O-1 / Klein Technique™
In the frame of Oster Tanz 2019
Klein Technique™ is a system that allows movers of all kinds and levels to achieve more fluidity and ease of movement. The depth to which an individual explores the work in class can be as simple as learning to stretch safely and releasing unnecessary tension but also as complex as expanding one's range of motion, increase technical facility, and help to learn from and heal an injury. The work deepens body awareness, and in turn increases creativity and expression. Especially class offers time—the time to work, to process, to simply learn to be.
Klein Technique™ works at the level of the bone, the simplest and deepest structure in the body to use its clarity, imagery, and energy. Engaging on this level allows us to drop in under the layers of muscle which holds us in set postural configurations. The work we do in class focuses on deep connections of support and movement: Freeing the legs and spine, connecting the pelvis to the legs, the upper body to the lower and the skull to the feet. A Focus on grounded-ness by first standing the pelvis on top of the legs helps us to be upright, aligned to the forces of gravity. Building on this principle, we explore the deep muscles of postural support—the hamstrings (sitz bones to the heels), the external rotators, the psoas and the tail to pubic bone/tail to heels. The day will be divided into two parts, each will be delving into the movement, and theory in various ways, where we welcome everyone learning at their own pace.
Barbara Mahler is a long-standing and active member of the New York City dance community as a choreographer, performer, a movement educator and body worker. Teaching for above 30 years, she is a major contributor in the development and outreach of Klein Technique™, associate Director of the Susan Klein School of Dance 1983-2004, having begun her studies in 1978. Barbara has been an on going faculty member with Movement Research since 2005, and a 2001 and 2006 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. She travels worldwide in various contexts, as part of on going education programs and festivals, as well as open workshops. As a choreographer, she works with subtle and intricate movement, time and architecture. Her choreography is consistent with her teaching vision and work. Her solo dances have mostly been seen in Conception, Chile, as part of the BIOBIO Festival, where she was teaching and choreographing. Most recent NYC performances include Queens Theater, Judson Church as part of the Movement Research presenting series, and University Settlement. She received her BA from Hunter College under the tutelage of Dorothy Vislocky, and her MFA from University Wisconsin- Milwaukee 2008.Barbara is a Zero Balancing Senior Faculty and Certified practitioner (1986). www.barbaramahler.net