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Sonya Levin


Warm up What does it mean to warm up? Whatever it is for you, warm up is a very important part of the whole thing. We have to figure out together what we really need to do in order to dive into experience of the body practice. What to do in order to make ourselves become present and alert? We will try several different ways to warm up and concentrate on the further practice.
Exercises We are going to practice various exercises that I found useful first of all for coordination and also for development of the consciousness. Special relations within the body and between body and space as well as partnering, individual work, group work, somatic practice etc. will be included.
Improvisation Most of the exercises that I'd like to practice are based on improvisation tasks, which will give us some space to find the right use of those principals in our favorite movements.
Daily art Eventually I would like to practice, lets call it daily art - some special moments that we want to experience in an easy daily practice. We will try to find the way to create something new every day and get inspired from that. We have to practice how this concept works in our case and how to be able to leave the room for that magic to happen.

Sonya Levin studied dance in Moscow at Alexander Shishkin School of Contemporary Dance; Nikolay Ogryzkov School of Contemporary Dance; Butoh dance technique at the Theater- School of Dramatic Art of Anatoliy Vasilyev; has academy degrees in performance and choreography (SEAD Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance). She worked with: Na.sH dance theater (RU), BDDC dance company (RU), PO.V.S.Tanze dance company (RU), Monkey Production dance company (RU), choreographer Diego Gil (NL) and participated as an independent artist in various international art projects in Russia and Europe. As a choreographer she had worked on several plays in drama theaters, such as: Theater DOC.(Moscow); Sarajevo National Theater; Künstlerhaus (Salzburg); Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus; Center of dramatic art and direction (Moscow). In 2008 and 2009 she was an artist in residence in Tsekh Dance Agency (Moscow). There she produced two solo pieces Blackout and The Superman’s Last Supper. Later, during her studies in Austria, Sonya created four pieces as a choreographer: The Day Before, Leck Mich Im Arsch, Rocking Stars and The Game Has No  Name. Her works had been shown on: International Theater Festival MESS (Sarajevo); Lucky Trimmer (Berlin); 100Grad Berlin Festival; Zürcher Theater Spektakel; Month of Performance-Art Berlin; ACT Festival (Bilbao); International Non-Verbal Theatre Festival PERSONAL PROFILE (Moscow); Plums fest (Moscow); TsEKh Moskva – Berlin Contemporary Dance Festival (Berlin); New Faces – New Dances 2011 (Salzburg). The piece The Day Before was awarded with the Best Performer in Dance at ACT Festival in Bilbao, Spain. In 2012 Sonya was invited to be a part of the jury team of Lucky Trimmer dance festival (Berlin). Sonya currently works as freelance choreographer, performer and teacher in Europe and Russia. Since 2011 based in Berlin.