogical principles he finds most useful. Alongside these practices there will be some short lectures and discussions. The aim of the workshop is to inspire and orientate participants to teaching somatic practices and open the possibility to integrate them into daily and working life situations. No matter whether you have already have experience teaching somatics or would like to begin to teach it, the aim is to bring confidence to take the next step along the way.

Malcolm Manning: "As a teacher, I share my inquiry of what it is to be a thinking, feeling, moving subject in this world. I do that through setting up a dialogue with ourselves and our environment in which we are empowered to be our own experts. I specialise in teaching the application of somatic approaches to contemporary dance practices. I’m also interested in how this work can be applied wider society.

I am certified to teach the Feldenkrais Method® and the Body And Earth work developed by Andrea Olsen and Caryn McHose. I studied for two years at SNDO Amsterdam and have an MA in Dance Pedagogy. I've also made extensive studies of Contact Improvisation, Authentic Movement, Movement Shiatsu, Body Mind Centering and experiential anatomy."

more info at https://www.movetolearn.com