This training draws inspiration from yoga, floor work with other somatic or release based techniques that support our sense of weight in motion. We start with a warm-up that awakens the body-mind, engages breath and prepares the body thru simple movement patterns. Emphasizing the articulations of spine, drawing attention to the sensation of weight and altering the tone of the body, the warm-up leads us into exploring different dynamics of moving within more improvised space. This is followed by phrases that build up towards more complexity. Growing from floor to standing, focusing on the changes of level, locomotion, invertions and directions in space, the class aims to develop the gain of physical strength and effortlessness of the body in motion.
Katja Mustonen (FIN/GER) is a Finnish dance maker and teacher, currently based in Berlin, working as a nomad. She graduated as dancer in Finland 2004, and holds a MA degree in "Contemporary Dance Education"(MA CoDE, HfMDK,Frankfurt 2010). Since 2008, she’s been teaching Contemporary Dance, Improvisation and Contact Improvisation internationally in institutions, festivals and other venues for dance. In her artistic work, she is curious about the states of presence and body’s ability to transform, embody, and transmit images into knowledge, emotions, language and atmosphere’s. Also, merging photography, video, sound and text together with materials or objects continues fascinating her in terms of finding more ways to express ideas and execute movement, creating the larger body of her artistic work.