Dasha Lavrennikov

Elliptical Bodies: Exploring Gravity and Momentum

Central Themes: 1. Momentum and Gravity 2. The whole and its parts 3. Gazing with the body, feeling with the gaze. 4. From the respiratory gesture to guided improvisation 5. Orientation, Disorientation and Re-orientation 6. Transversal thinking- in flux

Through exercícios, games and dynamics, we will work through pathways that integrate diverse movement techniques, improvisational practice and instantaneous composition, rooted in our mental, physical, and energetic receptivity and attention. At the beginning of each day we will work with simple exercises - floor work and partnering work - that can serve as a base to experience other essential elements. This will unfold into more more intricate collectiveand individual dynamics throughout the workshop.

We will work and play with the awareness of gravity so that the weight of gravity will be a constant in our state of consciousness, between movement and stillness. Investigating our relationship with gravity includes perceiving: weight transfer, old patterns and new pathways, fears of falling, resistances, joint tension and mobility, the capacity to surrender to gravity with integrity, and to recycle and redirect our energy from a receptive and perceptive relationship with the physical forces. This allows us to work with a sense of continuity and flow of the external and internal movements that pass through all the edges and crevices of our sensing body, generating a range of movement qualities, from the sustained to the explosive. We will navigate between states of playfullness, intuition and risk, exploring the limits of our momement and creative potentials, with the intention of being fully present in time and space. For this, we will activate the senses and the active imagination.

There is a focus on engaging a somatic, physical, relational and aesthetic experience that stimulates our collective creative potential and the intuitive intelligence of the body - a body that knows and explores unknown bodies.

The workshop will include core elements such as the breath cycle, gravity, momentum, recycling energy, contact, kinesphere, time-space awareness, and gaze. By tuning into these principles we will expand our field of perception, with which we

understand, intuit and discern our daily life and movement practice. We will work on these elements, incorporating them, through physical actions, exercises and short phrases, that help us to better understand and intuit each singular element and the integrity between them in our dance practice. This means bringing a new dimension to our whole system.

We will circulate between observing, embodying and naming (written and spoken) in the process of perceiving and expanding our modes of moving, thinking and creating. There is a cooperative pedagogical method used, applying shared tools that accompany the learning and experimenting process (feedback and witnessing).

With her artistic training and background coming from contemporary and modern dance, ballet, physical theatre, as well as the martial arts, in her current movement research and creation, Dasha Lavrennikov is inspired by a diversity of movement languages, techniques and practices including release technique, AxisSyllabus, Flying Low and Passing Through, Liquid body, Assymetrical Motion, physical theatre, Capoeira, Kalaripayatuu, yoga, tai chi, chi kung, play fight, street dances and folk dances, along with diverse somatic practices that she incorporates in the work of the classes.

About Dasha Lavrennikov ::
Dancer, choreographer, performer, curator, movement researcher, teacher - was born in Moscow (1985) and began her dance education and exploration in the USA. She holds a BA in contemporary dance (USA), a Masters in Performing arts (Denmark/France), and recently received her PhD in RJ, Brazil, followed by an artist-research fellowship in Moscow. He received the danceWEB scholarship from ImPulsTanz in 2012, and from Djerassi Artist Residency grant in 2018.

She has been creating, performing, and lecturing transcontinentally over the last 20 years between Europe, Asia, South and North America. She has worked with a diversity of internationally renowned choreographers and companies, as well as offered workshop in France, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Peru, Cololmbia, Denmark, England, Germany, Austria, Russia, India and the United States. Working between a variety of museum, gallery, site specific and theater spaces.

Currently living in Barcelona, she teaches at the Institute of the Arts Barcelona, and guest teaches in the Masters in Live Arts Practice and Visual Culture in Madrid, as well as working as an artist-researcher in the Creative Europe Make a Move Project. As co-founder of the collective DuquesnayLavrennikov (based between Barcelona and Copenhagen) she has been
performing her work Groundless Ground in multiple festivals in Copenhagen throughout Fall 2018, as well as the co-founder of the collective FluxFabrik performing between Brazil and Europe.

From 2013-2017 she lived in Rio de Janeiro, an Artist in Residence at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Niteroi (MAC), co-founded and curated the Entre Serras Artist Residence Project (2015-2018), as well as co-created the live arts work Icó Project which toured between Rio de Janeiro and Salvador da Bahia. She is currently continuing her collaborations with a growing community of artist on projects throughout Europe, Brazil and USA as well as teaching workshops internationally in contemporary dance, improvisation, composition, CI, and methods and tools for artistic research.