Workshop: Countertechnique Winter Warming with Founder Anouk Van Dijk

Jan 5, 10:00 am4:00 pm EST



January 2-5, 2023

10:00 am – 4:00 pm daily
Gibney 280 Broadway
Studio C

Drop-ins welcome from 10 am-12 pm daily $30

Countertechnique Founder Anouk van Dijk returns to New York! This four-day workshop offers fresh fuel for the year ahead. How to add longevity to your dance career? How to keep things interesting for yourself? Our ever-changing bodies need different care and stimulants every single day, and in this workshop, we look at how to keep a positive work ethic, even when circumstances are not in our favour. 

 The workshop will start with a 2hr Countertechnique class, followed by a 1hr Practical Tools session, which will introduce different tools each day. After lunch, we will bring Countertechnique Tools into creation and performance, and explore how specific tools and tasks can support us beyond the class format. Departing from some of Anouk’s choreographic working methods, we will look at the eb and flow of the creation process, performance seasons and touring. How to tackle the challenges we encounter, and remain inspired in a sustainable way?

 The Countertechnique class and Practical Tools session are all about enabling dancers to move bigger, more fluidly and more spatially, while becoming more aware of their surroundings. The creative workshop segment will be aimed at professional dancers and senior students who look for inspiration to keep dancing interesting while maintaining a healthy and joyful work ethic. Be prepared to work proactively, 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. The Practical Tools Sessions offer more in depth and personalized information on how to implement the tools from Countertechnique in class, rehearsal and performance.

Anouk van Dijk (NL) is the founding Artistic Director of Countertechnique. She has been the Artistic Director of Australian contemporary dance company Chunky Move from 2012 – 2019. 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 late 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 has created eleven further full evening works for Chunky Move, which have toured internationally extensively.  Anouk van Dijk has collaborated across disciplines, with renowned artists such as Falk Richter (Germany), Ho Tzu Nyen (Singapore), Theun Mosk (the Netherlands), Marg Horwell (Australia) and Ian Strange (US/Australia). Anouk works currently internationally as a free-lance choreographer, director and educator, with her base in Amsterdam, and has created works for amongst others Germany’s renowned theatre the Münchner Kammerspiele,  Staatsballett Berlin and Skanes Dansteater/Malmö Opera (Sweden).