Movement Classes

Movement Classes Monday to Friday 10:00 to 12:00

Miri Lee and Manuela Tessi are independent artists with backgrounds that extend from traditional to contemporary dance practices. Each day there are two classes you can choose to attend; either a Basic Class in the Bodlabot studio or a Dance Class in Studio 1.Please follow the links on the names for more information about the artists.

There are no movement classes on the first Monday of the summer course July 30.

Manuela Tessi  July 31 Tuesday to August 8 Wednesday Dance Class Studio 1

In this class I integrate my background in contemporary dance with many years of dedication to improvisation technique.Weaving in and out of set material, with special attention on the phrasing and musicality, we will explore movement principles, and movement combinations built on those.In the combinations one movement is calling organically the next one, in a way that the memorization of movement pathways feels logical to the body organization. We will apply principles of floor work as well in the standing part, working with spirals, subtle and unpredictable weight shifts and sequenciality. In the class a lot of attention is directed to the relation spine to limbs: how important is to raise awareness in the spine and torso as main generator of movement to allow the limbs to be free, articulate, precise and expressive in space. We will study ways of relating to each other and to the space in movement, and how to place a movement phrase, either composed in real time or memorized, in time and in relationship to music. I am interested in breaking apart mechanisms of memorization of movement material, by searching the essence of a movement rather than its form. I have an interest in movement prior to dance as a formal language, in my movement research I include kinesiology and somatics. I believe that content and functionality provide form. I look for sensuosness and embodiment in dance, often referring to kinesthetic empathy, how is the movement being read by the spectator not solely with the eyes and intellect, but perceived on a visceral level

August 9 Thursday to August 17 Friday Basic Class bodlabot studio

The warm up will comprise basic alignment exercises that will include core strengthening, gentle stretching and mobilization of the joints. These excercises are meant at  activating the deeper musculature closer to the bones and the spine to help softening the outer layer of muscles, gaining more freedom and range in movement access. We will then study different ways to relate to the ground, for example pushing, pulling, moving from skin, muscle and bone systems. We will raise and fall in an effortless yet dynamic way and constantly changing the tone of the body. Simple movement patterns will be studied and broken apart to understand the mechanism and the movement principle behind them. In particular we will study spiral movements, starting from the floor and progressively moving up to standing. In last part of each class the focus will be on how to relate to the space, sound and each other while keeping physical awareness by applying the principles studied in the warm up.


Miri Lee  July 31 Tuesday to August 8 Wednesday Basic Class Bodlabot studio

My movement classes are based on developing fundamental physical and technical skills that emphasize the functional aspect of the body and its awareness. I guide the dancers to increase their potential while fully and positively experiencing the practice of the dance each day. The dancers can hone their own creativity and independent signature of the body expression rather than merely follow up steps. The classes are focused on individual body exploration and development, enrich the range of own movement languages/qualities/textures with sound and music, increase the articulation of the body; muscle and bone. In particular, practices references of traditional Korean dance include: integrated controlled breathing, the curving of eastern calligraphy pattern, the peculiar footwork that helps sustain a grounding stability, concentrates on sensitivity as one in a deep relationship with the breathing.

Miri Lee August 9 Thursday to August 17 Friday Dance Class Studio 1

Classes are focused on a different point of view of the body that works as an image, in constant writing and drawing of the body. In the research process for how to develop materials of the movements I use spatial/geometric ideas, to filter implied patterns that can evolve into a complex visualizing of an invisible movement expression in space. I experiment with how the eyes can affect the way the body expand limbs and how for us to consider our own movement choices and be active in the context of the moment. I  encourage the development our own unique style and to gain equal confidence both as performer and/or maker maintaining clarity with how the movement is composed. I will be place architectural collaborations in duo/trio/groups, with an inspiration to react body to body with a quickness of response and a widening of visual perspective.