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research or die.

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b12 fall


location: eden***** studios


Olivia Ancona

member of winter guests | former dancer with sharon eyal l-e-v


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 both 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 movers, performers, and people. Every class and workshop is a part of an ongoing research process. Drawing inspiration from over a decade of teaching Gaga, other somatic practices, staging experiences, and performance history with creators like Sharon Eyal and Alan Lucien Øyen, among others.

some workshops offer group improvisation or partnering. these workshops elements may or may not be possible and the teachers and choreographers will modify their workshops accordingly in line with the health and safety measures required at the time. please stay flexible. thank you!

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, Alexandra Waierstall and Oona Doherty among others. She was a guest with the Royal Swedish Ballet, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Goteborg Danksompani, and Staatsballet Berlin. Olivia has taught gaga, improvisation, and research/repertoire workshops for over thirty-five institutions internationally. She also sets Sharon Eyal’s works on companies throughout Europe. Most recently she joined Alan Lucien Øyen’s dance theater hybrid, Winter Guests for the productions of ‘Story, story, die’ and ‘The American Moth’.


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