Overview: This class is designed to improve dancers’ kinesthetic fine tuning, space
awareness, and stamina. Conscious breathing lays the groundwork for a clearer understanding
of three dimensional and voluminous physicality. Based on floor work and dynamic standing
sequences, we will aim to create a receptive and available body, capable of truly perceiving
itself as it moves.
The development of technical skills is sustained by a reflective practice, where an analytical
approach to physicality is given space and encouraged. Exercises promote versatility,
offering the possibility to work on diverse qualities. Awareness is brought to specific motoric
initiations, working with different forces, rhythmicality and space engagement.
Format: The class begins with exercises focused on preparing the body and mind for physical
work. Warming up consists of diverse tasks to promote blood circulation, global mobilization
and the strengthening of core muscles. Physically engaging somatic practices and
conditioning are prioritized in this section.
As the class develops, we will dive into more complex floor and standing phrases. Both
forms are connected, and focus on strategic corporal organization, injury prevention,
choreographic versatility and clear execution.
Alma Edelstein graduated from the Anton Bruckner University (IDA) in Linz, Austria. Previously, in her
hometown Buenos Aires, she studied at the National Ballet School and at the Contemporary Dance
School of the Teatro Nacional San Martin.
Joining Norrdans in 2006 as an understudy, she continued her professional career at the
Choreographic Centre Linz, Landestheater Linz, Landestheater Coburg, Stadttheater Hildesheim,
Landestheater Flensburg and Theater Hagen. Some choreographers Alma worked with are Carlos
Matos, Gerda Köning, Ramon Oller, Alfonso Palencia, Teresa Ranieri, Milli Bitterly, Rose Breuss,
Katja Erdmann-Rajski and Adriana Barenstein, among others. Alma also worked in Köln with DIN
A13 Dance Company (Wachsfabrik) and presently, she is performing with TanzSpeicher directed by
Thomas Kopp in Würzburg.
In 2014 she became a resident choreographer at the Centro Cultural Borges (ARG) and
simultaneously a guest teacher at the University of Arts of Buenos Aires. Alma has been awarded with
several grants for creations by the cultural affairs office of Buenos Aires and Air France. On her
earlier years she was also sponsored by the Foundation Pierino Ambrosoli of Switzerland to
participate at the Prix de Lausanne (SW). She was awarded with the Grand Prix Artistique (public’s
prize) at Biarritz international Ballet competition and with the 1st place at the Gran Latinoamericano
de la Danza (ARG).
In 2015, t ogether with the media artist James Hudson, she co-founded ST VITO - a multimedia
project that fuses interactive technology, dance, live music and visuals. ST VITO in collaboration with
recognised musicians from Berlin and Vienna has performed in different venues in Europe, including
the Electric Spring festival in Vienna and Monodrama festival in Luxemburg; in Berlin, at the
Sophiensaele, Spektrum Gallery, Bauhaus Archive, and at the Tonali Fest 2018 in Hamburg.
In January 2018 Alma was invited by the University of Oslo to give a presentation about ST VITO at
the symposium “Young Creators”.
Between 2017 and 2018 Alma has taught workshops in Australia, Canary Islands, Argentina and Peru.
Since August 2017, Alma is a Master of Arts student of the work-study program in dance pedagogy at
the Palucca University of Dance Dresden, specializing in professional dance education.