Profitraining

Contemporary

Victoria McConnell

"Beginning with guided improvisations we will get our blood flowing, awaken the skin’s sensation, inviting the brain and the body to arrive in the space. Moving in and out of the floor with more structured exercises, we activate the core and large muscle groups while physically exploring concepts head-tail connection, initiation or body’s edge versus center. Eating the space with spirals, floorwork and turns, we progress across the space using improvisation tasks and simple phrases to integrate sensation and detail with larger movements. Bringing the various elements together, the class culminates in learning some phrase-work and developing it further with the particular focus of that day’s class, whether it be spirals or activating an animalistic efficiency while moving. Victoria’s class is a collage of influences drawn from her technical training, diverse performance experience, and from deepening improvisation practice, and from her own creative process of choreography and writing. Aiming for engaged senses and stronger connections between mind and body, the movement-flavors and technical vocabulary of the class encompass elements from yoga to contemporary improvisation, with a nod toward tradition, breaking tradition and many other things in between."

A native Californian, Victoria has always been moving. Earning a BFA in Dance from Belhaven University, she now explores wherever dance takes her. In Europe since 2015, Victoria has enjoyed performing with choreographers such as Tanz Company Gervasi, Sara Angius, and the Staatsoper Berlin as well as for films such as “Babylon Berlin” or “Suspiria”. Drawing inspiration from sources as diverse as sign language, algebra and visual art, Victoria is developing her own choreography and often collaborates with Berlin-based musician, Joshua Tennent of the band TwoKites. In Seattle from 2009-2015 she worked with many artists including Catapult Dance, Ilvs Strauss, Alana O Rogers, Tara Dyberg, Coriolis Dance Collective, filmmaker Brad Curran, musician Noah Gundersen. Also a curator, Victoria has collaboratively produced arts events in Seattle and now in Berlin, an upcoming “Nah Dran” through Ada Studios.

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Möckernstr. 68, 10965 Berlin