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Contemporary

Just to be clear: To sum up contemporary dance adequately, and in a limited number of words at that, that is simply impossible. Contemporary dance defies a clear categorisation as one could apply it to modern dance, and maybe that just is its characteristic trait: Its openness. The different varieties of contemporary dance are diverse and put into question, for example, traditional body images in dance, different concepts of dance technique and modes of work and agency. Depending on each teacher, choreographer, dancer and respective individual artistic and cultural backgrounds, another form of contemporary dance occurs. This may, at first, sound confusing to people who are not active as professional dancers, yet: Contemporary dance expands your capabilities such as empathy and mindfulness, of being able to situate oneself within a space and being together with other dancers. There is no right or wrong here. Have faith! Just go ahead and try it out!

Instructors

Portrait of Ale Jara

Ale Jara

Ale Jara, originally from Paraguay, lives and works in Cologne. She joined the National Ballet of Paraguay in 1999, going on to tour internationally with it as a versatile dancer for nine years. She graduated from Ohio State University with a Master of Fine Arts in Dance in 2011, completing her education as a certified Gaga trainer in Israel one year later. She is a recipient of, among other grants, a UNESCO and a Fulbright scholarship and is not only highly regarded as an outstanding expert within her field, but also as a very mindful human being full of positive energy: “I am interested in seeing people’s passion to move while they move, more than wonderful shapes. Gaga helps me to enrich myself with more delicate information and gave me the tools to guide the people inside my class to listen to their bodies.” Ale has been teaching Gaga at tanzhaus nrw since 2017, both for professional dancers as well as for participants without prior dance experience.

Portrait of Carlo Melis

Carlo Melis

Carlo Melis is among the most longstanding teachers at tanzhaus nrw. He has been teaching modern and jazz dance at the house since 1989, integrating influences from contemporary dance. “Contemporary dance’s freedom challenges standardised techniques in modern and jazz dance, turning the gaze inward.” Accordingly, Carlos’ classes focus less on learning a technique but rather on rediscovering a strategy we have been carrying within from our earliest childhood movements: Being curious, experiencing oneself and one’s body, feeling one’s own emotions. The participants work on movements, but also always on their origins. “We only start dancing when emotions drive movements.” Carlo entered vocational training to become a construction engineer for the sake of his parents, yet he has been fascinated by the arts early on in his youth, playing in physical theatre and in Living Theatre. Following a workshop with Bob Curtis, a pioneer in Afro contemporary dance, Carlo discovered dance: “I had never experienced such intensity. From that moment on, I knew that I wanted to dance.” So, he started studying classical ballet, modern and jazz dance in his homeland of Sardinia at age 26. Later, he also graduated with a degree in theatre and dance education from several Italian universities. During a dance scholarship at the Folkwang University of the Arts, Carlo received tuition by great Wuppertal choreographer Pina Bausch, an experience that influenced his subsequent dance works. He contributed to TV productions, worked with numerous companies and taught at Arnhem University as well as elsewhere.

Chien-Ming Chang

Chien-Ming Chang

Chien-Ming Chang is the rehearsal director of the Shechter II Dance Company.

Hofesh Shechter Company is a boundary-breaking dance company that produces exceptional work created by Artistic Director Hofesh Shechter OBE, with, at its core, an extraordinary company of internationally diverse dancers. Its mission is to create work that feels less like dance and more like life, to share experiences that awaken people in their gut, and matter to their soul, to nurture the next generation of dancers and to excite a new generation of audiences from across the world.

Founded in 2008, the company’s repertoire includes Uprising (2006), In your rooms (2007), The Art of Not Looking Back (2009), Political Mother (2010), Political Mother: The Choreographer’s Cut (2011), Sun (2013), barbarians (2015) and Grand Finale (2017), Double Murder (2021) with SHOW (2018) and POLITICAL MOTHER UNPLUGGED (2020) performed by Shechter II, its award winning apprentice company.

Hofesh Shechter Company has played in cities around the world including Paris, New York, Melbourne, Tokyo, Berlin, Tel Aviv, Rome, Seoul, Rio de Janeiro and many more.The company collaborates on exceptional, world-leading, large-scale stage and film projects including a revival of Hofesh’s production of Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice at La Scala, Milan (2018), co-directed with John Fulljames; East Wall (2018) at Tower of London, in partnership with East London Dance, Historic Royal Palaces and LIFT; short films - Hofesh Shechter’s Clowns (2018), broadcast on the BBC and POLITICAL MOTHER: The Final Cut (2021); and LIGHT: Bach Dances (2021) winner of the FEDORA – VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Prize for Ballet 2020, produced in collaboration with Royal Danish Opera and Theatre.

Chin-A Hwang

Chin-A Hwang

Chin-A Hwang, geboren in Südkorea, erhielt ihre Ausbildung als klassische Bühnentänzerin an der Seoul Arts High School in Korea. Im Anschluss studierte sie Bühnentanz am Zentrum für Zeitgenössischen Tanz - ZZT in Köln.
Seit 2017 ist Chin-A Hwang als freiberufliche Tanzpädagogin unter anderem in der Tanzfaktur, im Cologne Dance Center Köln sowie in verschiedenen Ballettschulen tätig.
Sie unterrichtet sowohl Amateure als auch Profis im klassischen und modernen Tanz.
Regelmäßig tanzt Chin-A Hwang auch in verschiedenen Produktionen der Deutschen Oper am Rhein Duisburg/ Düsseldorf und der Oper Köln.
Seit 2019 studiert sie den Master-Studiengang "Tanzpädagogik klassischer Tanz" an der Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen.

Dina ed Dik

Dina ed Dik

Dina ed Dik erhielt ihre Tanzausbildung an der Fontys Dansacademie in Tilburg in den Niederlanden.
Seither arbeitete sie als freiberufliche Tänzerin und Performerin an verschiedenen Theatern und mit freien Kompanien unter anderem in den Niederlanden, Belgien, Frankreich und Deutschland.
Seit 2001ist sie Assistentin und Ensemblemitglied des französischen Choreografen Jérôme Bel und erarbeitet mit verschiedenen internationalen Ensembles Neueinstudierungen seiner Stücke und leitet die Proben dazu. In diesem Rahmen hat sie viel Erfahrung in der Arbeit mit großen, sehr diversen, heterogenen Gruppen sammeln können. Im Tanzhaus NRW war diese Arbeit mit „The Show Must Go On „von Jérôme Bel im September 2014 zu sehen.
Neben dem Tanz praktiziert sie seit vielen Jahren Iyengar Yoga, als Unterstützung zum Tanztraining. Übungen und Ansätze aus dieser Technik zur Verbesserung der Flexibilität und der Kraft fließen in ihren Unterricht mit ein.

Emma Valtonen

Emma Valtonen

Emma Valtonen studied dance and dance education in Finland and Portugal. After many months of performing her graduation work in Finland, she now works as a teacher and choreographer in Finland, Italy and China, among other places. She loves travelling and has trained internationally in various dance styles - always curious and connected with the desire to explore new, unusual paths and movement languages. Various dance styles from urban dance, modern and jazz dance as well as different bodywork techniques shape Emma's style. Her way of teaching is very approachable and open, and her participants are enthusiastic about her “creative, focused, loving and humorous way of teaching”. Emma herself says of her classes: “I want my students to be challenged without pressure or competition.”

Portrait Erika Winkler

Erika Winkler

Erika Winkler received her dance education at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen and, following her graduation, worked at a number of theatres and in freelance companies, with an engagement of several years with Dutch Company RAZ. She developed projects for Ruhr.2010 and is a regular choreographer for Team Plöger/Winkler/Becker at the FFT Düsseldorf. She teaches workshops internationally and has been an esteemed and popular teacher at tanzhaus nrw since 1998. Here, as well as at PACT Zollverein and for companies like Ultima Vez, Neuer Tanz or Random Dance, she offers regular professional training, too.

Eva Borrmann

Eva Borrmann

Eva Borrmann (1988*) ist freischaffende Choreografin, Tänzerin und Gründerin der Kompanie PLAN MEE. Nach ihrer Ausbildung im klassischen und zeitgenössischen Tanz arbeitete sie am Staatstheater Nürnberg zusammen mit Johann Kresnik, Joshua Monten und Laura Scozzi. In der Freien Szene u.a. für Alexandra Pirici auf der Art Basel und für deufert&plischke auf K3/Kampnagel Hamburg. Gleichzeitig studierte sie im CAS Programm„Dance and Performing Arts“ und „Arts Education" am Institut für Theaterwissenschaft Bern (CH).

Seit 2015 produziert sie mit ihrer Kompanie PLAN MEE in Kooperation mit der Tafelhalle Nürnberg mehrere abendfüllende Produktionen. Im Fokus der Projekte steht immer der sozial geformte Körper. Die Kompanie wurde bereits zu Festivals und Residenzen in Linz, Athen, Köln und München eingeladen. Außerdem ist sie als Choreografin Teil des „Bodies of Care“ Projektes des Goethe Instituts Indonesien. Zudem vermittelt sie ihre künstlerische Arbeit und Recherchen in Workshops, Tagungen und Seminaren an verschiedenen Institutionen und Universitäten, darunter die Akademie der Bildenden Künste Nürnberg, die Theaterwissenschaften in Erlangen, das Produktionszentrum Stuttgart und der Fachtag „Vermittlung“ am tanz.tausch Festival in Köln.

Eva Borrmann erhielt für die Jahre 2021/2022/2023 die Impulsförderung der Stadt Nürnberg und wird in enger Kooperation mit der Tafelhalle Nürnberg das Thema „Kitsch“ untersuchen und auf die Bühne bringen.

Hayato Yamaguchi

Hayato Yamaguchi

Hayato Yamaguchi startete seine Tanzkarriere im Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan. Erste Engagements führten ihn zur Austrian Ballet Company in Tokio und auf eine Europatour mit der Dance Company Nomdes. In Japan arbeitete Hayato mit berühmten Choreographen wie Motoko Hirayama und Kazuyuki Futami. In Deutschland folgten Engagements bei diversen renommierten Bühnen, u.a. dem Theater Bonn, dem Theater Dortmund und der Deutschen Oper am Rhein. Darüber hinaus wirkte er bei Produktionen wie dem TANZ theater INTERNATIONAL im Jahr 2015 mit und arbeitete beim Dance Theatre Luxemburg zusammen mit Jean-Guillaume Weis, sowie den Theatre Rites in London und in der Tanzmoto dance company in Essen. Seit 2015 ist er potenzieller Tänzer beim Cirque du Soleil. 
Handbalancing lernte er an der Souri International School Japan und entwickelt seinen Stil seit 2009 kontinuierlich weiter. Neben seiner Karriere als Tänzer und Tanzdozent arbeitet Hayato auch als Street Performer. Seit 2010 ist er offizieller Straßenkünstler der Stadt Tokio. Er nahm an zahlreichen Festivals in Europa teil und gewann 2021 den Sonderpreis beim Festival AMPLIÓN in der Slowakei.

Irina Hortin

Irina Hortin

Irina Hortin first studied linguistics and literature in Germany, France and Argentina before going on to study contemporary dance in Cologne and Munich. She performs internationally, regularly choreographs for Schalktheater in Zurich, heads youth dance theatre projects and teaches contemporary dance, contact improvisation as well as tango at international festivals. The encounter with Frey Faust, an important figure within French contemporary dance and editor of movement dictionary Axis Syllabus, was of special importance for Irina’s vocational biography, and Irina, as a certified Axis Syllabus (AS) teacher, references the dictionary. The interdisciplinary AS research network surveys the functions of the human body in motion. In the process, information from biomechanics, anatomy, physics and medicine come into use to analyse our motion apparatus and to have it start to move in a functional and caring way. The focus always lies on a respectful contact with oneself and others – and, of course, on the fun in dancing!

Portrait of Laura Virgillito

Laura Virgillito

Dance has been occupying a large part of Laura Virgillitto’s life since she was three years old. Following a five-year stay in New York where she studied at the renowned Martha Graham Dance School and at other places while also learning to utilise the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® for her dancer’s career, the native Italian came to Germany in 1997. She worked as a dancer with several different choreographers and companies. Today, Laura is mainly active as a freelance instructor with different companies and institutions both nationally and internationally, among them the Folkwang Tanzstudio, Stadttheater Bielefeld, PACT Zollverein, VA Wölfl’s NEUER TANZ, and also at tanzhaus nrw for about 15 years now. She is a GYROKINESIS® master trainer and heads her own studio in Cologne. She teaches the GYROKINESIS® movement system which puts an emphasis on somatic aspects, addressing both people with and without prior dance experience, as well as a contemporary training for professional dance creatives at tanzhaus nrw. 

Paolo Fossa

Paolo Fossa

Paolo Fossa is choreographer, dancer and teacher. He has been working throughout Europe for the last 20 years, applying his knowledge of the body in movement to contemporary dance and improvisation. He teaches in many theatres, dance companies, at Folkwang University, Academy of Theatre and Dance Amsterdam University of Arts, Tanzhaus NRW in Düsseldorf, Fontys in Tilburg and DansArt Akademie in Bielefeld. In cooperation with these institutions he also realises choreographies that stand alongside his numerous independent productions. Some of his latest works: Körpererzählung (2019), Stray Dogs (2018).Due to his pronounced communicative and organisational skills, he has been running a dance education project in Shenzhen/China since 2017 together with the Giessen Dance Company, where he has been working as a ballet master for contemporary dance since 2015. The aim is to develop a curriculum for contemporary and improvisation techniques at the Shenzhen Arts School. Parallel to his work on stage, he works with private and city institutions and leads several social projects with young people. Together with the choreographer Gerda König, creator of the first project of the M.A.D.E. ( Mixed-Abled Dance Education ), he is working on the creation of a new method of studying contemporary dance, which will enable students and dancers with and without disabilities to pursue a joint education.