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1) Trisha Brown Technique and Repertory

a) Professional Class: warm up and repertory
b) Workshops: warm up, repertory and choreography

Professional Class
The Trisha Brown Company uses releasetechniques. There is no fixed form of warming up but every dancer of the company teaching repertory applies her own warm up. Britta Lieberknecht passes on these warm ups fitting to each part of the repertory. The focus is on the openess of the joints, sequential building of alignment and grounding and the sense of direction and flow. In the main part of the class she teaches combinations from the repertory. It consists of flowing and precise movement patterns which are spacially complex and show their beauty in the details. The exact guiding of energy and control of momentum often confronts dancers with their tension patterns and lead to the ease and groundedness which made Trisha Brown's choreography famous. As one of the „mothers of postmodern dance“ she influenced dance especially with her works in the eighties and nineties.

Workshops
Beginning with a technical dance class on advanced or professional level Britta Lieberknecht teaches choreography techniques she learned in workshops from Trisha Brown ( and Robert Ellis Dunn):
The Cube
Creating from Scores
Molecular Reactions
Improvising with Movement Sequences
Basics of Choreography ( Robert Ellis Dunn)

 

2) Emotional Training for Dancers

For dancers of any style who want to express emotions on stage, dance emotionally or act, as well for dancers who want to unfold more personal expression in their dance and create movement material more easy.

The warm up consists of exercises for voice and movement and relaxation/expression exercises after Strasberg (method acting) enhancing selfperception and emotional and musical perviousness.
In the group or with a partner emotional exercises, presence exercises, expression exercises and scenical improvisations are practised. Out of those experiences dancing to music is reworked in a way that dance evolves from emotional sources and from a variety of sensations.
The steps in ones own personal process are exchanged in group talks.

The experience of this technique is extremely valuable for a creative career as dancer
Workshops minimum 2 days
Regular educational training units of 3 hours

 

3) Danceperformance with Objects

The relationship from the body to the object gets worked out and developed into performance. In the first part of the work exercises lead through exploring the object as a partner and a score for the physical relationship. In the second part we develop improvs and choreographies with the object. Every object relates differently to the body and to our fantasy. Each workshop evokes an exhilirating variety of performance. For Amateur and Professional levels, for more info please order materials

 

4) Dance with Balance Reactions

Reflexes and balance reactions which we use during our development (Ontogenese) are practised and related to dance. The conscious play widens the spectrum of our movement and can reorganise our use of gravity where we have problems and react with wrong tension. Our contact with the ground, perviousness, ease, freedom and variety of movement is supported. After having explored and practised reflexes and balance reactions in form of movement patterns we develop them into group improvs. These are not only a lot of fun but can be also inspiring for choreography. Separate and mixed levels for amateurs, professionals, actor/performers

 

SHORT BIO Teacher

After a classical dance education in Düsseldorf Britta Lieberknecht studied postmodern dance in Amsterdam and Berlin and different forms of acting in Poland, Berlin and Rome. She studied the voice and singing and focused on the dance and the voice. For three years in NYC she studied modern and postmodern dance and voicework with the leading figures and developed her own danceperformances. Back in Europe she taught „ Dance and Voice“ and „Dancing with Gravity“ in Europe and danced in the ensemble of PLANK- Frédéric Flamand in Brussels. She continued to study releasetechniques and choreography in Europe and NYC and lead the group „Britta Lieberknecht & Technicians“. For a period of time she also became a physiotherapist and Polestar Pilates Rehabilitation Trainer living in Cologne, Germany, while she continued her artwork. She developed „Dancing with Balance Reactions“ from her neurophysiological education and body mind centering. Out of her performance work she developed „Dancing with Objects“ .She also teaches Professional Training based on Trisha Brown Repertory and since she has a dance company „Emotional Training for Dancers“ mostly in Germany while showing her danceperformances internationally.

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