15 / Deep and Chaotic
In the frame of Winter Tanz 2015-16
This workshop deals with transformation of movement and the building of deep dance vocabularies that derive from a conscious stepping out of our comfort zones. Blenard addresses the "animal" instinct within us, employing dynamic movements, sharpness and speed. Using the body's sensibility as a brush, we will paint an imaginary landscape through dancing. The state of mind becomes a state of body. We constantly construct and de-construct movement, roughing it up in order to refine it and making it real. The warm-up consists of small improvisation tasks that build a common energy. Many small tasks slowly transform into many small stories that lead to a highly energetic dance combination: a complete narrative.
Blenard Azizaj was born in Albania. He studied dance and dance pedagogy at the National State School of Greece. After his graduation he worked and collaborated with Montreal Danse Collaboration (Montreal, Canada), Linga dance company (Lausanne, Switzerland), Steptext dance project (Bremen, Germany) and Hellenic dance company (Athens, Greece). Until May 2015 Blenard danced for Akram Khan Company (Itmoi) and is currently part of Sasha Waltz & Guests (Romeo & Juliet). In his own artistic creations he is involved with bridging contemporary dance and balkan folk dancing. As a teacher he works for the State school of Dance (Greece/Athens), Sasha Waltz & Guests (Germany/Berlin), Toula Limnaios Dance Company (Germany /Berlin), Roberto Zapalla School (Italy /Catania) among others. He tours and performs in big international dance festivals in Germany, UK, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Brazil, Mexico, Quebec, Luxembourg, Norway, Italy, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Ireland, Senegal, Poland, France, Spain and Greece.