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Aerial Silk Dance Expression

This technique combines the many experiences Natalia gained in different fields of dance, wherein she always renewed herself and creatively altered her technique. This method allows us to explore the space in the air and on the ground from a dance perspective, with its varied artistic and expressive possibilities. It is a fusion of the two levels as they are: earth and air, low and high, resulting in a routine that will be developed throughout the week. This will prepare participants, regardless of prior experience and age, for the possibility of stage performances and choreographic compositions.

Structure of the training sessions:
• Dynamic warm-up: A mixture of contemporary dance and physical theatre exercises, activating the muscles, focusing on rhythm and music.
• Floor work: Using gravity and employing body parts as motion vectors.
• Semi-acrobatic figures on the ground, preparatory exercises and advanced sequences.
• Dynamic combinations with the silks from the ground, focusing on arms, shoulders and the back. During this process, we will perform inverts, scissors and pigeon sequences.

• Basic climbing techniques, basic foot knot, etc.
• Sequences in the knot and variations: focusing on technique, creativity and empowerment. Practice of the knot close to the ground the introduction of dance moves and correct positioning fundamental to this discipline.
• Aerial Contemporary Dance: different figures and transitions on the Silk.
• Choreographic composition: The fusion of all the different things learned during the session (aerial and floor work), in order to set up a scenic presentation.

ARTISTBIO: Natalia Catanea

Natalia Catanea is the artistic director of the IMHERE Company and the director, owner and teacher of the first aerial dance school in Vienna IMHERE. She has twelve years of experience in the fields of aerial arts, Physical Theatre, aerial acrobatics, contemporary dance, Contact Improvisation, and body language. Her avid interest in art and the exploration of bodily capabilities led her to practice of all these activities. Her classes are a selection of her years of experience in the world of contemporary dance as well as in aerial dance. Her artistic sense, passion for art, and love for teaching have led her to create the classes she now teaches. She is skilled in working in staging, choreographic composition, and artistic expression. Natalia regularly teaches at Studio Harmonic (Paris) and IMHERE (Vienna). Last year she worked on her first piece "BILINGUAL", a mix of aerial dance, Physical Theatre and contemporary dance, which was presented at Dschungel Wien and received great reviews. Currently, she is working on a new dance short film called "HOME,” to be presented next year in cinemas.


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