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.
The Berlin-based director, choreographer, teacher, improviser, Judith Sánchez Ruíz (CU- GE), was 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. Cuba. She has worked with Sasha Waltz & Guest, (2011-2014); Deborah Hay, (2012); Trisha Brown Dance Company, (2006-2009); DD Dorvillier, (2002, 2019); David Zambrano, (1997), Mal Pelo Company, (1997-1999); and DanzAbierta Company, (1991-1996). She established the JSR Company in NYC in 2010. She’s created numerous choreographic stage works and Site Specific and has initiated several improvisation projects involving live music with innovative composers and visual artist. Ms. Sanchez Ruiz has been a teacher and choreographer at major institutions of higher education in dance throughout Europe, US, Latin America and Asia.