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running from the 13th to the 16th of april 2023

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b12 spring


location: eden***** studios


Christina Mertzani & Evangelos Poulinas


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This workshop is an investment to yourself and a gift 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 lead gradually 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 personal 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.

please be aware of our early bird special offer for this workshop! you can apply for this offer up until the 24th of february 2023. after the 24th the regular workshop fee applies. applications are accepted up until one day before the workshops starts.

christina mertzani, choreographer, dancer and teacher, graduated from athens state school of dance in 2004 and holds a degree in homeopathy from the akadimia of ancient greek and traditional chinese medicine. in the last 19 years, she has been teaching extensively in europe and asia, leading master classes, workshops and intensives for dancers in companies, theatres, universities, and studios for professional dancers. as a performer, christina has worked with johannes wieland (germany), stella zannou (greece), peter vosperton (new zealand), kostandin mixos (greece), helder seabra (belgium), kat valastur (germany), apostolia papadamaki (greece), and performed choreographies by wim vandekeybus, mark morris and martha graham, among others. christina has worked internationally as a choreographer, performer and teacher. she has choreographed in europe and asia for different companies, theatres, universities and festivals. she has presented metamorfosis, inside, 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. she was a faculty member of anton bruckner university in linz, austria, for two years. from 2010-2019 christina mertzani co-directed, alongside evangelos poulinas, one small step international contemporary dance festival in corfu, greece.

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)


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