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research or die.


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

© mats bäcker

b12 fall


location: eden***** studios


Olivia Ancona


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embodied play

each day will begin with a guided improvisation class to spark the connection between our sensations and physical possibilities. we will experience the tasks within a flow, and later zoom into these ideas with more time, creativity, and conversation. the workshop portion will include learning existing material, playing compositional games, and opening dialogues. we will explore other facets of individual expression and theatricality through storytelling - physical, written, and spoken. olivia offers space for dancers to dive deeper into their ability to juggle multiple physical, sensorial, and creative tasks. she encourages dancers to listen to their own movement habits, while inviting in new approaches. by exploring the source of our movement, we develop our physical potential and clarity of expression as performers. Every class and workshop is a part of an ongoing research process. drawing inspiration from over a decade of teaching gaga, training in other somatic techniques, staging experiences, and creating with makers, such as sharon eyal and alan lucien øyen, among others.

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.

Olivia Ancona is an international, multi-disciplinary dance artist, who collaborates with independent choreographers and artists on creating new works. Currently based in Berlin, she is originally from the west coast of the United States. Olivia trained at the Juilliard School and, upon leaving, joined the Batsheva ensemble, and later the main company in Tel Aviv, under the direction of Ohad Naharin. She was a founding member of Sharon Eyal’s L-E-V, and has worked with Mats Ek, Wim Vandekeybus, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Sasha Waltz, Bryan Arias, and Oona Doherty, among others. She was a guest with the Royal Swedish Ballet, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Goteborg Danksompani, Staatsballet Berlin, and Alan Lucien Øyen’s dance theatre hybrid, Winter Guests. Olivia has taught gaga, improvisation, and research/repertoire workshops for over forty institutions internationally. She also sets Sharon Eyal’s works on companies throughout Europe. Olivia is invested in ongoing research to help dancers and people exist more fully in their physical and creative selves. She is also passionate about supporting young dancers in their professional journey through mentorship relationships and programs, such as DANSII and Voice in Sport.



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