Workshop Improvisatie: Authentic Movement – Dayna Martinez Morales

Dayna Martinez Morales geeft tijdens de ZomerDansImpuls 2022 een workshop Improvisatie: Authentic Movement.

Workshop Improvisatie: Authentic Movement towards Presence

Dayna gives a soft but challenging class. She combines playfully rhythmical patterns and Improvisation tools, which provide an insight to move in connection with the whole body that continuously moves and changes.The class emphasises the mobility and release of the spine, and the conscious directing of energy using the breath, exploring different directions of movement in dynamics and rhythm. She strives for the dancers to explore their own body and how to use it in a healthy and effortless way. Starting with the authentic movement of the body, transcending dance styles by shaping instinct and intuition and embodying movement. Floor patterns, travelling rhythms and authentic movement improvisations will bring the dancer to his/ her necessity of movement. During the workshop she empowers the dancer to analyse own movement and explore new movement qualities.

Since more than 10 years Dayna Martinez Morales and her partner Vincent Verburg are teaching and developing movement practices/ trainings for performers of any kind, that facilitates to find your own “movement” language, The training is based on improvisation and research tools, which can bring the dancer to his/ her necessity of movement and provide tools to create instant and set compositions/ choreography. Strongly influenced by contemporary (Floor work, Release, Acogny) and traditional forms/ techniques (Urban, Folkore, Ballet, Horton, Limón e.g.). On a long base the practice can lead to transformation of the dancer’s movement language, challenging taking risks, breaking with habits and moving beyond dance styles.The practice is suitable to all performance disciplines and for all levels. Dayna brings with her the traditional forms of Bolivia, encouraging a rhythmic, spatial and gestural exploration of the traditional gesture from her birthplace Bolivia while strongly coloured with a contemporary influence that finds ways in the authentic gesture.

Over Dayna Martinez Morales

Born in Bolivia and raised in Germany, Dayna graduated from ArtEZ, University of the Arts in the Netherlands. She was selected for training at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Dancespace in New York and L ‘École des Sables with Germaine Acogny in Senegal. She has worked for AYA, Don’t Hit Mama, Herman van Veen (NL) and The Next Stage Project (USA) among others. With a broad and diverse experience in dance, she embodies the bridge between worlds. She interprets the work of choreographers with many improvisation skills and a remarkable background in various genres: from Classical to Modern to Contemporary Dance and Jazz to Urban and Traditional.

Dayna’s starting point is the search for connections between different bodies, old and new culture, identity, ritual, and transformation. Researching traditional and autochthonous rhythms and dances from different cultures like a.o. Bolivia en Senegal, Dayna uses “tools” that she and her partner Vincent Verburg have been developing by working over several years with dancers from different cultures such as Latin America, Africa, North India, and Europe. As artistic leaders of Movementalist they realize projects together and independently of one another. Their performances they create for different groups such as ‘El Ballet Official de Bolivia’, ‘Theater-group Badungduppa in Assam’, ‘L’École des Sables in Senegal’, and the ‘Amsterdam University of the Arts’.

In Dayna’s performances, she aims for an inclusive dialogue towards a culturally diverse audience. She collaborates with various disciplines such as theatre, music, dance and visual/digital art. Her dance language contains a brand scale of dance backgrounds and through that style transcending and authentic. Since her residency at the Plein Theater of Amsterdam, she involves scientists, writers, speakers, and bodyworkers in her creative process and performances. Dance for her is contact and communication without judgment. Therefore she invites her audience to experience together with her and to step out of the usual viewing experience. The experience can take place during a long-time performance, or by placing unusual moving images on locations other than the theatre, with people passing by becoming part of the performance.

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