Contemporary dance workshops for intermediate and advanced dancers

All lovers of dance are welcome to Lublin for workshops that will be led by the Guests of the Festival. This year the workshops will be led by: Rainer Behr, Colleen Thomas, lldikó Tóth, and Joachim Maudet.

For the intermediate and advanced groups, we invite participants who:
– are aware of their own body,
– have knowledge of contemporary dance nomenclature,
– have participated in contemporary dance classes for a minimum of 5
– have already participated in contemporary dance workshops for a
minimum of 5 years,
– have participated in regional mini and short dance shows.

Please note:
1. The number of the workshop participants in groups is limited.
2. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received
and confirmed by payment. Please only pay once the organisers have
confirmed that there are free places in the group.
3. The organisers reserve the right to redirect the person registering
for the workshop to another group.
4. Proof of payment should be sent to: warsztaty.taniec@ck.lublin.pl.
5. The workshop is addressed to people over 16 years of age.

Rainer Behr: The Essence of Dance (The Living Dance)

How does a dancer become a dancing human being? How do the concept and the idea of dance
dissolve to make one feel free about what dancing really is? Where do we find this dance in us
and what makes it alive? Where is the beginning and what tools does the person need to find this
movement language?

Through training and working with repertoire material the body should be given the best
conditions to provide the dance within us a language. Through creative processes the work deals
with ways to find your own language, to make the invisible visible and to go on your own way
designing your own creative work.

Born in Neustadt an der Waldnaab in 1964, after training as a gymnastics teacher, he studied
dance at the Folkwang University of the Arts. From 1990 to 1995, Rainer Behr danced at the
Folkwang Tanzstudio in Essen and worked with Susanne Linke, Raffaella Giordano, Urs Dietrich
and Mark Sieczkarek and as a guest dancer at the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch before
Pina Bausch hired him as a permanent member of the ensemble in 1995.

In 1989, he created his first choreographies. He was awarded first prize in Cagliari/Italy for “Die
Wendung der Dinge”. In 1990, he received the Claasen Dance Award. He choreographed four
pieces for the Folkwang Tanzstudio in Essen (“Rote Rose”, “Solo”, “Einsames Königreich” i
“Butterfly RiverMountainSun-Moon”) and during the International Dance Festival NRW – 3 weeks
with Pina Bausch in 2004 “Der Eiserne Pudel”. He also created several works as part of the
UNDERGROUND series by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. In 2012, he worked as a guest
choreographer in Bielefeld. He was part of the 2020 Encounters choreographer team and created
his first major piece for the Tanztheater im Opernhaus Wuppertal in March 2021.

lldikó Tóth: Trial and Error | Forsythe Improvisation

Body, effort, shape and space as components of the Laban BESS model serve as the point of
departure for this Forsythe Improvisation workshop. Dancers will familiarise themselves with the
endless possibilities of re-combining the elements of the model, and the role of decision-making
regarding these elements within the Forsythe Improvisation Technologies. Playing with varying
points and ideas of initiating movement, dancers will be encouraged to explore new movement
qualities and to expand on what they already know, continuously exploring what else it could be.

The workshop is open to dancers from various dance backgrounds. We’ll spend time on
individual exploration as well as on partnering and group work, geared towards developing
a deeper understanding of the physical organization of the moving body, and of the various
intentions we can use as a starting point for generating movement.
The aim of this workshop is to create a supportive environment for continuous trial and error,
and for a growing awareness of the individual as well as the collective moving body in time and

lldikó Tóth is a dancer, choreographer and dance teacher based in Leipzig, Germany. In 2005,
after graduating from Codarts University in Rotterdam, she received a DAAD scholarship for
postgraduate studies and moved to New York City where she performed in the works of Bill
Young/Colleen Thomas & Company, Susan Marshall & Company, Kota Yamazaki among others. In
2012, Ildikó returned to Europe and became a member of the Forsythe Company. Since its
closure in 2015, she has been working as a freelance performing artist, involved in projects with
Heiner Goebbels, Thierry de Mey, Fabrice Mazliah | MAMAZA, Sebastian Matthias, Isabel Lewis
among others.
Besides her participation in national and international projects, she creates her own works, such
as “How to Take Off Panties Naturally, In Front of Big Audience“ (2019), developed in
collaboration with her colleague Jone San Martin as well as the interdisciplinary performances
“passed present perfect“ (2021) and “Future<void>“ (2022), created in collaboration with Lisanne
Goodhue, Matthias Gruner (video design) and Felix Deufel (sound design).
Drawing from her experience with various approaches to improvisation, she is interested in
developing improvisational tasks and in their instant application during a performative event in
order to deeper understand and react to the relationships in our environment, including its
objects, physical presences and its atmospheres. As a part of this investigation, Ildikó has
engaged in an ongoing exchange with neuroscientist Tommaso Tosato of the Ernst Strüngmann
Institute in Frankfurt who conducts fundamental brain research in the field of visual perception.
She regularly teaches professional training classes and improvisation workshops, at
Tanzplattform Rhein-Main Frankfurt, K3 Hamburg, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Palucca Schule Dresden, the
Hungarian Ballet Academy Budapest, The Playground New York City among others.

Joachim Maudet

Choreographer of the piece ‘WELCOME’, Joachim Maudet will offer a workshop to delve into his research around the relation and dissociation between the voice and the body. Based on somatic practices, guided improvisations and through the technique of ventriloquism, this workshop will invite participants to dive into the imaginary, physical and sound body and touch the double narrative.

Joachim Maudet trained at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris
(CNSMDP) from 2007 until 2012, where he graduated with honours. In parallel, he studied at the
Paris VIII University in the programme of Theatrical Performance Art and in Choreographic Art
(2007–2010). He started working professionally before graduating collaborating with Tatiana Julien
(Cie Interscribo) and Arthur Perole (Cie F). After his graduation, he danced for Akram Khan Dance
Company (UK), the Noord Nederlandse Dans (The Netherlands) as well as the National Dance
Company Wales (UK ).

Back in France in May 2013, Joachim Maudet started to collaborate with several choreographers such
as Samuel Faccioli and Bérengère Fournier (La Vouivre) in “La Belle and Feu”, Christian Ubl in the
piece “Shake It Out”, Léa Tirabasso in the pieces “Love Me Tender” and “The Ephemeral Life of an
Octopus”, Arthur Perole in “Rock’n Chair”, “Ballroom” and “BBB” projects, Ambra Senatore (CCN
Nantes) in the piece “Partita” and with Leonard Rainis and Katell Harterau (Lepole) in several
projects: “Every Little Movement” , “Dances with dinosaurs”, “The perfect moment”, “The WALL”. He is
also an outside eye and assists Chloé Zamboni in her project “Magdalena” and Mathilde Bonicel in
her project “Scappare”.

In parallel with his career as a performer, Joachim Maudet combines his work with running his own
company Les vagues, founded in 2017, with which he explores the relation between voice and body.
He created his first piece “stɔːriz” in 2019, the solo “GIGI” in 2021 and the trio “W̶E̶L̶COME” in 2022. In each of these creations, the body is presented as a multiple communication medium, whose
malleable and inexhaustible material is a source of stories and images.

Between the vocal body and the physical body, projected voices and inner voices, the forms of
expression multiply and dissociate allowing a myriad of possible combinations. Through the
technique of ventriloquism and automatic speech, each of these creations opens up poetic spaces
from which strangeness and absurdity emerge.

Currently, Joachim Maudet is working on his new solo “KID#1”, which starts a series on childhood.

Colleen Thomas: something from nothing/honouring intuition

This is a workshop in exploration – the exploration of essence, individuality, perception and power. Utilising improvisation, while working with an underlying line and grounded technique, and contact partnering, we will sense what stirs our minds and bodies as we explore individual and group process. I am interested in what imprint remains on our bodies, in our movement, in our experience of the moment, and how we relay and connect that to our audience or to the world. We will use embodied cognition to explore the emotionality of focus and space as we devote sensing the moment as a practice.

Colleen Thomas is a 21’ Bessie nominated New York based choreographer and performing artist. Her work as a choreographer and dancer has been presented internationally in Europe, Hong Kong, Estonia, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, and in New York at venues including Danspace Project, La MaMa Theater, DTW, New York Live Arts, The Miller Theater, Danny K. Playhouse, The Harkness Center at the 92nd Street Y, and The Kumble Arts Center. She has worked with renowned contemporary choreographers such as Nina Wiener Dance Company, Donald Byrd/The Group, Bebe Miller Dance Company, and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company among others. In 2008, she founded Colleen Thomas Dance where she serves as artistic director, executive director, choreographer, and performer. She is also co-director, choreographer, and performer with Bill Young/Colleen Thomas & Co, and the co-director and co-curator of the LIT (loft into theater) series at 100 Grand, which supports innovative and experimental work by both emerging and
established artists in an up-close and personal setting. She is currently Chair and Professor of
Professional Practice in Dance at Barnard College of Columbia University.

Her recent research includes: a new work with artists from Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, and USA (premiered at La MaMa Theater in May 2019), a recent published scientific study looking at brain activity in contact improvisers (Goldman, A., Thomas, C., & Sajda, P. [2019]. Contact improvisation dance practice predicts greater mu rhythm desynchronization during action observation. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/aca0000255.), and “light and desire” a premiere in September 2021 at New York Live Arts that looks at women artists during fascist times.