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African Expressive Dance
Creating new body energy
Creation is movement: and the sacred dance arises from the need to identify with the eternal round of the creative forces in the cosmos. In this class the traditional form of the circle is used to bring the students in contact with the energies of the group. It is a meeting point in which we celebrate dance and prepare different ideas and body movements. The foot contact with the ground in connection with the vibration of the pelvis and the extensions of arms unlocks the torso, giving space for repetitive movements.
A moment of releasing the body with the idea of putting some oil in the articulations liberates the joints. With this repetition dancing intensifies awareness, allowing us to say the unspeakable and to get to know the unexplainable, simply from the fact of sharing a movement with the group. Playful exercises will allow diving into a search of body memories making way to a renewal of our personal dance vocabulary. It is a form that reconnects the body with its energy and vitality.
OTHER WORKSHOPS OF Ismael Ivo
A sensation of vitality
"Moving beyond the mechanics and releasing into the intention that drives every movement."
A careful warm up not only prepares muscles and joints for rigorous movements but focuses your mind and energy. This class is inspired on the modern dance technique created by Lester Horton in combination with an organic form of exercises aimed to the quality of your relaxation, breathing, and rhythm. There is an incorporation of meditative exercises, each of which increases bodily awareness and sensitivity. Special attention is given to the flow of movement from verticality, spirals and ground touching. A simple movement at the moment you bend your knees brings the energy in the body to radiate up and out creating a sensation of vitality. The idea is to use the ligaments in the body as elastic bands and imagine water on the functions of joint articulations. Furthermore a special attention is given to increase the flexibility and release in the upper torso, a sharpness of movement of arms and legs. A session of improvisation is introduced. The awareness of the body movement encounters the joy of flow. A choreographic sequence is devised. Prepare the body and free the mind for the richness of movement experience.
ARTISTBIO: Ismael Ivo
"Ismael Ivo studied drama and dance in Brazil and performed there as a solo dancer, before being invited to New York by Alvin Ailey in 1983. There he continued creating and performing solo works [...], in which the charismatic intensity and sculptural power of this style brought him an international reputation. [...]"
(Oxford Dictionary of Dance, Oxford University Press)
Important impulse for the development of his distinctive style was the close collaboration with Márcia Haydée, Japanese Butoh dancer Ushio Amagatsu, leader of Sankai Juku Company, and with Johann Kresnik, the pioneer of German Dance Theatre.
Worldwide premieres and tours with his 50 feature-length choreographies until now made Ismael Ivo a protagonist of European Dance Theatre. His artistic interest in the research of the Performative Body concept resulted in joined projects with artists like Heiner Mueller, George Tabori and Marina Abramovic. His work with Yoshi Oida was awarded Outstanding Performance of the Year in London. Besides substantial work as choreographer and dancer, his activities as director of festivals and cultural institutions are further creative focal points.
In 1984 Ismael Ivo and Karl Regensburger founded ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival, in the meantime Europe's largest dance festival, which he is still leading as representative and artistic director. For this activity he was honoured with the Golden Cross of Merit of Vienna, Austria.
The German National Theatre in Weimar appointed Ismael Ivo as chief-choreographer and director of the dance company from 1997 to 2000.
Between 2005 and 2012 he was director of the International Festival of Contemporary Dance and the Dance Department of La Biennale di Venezia in Venice. His innovative festival programme and activities were multiple-awarded in Italy. He introduced the Golden Lion for Dance at La Biennale di Venezia, which was presented to Pina Bausch, Jiří Kylián, Carolyn Carlson, William Forsythe and Sylvie Guillem. With the task to upgrade professional formation on a national base in Italy, in 2009 he founded the Contemporary Dance Research Centre Arsenale della Danza, which was included in the constitution as a permanent activity of La Biennale di Venezia in 2011. From 2013 onwards the project for the Formation of Excellence in Dance is continued in Vienna and São Paulo under the name Biblioteca do Corpo. In 2013 Ismael Ivo was appointed visiting professor by Max-Reinhardt-Seminar, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
Ismael Ivo's cultural achievement was acknowledged by the presentation of The Order of Cultural Merit of the Federative Republic of Brazil in 2010.
Since 2017 Ismael Ivo is the artistic director of Balé da Cidade de São Paulo.
In November 2017 he was appointed a Co-Intendant of the São Paulo Opera House together with the music conductor Roberto Minczuk. Also in November 2017 he was awarded with the Medal of São Paulo and Trófeu Raça Negra.