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Jenny Ocampo

The method of the class is based on improvisation as a strategy to work with images, internal states, physicality and own language of movement. It is based as well on composing instantly with movement, taking awareness of each movement´s presence in space and time. The practice conceives the body as a multisensory body that makes its surrounding a part of it. The extent here expresses itself through movement, which depends on the way one draws space through perception and imagination. The participants have the opportunity to approach and practice the art of composing at the moment. A work whose technique and tools are not based on the aesthetic, but on the kinesthetic and that deepens the relationship of inner and outer worlds into dance and performance.


Jenny Ocampo is choreographer, dancer, mentor, and dance scholar based in Berlin. She was born in Colombia and moved to Germany where she received her dance degree at the Folkwang, University of Arts, in Essen. During this period, she was chosen by the choreographer Pina Bausch to dance her icon pieces Sacre du Printemps and Tannhäuser. Currently, she is completing her (M.A) in Dance Studies at the Free University in Berlin, expanding her choreographic work into the field of science and dance theory. She worked for several years as solo dancer for the Dance Theater Company at the Theater in Münster. Since 2009, she has been working independently, doing her own projects as well as collaboration with other artists and theaters of the free scene in Germany and South America. Together with the choreographer Marcela Ruiz and the director Philip Grüneberg, she founded their company Hidden Tracks. The company have created international productions co-produced by the Colombian and German government, performed in festivals and theatres in both countries, such as the Theater im Pumpenhaus in Münster, FFT Düsseldorf, DOCK 11 in Berlin, LOFFT Leipzig, Zeche 1 Bochum, among others. Parallel to this collaboration, Jenny has been developing her own choreographic work in Berlin since 2013. Mirage (2016), Damp Sheets (2017) and The Canvas (2017) are among some of them. She explores the body as a significant filter in our relationship with the otherness. Her method is based on improvisation that intertwines perception of inner and outer worlds into dance and performance. www.jennieocampo.com


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