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The centre of the body as the origin of dynamics
Jose's technique class is fast paced and aims to improve stamina through precise and simple movement patterns. The principles of the class are influenced by a diversity of traditional forms such as Kathak, Flamenco and martial arts, which are brought into a contemporary dance context.
The initial warm-up is followed by more complex movement material with a dynamic focus on the concept of "attack and release". The technique allows joints to relax and energy to flow with maximum efficiency. Jose often uses counts to influence the dynamic of the movement and spinning to engage the core.
All of this work prepares the body to travel, exploring the broadest movement in space, whilst making fast, clean transitions from large to detailed movement. This is an energetic class, focusing on intention, clarity and extreme physicality.
OTHER WORKSHOPS OF Jose Agudo
Contemporary Flamenco spirit
Participants will experience the fundamentals of Flamenco dance such as rhythm, expressive use of the arms and footwork, and then explore how those skills may be brought into contemporary dance. After the warm-up there will be an opportunity to learn Jose’s repertoire and play with the spontaneous aspects of Flamenco. There will be space to improvise with these rhythm patterns and techniques. Most importantly, we will encourage each other to have fun and let go into the groove and warmth of the contemporary Flamenco spirit.
Play with musicality
Jose’s workshop focuses on rhythm, composition and how to collaborate with composers. Participants will have fun learning rhythmical patterns of Jose’s repertoire, which is strongly influenced by Kathak and Flamenco forms and brought into a contemporary dance context. We will look at deconstructing these rhythms to play with musicality and improvisation.
Suitable for choreographers, professional and vocational level dancers.
Participants will learn repertoire from Jose’s current touring production, Silk Road, which is inspired by the rituals and journeys along nomadic routes from China to the Iberian Peninsular. The repertoire is strongly influenced by Flamenco, Kathak and contemporary dance forms. There will be elements of learning taught material as well as task-based exercises to create movement material.
Silk Road will be presented at ImPulsTanz 2019!
ARTISTBIO: Jose Agudo
As a rehearsal director and assistant choreographer Jose has worked on several creations for Akram Khan Company, including DESH, iTMOi, TOROBAKA, Until the Lions, Chotto Desh, London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony, and Sylvie Guillem’s farewell tour Life in Progress.
Jose’s independent choreographic commissions include, Ki for Phoenix Dance Theatre; Selah and Carmen for ZfinMalta Dance Ensemble; A Thousand Shepherds for ACE Dance and Music, later restaged with Cape Dance Company, amongst several other creations. Most recently, Jose opened his sell-out production Silk Road, a stunning triple bill of Flamenco, Kathak and contemporary dance, which toured throughout 2018/2019.
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