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Laura Aris (BE/ES)

Laura Aris is a performer, choreographer and recognised international teacher. She has been leading contemporary dance workshops worldwide since 2001. Between 1999 and 2008 she was a dancer of Ultima Vez/Wim Vandekeybus. Previously she has been part of the dance company Lanònima Imperial/Juan Carlos García and associated with General Elèctrica artists collective, in Barcelona. In the past thirteen years Laura has developed a rich body of work, leading commissioned projects, creating several solos and many collaborative performances.

“As teacher and as artist, I am committed to sharing thoughts, questions, tips, and accumulated experiences that inspire and encourage others – hopefully enhancing a collective, intellectual curiosity. Through my years of teaching, I have learned to seek out a balance between goals relating to technical mastery and abilities of individual students to make their own choices, reflect deeply, discover anew, develop personae, and encounter imaginary universes.

Teaching requires a dynamic interplay between what is happening inside the teacher's mind and what happens with the group in the room. The act of teaching and my professional artistic practice has for long been interconnected: They are in constant relation and evolving together. I often borrow ideas from my artistic work according to how relevant they are on a pedagogical level. I then invent work sessions and exercises that support the mechanisms and technical needs of the scenic idea. I select some concepts that can be taken out of context and embodied by other bodies, other minds – keeping the essence but also becoming filters for new, freshly arising materials. Teaching has undeniably become an important part of my professional life. Now, I strongly believe that the relationships between the act of teaching and one’s artistic practice is often undervalued.”

Last update biography: 08.04.2021

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