The Dynamic Body - I am interested in how we build an active and dynamic body from the inside out. One that is responsive, reactive, sensitive, and intelligent. We begin by building a presence and relationship between two spaces: our internal space (bones, muscles, articulations) and our external space (the environment in which we exist). The process starts by noticing sensations and energetic pathways in our body. This is done through a combination of alignment exercises, which are supported by the guiding rhythm of the breath, the weight of our skeletal structure and our connection with the floor. Class progresses into specific exploratory improvisations allowing us the chance to discover, play and surprise ourselves in our capacity for movement. Aspects from the improvisations are accumulated to inform set exercises which than develop into larger choreographic phrases. Awareness is built from head to toe, toe to head, inward to outward, up to down always with an understanding and awareness of where movement initiates from, where it travels and how it can exist within our bodies and within space. The aim is for the dancer to become a clear and powerful vessel of expression, where alertness is established within the whole body and the union between the dancer and his/her dancing is an ever-evolving inseparable relationship.
As a dancer, a teacher, and an improviser Ilana’s background and influences are based in Afro-Brazilian dance/Capoeira, Release Technique, Somatics and movement improvisation. From 2004-2012, she was based in the United States where she worked with numerous dance companies. Her longest collaboration was with Brazilian choreographer Augusto Soledade in Miami, Florida. She toured nationally and internationally with the company serving as rehearsal director, repertory teacher and dancer. From 2008-2012 she was awarded four artistic scholarships through the State of Florida and City of Miami to study with choreographer Christine Brunel in Essen, Germany and The Bill T Jones and Arnie Zane Dance Company in New York. In 2012, she relocated to Berlin to continue her research in contemporary dance practices and performance. In the spring of 2013, Ilana co-founded, along with seven other international artists, Lake Studios Berlin, an artist initiated rehearsal/performance space. In the summer of 2013, Ilana was an artist-in-residence at OMI-International Art Center in New York, where she worked and collaborated with six other dance artists from around the world. She currently teaches profi-training classes at Tanzfabrik and movement coaching to actors at Die Etage.