Functionality and Perspective in Dance: Functionality and Perspective in Dance is a contemporary dance class developed from Sánchez Ruíz’s own movement vocabulary and improvisation techniques, with strong formative influences of David Zambrano, Trisha Brown, and Cuban cultural traditions. Focus in the importance of being grounded, dancers work with initiation and arrival, stillness and counter-balance within visceral and organic movement. Rhythms of phrases are defined through natural weight of muscles and extremities, giving students new ways of realizing movement and making dances, encouraging curiosity and exploration.
Judith Sánchez Ruíz (USA/Cuba) is a Cuban born choreographer, improviser and teacher based in New York since 1999, and relocated to Berlin in 2011. She began her dance studies at the age of 11 at the National School of Arts Ciudad de la Habana. She has worked with Trisha Brown Dance Company; Sasha Waltz & Dancers ensemble; David Zambrano; DD Dorvillier; Jeremy Nelson, Deborah Hay and Edivaldo Ernesto among others. Judith Sanchez Ruiz’s has received numerous grants and commissions to support her career and has been commissioned choreographic works in the US and Europe. She teachs regularly in Europe and US.