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C O L O N Y
winter dance summit | room edition:

SLAM! with Victor Rottier (NL)
GAGA/dancers with Natalia Iwaniec (UK)
HIP-HOP with Marius Eidrigevičius aka Arni (LT)
WORKFIELD COACHING with Victor Rottier (NL)
SELF–MANAGEMENT with Outi Järvinen (FI)
ASHTANGA VINYASA YOGA with Inga Rubikienė (LT)
BREAKING with Laurynas Žakevičius (LT) 

EXTRA:

Live stream Dj sets for your room improv sessions ‘Dance like nobody is watching you’
Peer to Peer mental exchange session

Exclusively for Lithuanian diaspora:

GLOWBAL AIR with LOW AIR dancers/teachers (LT)

C O L O N Y winter dance summit | room edition SCHEDULE

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GET TO KNOW YOUR TEACHERS: 

> SLAM! (contemporary forms) with Victor Rottier

SLAM! is a highly physical, movement-oriented dance workshop. The focus lies on the development of basics, forming a foundation for the translation of foreign material. Victor aims to challenge you and space around you.

Participants play with movement on irregular counts, spacial awareness, isolations, musicality, and the distribution of power within all of these aspects. The choreographer pushes for clarity and dedication from his side to the participants as he does expect the same from the dancers.

During the class, dancers go through a warm-up that focuses on all the parts of the body, all to prepare the body for absorbing impact and movement. In this section the improvisation as well a set material are being used. Throughout the workshop days, participants will go through exercises that would help for a base of the phrases. The workshop is designed to focus on acrobatics, floor work, standing work, isolations, musicality, and stamina sheering.

Dancers will swipe through the floor, get up, and own the space, sweat, and trample on boundaries in this playground.

And if that’s not enough for ya, all music is handpicked and 100% organic!

> Workfield Coaching with Victor Rottier

  • Want to be a dancer?

These days it’s hard to find the experiences needed to prepare your steps into the professional dance field. During this coaching class participants will discuss what things to consider when aspiring to be a professional dancer. Attendees of this class will be guided through communicational aspects like self-promotion, networking, and professional consistency. In addition to giving information Victor will share his personal experiences and answer your questions.

  • I aim to give you know-how.

Victor Rottier is dancer, teacher, choreographer. 
Victor also works as rehearsal director for the choreographer Johannes Wieland, Staatstheater Kassel.

> Gaga / dancers with Natalia Iwaniec

Gaga classes are predicated on deep listening to the body and to physical sensations. The instructions are deployed to increase awareness of and further amplify sensation, and rather than turning from one prompt to another, information is layered, building into a multi-sensory, physically challenging experience. While many instructions are imbued with rich imagery, the research of Gaga is fundamentally physical, insisting on a specific process of embodiment. Inside this shared research, the improvisational nature of the exploration enables each participant’s deeply personal connection with Gaga.

Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening the body and adding flexibility, stamina, agility, and skills including coordination and efficiency while stimulating the senses and imagination. The classes offer a workout that investigates form, speed, and effort while traversing additional spectrums such as those between soft and thick textures, delicacy and explosive power, and understatement and exaggeration.

Participants awaken numb areas, increase their awareness of habits, and improve their efficiency of movement inside multilayered tasks, and they are encouraged to connect to pleasure inside moments of effort. The language of Gaga is in a continual process of evolution, and the classes vary and develop accordingly. Gaga has two tracks: Gaga/people and Gaga/dancers.

“We become more aware of our form. We connect to the sense of the endlessness of possibilities. We explore multi-dimensional movement; we enjoy the burning sensation in our muscles, we are ready to snap, we are aware of our explosive power and sometimes we use it. We change our movement habits by finding new ones. We go beyond our familiar limits. We can be calm and alert at once.” – Ohad Naharin

> Hip-Hop with Marius Eidrigevičius aka Arni

Marius Eidrigevičius is also known in the street dance community of Lithuania, the Baltics, and neighbouring countries as Arni. Arni is the inspiration for many young dancers. Arni is a master in hip-hop and house dance styles and has discovered the path of educator since 2011. 2017 was a turning point when he moved to Sweden, to Åsa Folkhögskola, where he studied street dances.
Having traveled Europe and across the Atlantic, Arni learned from many of the world’s most respected street dance teachers and participated in a great number of street dance battle events. He has performed dance and theatre works in Lithuania and Germany and created choreographies for music performers. Dancer is often invited to conduct larger-scale hip-hop and house dance workshops or to judge dance battles worldwide.
Arni is ready to help you colonize your body with a number of different hip-hop patterns and mix them with your individual improvisation no matter which dance background you are from. He is ready to share his understanding of dance dynamics, dancing in different levels, energy, and flow.

> Self-management for artists with Outi Järvinen

How to build a sustainable life, how to navigate the art world as an independent dance artist? This masterclass provides some insights, tips, and tools for managing your everyday life and artistic career.

Outi Järvinen – has been working as a manager and producer in the arts for fifteen years. Before founding Arts Management Helsinki, Outi worked for several years at Zodiak – Center for New Dance and as producer of contemporary dance festivals.

Outi received her MA in choreography at the Theatre Academy of Finland. She has also done studies in e.g. financial administration. Outi took part in the TAIVEX Senior Management Training 2009-2011 and TAIVEX² work attachment program 2012-2013.

In 2013-2014 Outi was a mentor in the Nordic-Baltic Kedja Mentoring Scheme, which has later been developed into the Nordic Circle of Artistic Management network and mentoring project by Arts Management Helsinki and four other Nordic partner organisations. In addition to mentoring, Outi is a visiting lecturer at the University of the Arts and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki.  She is active in cultural policy work and the improvement of working conditions for the artists.

Since 2019, Outi is also a member of the committee of independent professionals and entrepreneurs of Akava Special Branches. Akava Special Branches is a trade union whose members work in expert and managerial positions in the fields of culture, administration, communications and wellbeing.

Outi Järvinen

> Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Inga Rubikienė

According to Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, who has developed and presented the Ashtanga Vinyasa system to the West, Ashtanga Vinyasa is not merely physical exercises, it aims to use asanas (postures), pranayama (the breath), and vinyasa (merging of asanas in a flow of motion and breathe) to calm your mind and open your heart.

Inga is a certified yoga teacher also holding a master’s degree in psychology. Starting teaching ashtanga yoga in 2003, Inga has always led her classes following the Ashtanga Vinyasa system. “I am grateful to all the teachers who have led me the path of yoga. I especially want to thank Amber Espelage, Mike Burgasser, Indu Bala Bhardwaj, David Swenson, Lino Miele, David Keil, David Garrigues, Sharath R. Jois, Mark Robberds, Eddie Stern, and Govinda Kai, whom I had the privilege to meet and who have inspired me and gave me invaluable knowledge. Namaste.”

Inga Rubikienė

> Breaking with Laurynas Low Air | Community outreach 

To look for the meaning of Low Air, one has to search somewhere between the constant paradox (as if the Air could ever be Low) and the ever-existing thirst for experiencing and understanding reality (as if there is never enough of Air). The first reference point is forcing us to live through the discrepancies, question the norms and ways of thinking; the second one insists on always feeling the urge to create, it ignites the constant search for meaning and at the same time it is a reminder that we all are merely small pieces of the never-ending quest for creativity.

Workshop led by Laurynas based on his more than 20 years of experience as a dancer and choreographer. Battling and dancing in the underground Breaking scene he won major solo dance events. The class designed to practice the different ways of gaining flow. The flow that comes from urban styles-based dance techniques and flows can be found learning contemporary techniques. Creative exercises and tasks help to develop own personal movement, practice complex breaking transitions and intelligent house footwork. The conceptual way of thinking leads us to the new forms of dance. The contemporary way of dancing of today is influenced by the vast majority of movement forms. Laurynas’ approach to dance and dance teaching fosters the meeting of fundamental Breaking moves and contemporary forms. 

Community outreach workshop environment designed to cross the borders and step into the non- or pre-professional territories and spread the movement among people who would like to get acquainted with body and dance practices.

> Live stream Dj sets (curated by…)

Two nights of carefully selected music for you to improvise, to sit and listen, to dance within your social bubble, or simply chill. After a day focusing on your mind, body, and soul with the COLONY teachers enjoy the good vibe. 

> Peer to Peer mental exchange session (curated by…) 

Each one teach one. Each one meet one. Each one empower one. Each one advice one. Each one gain from one. Dare to share.

Simply have some time to chat and get acquainted a little better with your colleagues within the dance-field. Learn what other dancers work on, how do they cope during the COVID-19 pandemic situation, get advice on the topic you care about, advise someone. 


FOOD

Whatever healthy you have in your fridge. 

We encourage you to go vegetarian or even vegan during the COLONY.


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