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running from the 7th to the 10th of november 2024

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b12 fall


location: eden***** studios


Evangelos Poulinas & Christina Mertzani


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partnering workshop

This workshop is an investment to yourself and a present to your future dance partners. We will explore ways to improve our corporeal awareness in connection with a partner. To achieve this goal, we are going to use elements from various techniques like contact improvisation, acrobatics, acro-yoga, improvisation, personal movement investigation, and contemporary dance. The workshop progresses from simple exercises of receiving weight and moving as a couple or small groups, to more complex acrobatic exercises that gradually lead to the final partnering combination. At the same time, with proposals on sensations, feelings, images, and movement qualities, you will be invited to discover and augment your own way of moving. With the findings of this research, we will set structured phrases, which will encourage your unique way of dancing. We want you to enjoy every step of the process! It is exciting to dance with other people! Christina and Evangelos have been collaborating artistically and co-teaching since their graduation from the Athens State School of Dance in Greece in 2004. Some of the places they have taught partnering are: Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (Hong Kong), Passpartu studio (Greece), Leng Lhi Dance Association (Macau), Marameo Berlin (Germany), b12 Berlin (Germany), SOZO Visions in motion Kassel (Germany), Danceweek Festival Crete (Greece), Bruckner University Linz (Austria), one small step Festival Corfu (Greece), Chorochronos Athens (Greece), and more.

please be aware of our early bird special offer for this workshop! you can apply for this offer up until the 15th of september 2024. after the 15th the regular workshop fee applies. applications are accepted up until one day before the workshops starts.

evangelos poulinas is a faculty member at the anton bruckner private university in linz. he received his bfa from the aristotle university of thessaloniki, a diploma from the athens state school of dance, and his mfa at the tisch school of the arts in new york. his choreographies have been presented in the usa, europe and asia, and his piece, alternative bodies, has been performed in germany, greece, france, italy, spain, the netherlands, switzerland, macau and china. he danced in pieces by j. wieland, m. doyle and w. vandekeybus, and was director of the annual one small step festival, in greece, from 2010 to 2018. he teaches contemporary techniques in europe, the usa and asia, and has received scholarships from the alexandros s. onassis public benefit foundation, new york university, a greek state scholarship and a scholarship from danceweb europe. he is a founding member and artistic director of the annual b12 contemporary dance and performance art festival in berlin. (www.b12.space)

A choreographer, dancer and teacher, Christina Mertzani graduated from Athens State School of Dance in Greece, in 2004, and holds a degree in Homeopathy by Akadimia of Ancient Greek and Traditional Chinese Medicine. As a performer, Christina has worked with J. Wieland, S. Zannou, P. Vosperton, K. Mixos, H. Seabra, K. Valastur, A. Papadamaki, among others, as well as performed choreographies by W. Vandekeybus, M. Morris, and M. Graham. Christina has presented her creations Metamorfosis, Inside, Athenian house, Mix-up, Cube, Alternative Bodies, Stheno, Run Away, Minotaur, Beyond Illusion, and video dance works Entanglement, Reborn Temptation, and 60 Pulses in more than 30 countries around the world. In the past 20 years, she has been teaching and choreographing around the world for different companies, universities, state theatres, festivals, and studios for professional dancers. Some of the places where she has collaborated are Sasha Waltz & Guests, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Beijing Dance Academy, Tainan University of Technology, b12 festival, HJS Profitraining Amsterdam, Landestheater Linz, Staatstheater Bielefeld, Staatstheater Braunschweig, AKBANK Sanat Istanbul, and many more. She served as a faculty member of Anton Bruckner University in Linz, Austria, for two years (2017-2018). Christina co-directed, with Evangelos Poulinas, the International Contemporary Dance Festival in Corfu, Greece, One Small Step, for 9 years (2010-2018).


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