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Manuela Lucia Tessi

Profitraining

Tone and musicality

I have an interest in movement prior to dance as a formal language, I believe that content and functionality provide form. I look for sensuosness and embodiment in dance, often referring to kinesthetic empathy, how is the movement being read by the spectator not solely with the eyes and intellect, but perceived on a visceral level.
These two weeks my main focus will be the musicality of movement and how to achieve precision and articulation through clarity in phrasing , pausing, attack and accent. I draw inspiration from my experience and passion of working with live music in performance. The musicality of movement informs its physicality and vice versa: we will investigate movement qualities and intentions and deepen the relationship movement/time. Weaving in and out of set material, with special attention on the phrasing, we will explore movement principles, and movement combinations built on those. In the combinations one movement is calling organically the next one, in a way that the memorization of movement pathways feels logical to the body organization.
The warm up is activating the deeper musculature closer to the bones and the spine to help softening the outer layer of muscles, gaining more freedom and range in movement access. Through floorwork we will strengthen the core and gain ease and speed. We will study different ways to relate to the ground, raising and falling in an effortless yet dynamic way and constantly changing the tone of the body.
We will apply principles of floorwork as well in the standing part, working with spirals, weight and sequenciality.
A lot of attention is directed to the relation spine to limbs: how important is to raise awareness in the spine and torso as main generator of movement to allow the limbs to be free, articulate, precise and expressive in space.

Foto: Lindsey Appolis


Manuela Tessi Born in Milano, Italy, I live in the Netherlands since 1999. I hold a degree in dance from the Theaterschool in Amsterdam (Modern Theatre Dance department) and have spent the last several years creating, performing and teaching. Live music, whether composed or improvised, has played an important role in my performance work in the last 13 years. Since 2004 I have studied and worked with Katie Duck, who has been one of my greatest creative influences alongside the many dancers and musicians who have collaborated with her.
Since 2014 I collaborate with flutist Friederike Wendorf in Berlin, creating the project Musiktanznulldreissig, a series of performances and sessions aimed at fostering the collaboration between live music and dance in performance.
I lead two similar projects in Amsterdam (Music Dance Performance Series) and Cape Town (Music Dance 021)Some of the most recent projects include two solo works created for me by Vincent Cacialano and Paul Estabrook, a choreography for Ikaros , a piece by composer Aspasia Nasopoulou for November Music Festival 2018 a Berlin quartet with flutist Friederike Wendorf, dancer Mata Sakka and pianist Rieko Okuda, a Dutch based duo with guitarist Arvind Ganga and a Cape Town quartet with dancers Thalia Laric , Kristina Johnston and pianist Coila-Leah Enderstein. In 2015 I created The Weight of Words , a performance installation that investigated the relationship between figure, movement and projected text.
I teach dance technique (floorwork) at the Fontys Dansacademie in Tilburg, improvisation at Theatreschool Amsterdam, Dansdrift den Haag, Buitenkunst and movement and improvisation at annual Summer Course lead by Katie Duck.
https://manuelalucia.com/
www.musicdance.net
See works at
https://manuelalucia.com/videos/

 

 

 

DOCK 11
Montag
Contemporary Dance for Professionals
10.00 - 11.30 Uhr
DOCK 11 Saal1

Dienstag
Contemporary Dance for Professionals
10.00 - 11.30 Uhr
DOCK 11 Saal1

Mittwoch
Contemporary Dance for Professionals
10.00 - 11.30 Uhr
DOCK 11 Saal1

Donnerstag
Contemporary Dance for Professionals
10.00 - 11.30 Uhr
DOCK 11 Saal1

Freitag
Contemporary Dance for Professionals
10.00 - 11.30 Uhr
DOCK 11 Saal1