Developed by Anouk van Dijk, Countertechnique provides tools for body and mind to deal with the demanding dance practice of the 21st century. It is a movement system to help the dancer think about the dancing body, focusing on the process of incorporating information into action. Within a clear structure of exercises, the Countertechnique class thoroughly prepares the body for rehearsal and performance, enabling dancers to move bigger, more fluidly and more spatially, while becoming stronger and more flexible.
By continuously and sequentially directing and counter directing parts of the body through space, Countertechnique allows the moving dancer to work with an ever changing dynamic balance. This dynamic balance reduces the pressure on the overall body structure and can be changed at any given moment. The consistent use of the counter direction in all movements is key to the technique; both the awareness and application of this principle is trained throughout the Countertechnique class.
Elita Cannata is an Italian dancer and Countertechnique teacher, currently based in Italy. She graduated from Rotterdam Dance Academy / Codarts in the Netherlands with a BA in dance in 2007. During and after her graduation she danced and performed for José Navas, Megumi Nakamura, Anoukvandijk dc, Cathy Sharp Ensemble, Compagnia Tpo, Tan Temel, Samuele Cardini, Marina Giovannini and Lynsey Peisinger among others. In 2011 she got her MA in Theories of Performing Arts at the Università degli Studi in Bologna. Next to her dance projects she also collaborated for Festivals and dance organisations in Italy, such as Fabbrica Europa, Festival dei Popoli, Middle East Festival and Openflr. From 2014 she is a Countertechnique teacher, happily sharing this essential encounter of her life with the dancers she meets.