august 21 – 24
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
fee: $20 per session
APPLY BY July 13 at 5:00 pm EST
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES ANNOUNCED
From all workshop applicants, three scholarships will be awarded:
- One half scholarship for a professional contemporary dancer of excellence with more than 5 years of professional experience, with no or little prior experience of Countertechnique;
- One half scholarship for a professional contemporary dancer of excellence with more than 5 years of professional experience, with prior experience of Countertechnique;
- One half scholarship for an emerging professional contemporary dancer of excellence.
Applicants will receive a decision by July 20. We will maintain a waitlist at that time.
Accepted participants must confirm their registration by July 26 at 5:00 pm EST. Full intensive fee ($480) will be due by August 7 at 5:00 pm EST.
The workshop will start with a 1hr 45min Countertechnique class, followed by a 1hr Practical Tools session, which will introduce different tools each day. After lunch, you will work on Repertoire from Chunky Move’s most recent work Common Ground and create new material, applying the Countertechnique tools. Be prepared to move, sweat, laugh, think, try, err, and challenge yourself in this workshop. The Countertechnique class and Practical Tools session are all about enabling dancers to move bigger, more fluidly and more spatially, while becoming stronger and more flexible. The Repertoire & Creation segment will be aimed at professional dancers, who are able to work quickly, think creatively and perform at a high physical level.
Countertechnique is a movement system to help the dancer think about the dancing body, focusing on the process of incorporating information into action. Within a clear structure of exercises, the Countertechnique class thoroughly prepares the body for rehearsal and performance, enabling dancers to move bigger, more fluidly and more spatially, while becoming stronger and more flexible.
Anouk van Dijk Biography
Anouk van Dijk is the Founder of Countertechnique and Artistic Director of Australian contemporary dance company Chunky Move. Before moving to Australia in 2012, Anouk van Dijk had an extensive career as a choreographer and dancer in Europe. Starting her career as a dancer in the 80’s, Van Dijk formed her own dance company in 1998 in Amsterdam, producing twenty full-length works that toured the globe. In 2012 Van Dijk was awarded the Golden Swan (Gouden Zwaan) – the Netherlands’ most prestigious dance accolade – in recognition of her outstanding artistic and academic contribution to dance in her home country. Since arriving in Australia in 2012, Anouk van Dijk created seven further full evening works for Chunky Move, and touring them internationally.
Kira Blazek Ziaii Biography
Kira Blazek Ziaii is a dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist originally from Houston, TX. She has performed with Hubbard Street 2, Douglas Dunn & Dancers, Christopher Williams, anoukvandijkdc, Pilobolus Creative Services, Phantom Limb Company, and Shen Wei Dance Arts, among others. Her choreography has been presented in New York, Sarasota, Tulsa, Austin, and Los Angeles, as well as featured in music videos for Beach House and De Lux. Kira holds a BFA from Oklahoma University and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts. She has been a certified Countertechnique teacher since 2012 and is on faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Other teaching engagements have included Gibney Dance Center, California State University Long Beach, Hope Stone, Austin TBXS, and company classes for BODYTRAFFIC, Sarasota Contemporary Dance, and Diavolo.