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4-day-research PARTNERING with Christina Mertzani and Evangelos Poulinas at b12


when: 26th – 29th june 2017 / 1:30pm – 5:30pm

where: Berlin, Germany

in this workshop we will explore ways to improve our corporeal awareness in connection with a partner. to achieve this goal, we are going to use elements from various techniques like contact improvisation, acrobatics, acro-yoga, improvisation, personal movement investigation and contemporary dance.

the workshop progresses from the simple exercises of receiving weight and moving as a couple or small groups, to more complex acrobatic exercises that lead gradually to the final partnering combination. at the same time, with proposals on sensations, feelings, images and movement qualities, you will be invited to discover and augment your personal way of moving.

with the findings of your research we will set structured phrases, which will encourage your unique way of dancing. it is exciting to dance with other people.

christina mertzani graduated as a choreographer, dancer and dance teacher in 2004 from the athens state school of dance. christina’s first choreographic work, the dance film “without trace”, was awarded by the british council in 2004. ever since then, she has choreographed for v.void, arthrosis, municipal and regional theater of corfu, sozo visions in motion, as well as for theater companies and professional dance schools.

as a founding member of “ελεύθερη πτώση”- “free fall”, she has presented the pieces ”metamorfosis”, ”inside”, “emplokh”, “cube”, “alternative bodies” and the dance film “emplokh”, “reborntemptation”, “60pulses”, etc. in greece, italy, germany, switzerland and spain.

since 2010, christina has been the education administrator for the “one small step” international urban dance festival in corfu (greece).

christina has been giving workshops since 2005 – classes of contemporary dance, improvisation, partnering and stretching in various companies, theaters, studios and dance schools in greece, germany, switzerland, netherlands, turkey, etc. some of these are cie.toula limnaios, marameo, theater osnabrück, landesbühnen sachsen, staatstheater kassel, theater heidelberg (germany), tanzbüro basel, theater st. gallen, konzert theater bern, nachschub (switzerland), hjs profitraining amsterdam (netherlands) sozo visions in motion, etc.

some of the companies christina has danced for are smack, lathos kinisi, ad-lip, quissistelar, amalgama, ano teleia, chorotheatro roes vosperton etc. she has also danced choreographies by wim vandekeybus, mark morris and martha graham.

christina graduated from the academy of ancient greek and traditional chinese medicine, homeopathy. since 2008, she has attended several seminars that are mainly focused on cures like: massage, rejuvance, nutrition, herbal medicine, etc.

evangelos poulinas holds an mfa in dance from the tisch school of the arts, new york university, a diploma from the athens state school of dance and a bachelors from the physical education department, aristotelian university of thessaloniki. he has been credited with scholarships from numerous prestigious foundations, such as alexandros s. onassis public benefit foundation, new york university, greek state scholarship foundation and danceweb europe.

as a creator, evangelos has shown work in the u.s.a. and europe and as a performer, he has danced creations by johannes wieland, maxine doyle, katarzyna gdaniec and marco cantalupo, marcel leemann, constanza macras, konstandinos rigos, nigel charnock, jasmin vardimon and wim vandekeybus among others. as a teacher, evangelos has taught contemporary technique, partnering and community dance classes in germany, italy, poland, switzerland, greece, austria, u.s.a. and sweden.

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in order to apply send us an email at researchordie[at] with the workshops you would like to take and a short bio. you can also provide us with a video link and a short paragraph about your motivation for each workshop. no must. once received, we’ll follow up with a personalized email confirmation.

tags: europe, germany

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