10:00 - 11:30
The fundaments of my class work in contemporary dance are based on breath, dynamic upper body movement and the use of natural body weight. Control and flexibility are worked on in the preparation movements in the first part of the class with warm-up exercises which include basics of classical dance. Elements of Yoga and Tai Chi are also included to create a global circulation of energy in the body. Larger choreographic phrases are elaborated on later to dance fully and dynamically in the space, using frequent passages “off-center”, taking risks and surpassing one’s idea of limits. The musicality and the dramatic tension of my movement work, essential to my work, were first inspired by my experiences dancing in the works of Anna Sokolow and Jose Limon, and then continued with my work in lyric singing.
— Martin Kravitz
American by birth, he has taught, choreographed and performed for the past 20 years principally in Europe, where he has been the faculty of the prestigious Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris and at the Université de Paris VIII as well as guest teacher for many of major European contemporary dance companies, including the companies of Angelin Preljocaj, Jean-Claude Gallotta and Rui Horta. He has been invited to guest teach across Western Europe, Turkey, North Africa, Russia, Japan and China. As a dancer in other companies, he performed with the highly acclaimed Utah Repertory Dance Theater (1972 -1977), the Batsheva Dance Company of Israel (1977 -1978), and, in New York, in the companies of Lynne Wimmer (1979 -1984) and Hannah Kahn (1983 -1984). In France he has danced in the productions of Trois Generations and Des Gens qui Dansent by French choreographer Jean-Claude Gallotta, Sous le Vertige of Kitsou Dubois and the events of Rosalind Crisp.