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JOHANNA FIGL & MARTINA RÖSLER
Power Animals (8+)
This amazing animal lives inside of you and me
Who would not like to have an indestructible, loyal buddy? In this workshop, we are looking for nothing less than our power animals, expecting them to be at our side in various life situations and exploring their (and thus our own) uniqueness. Together we go in search of our fortitude and awaken our zest for life. Using kinesiology, we find inner balance and poise and explore our strengths through dance. We examine the elements earth, metal, water, wood and re- and discover our personal power animals. A bird is not just a bird, just like a child is not just a child. How exactly does the eagle, and how the albatross? What are the special abilities of one and the other? How exactly does the movement language of a hedgehog look like? Which music could be suitable? The different forms of movement and body shapes inspire us to improvisations and choreographies. Soon, the bark beetle and the wild boar will dance in peaceful resistance and the bear will contribute with a tap dance.
ARTISTBIO: Johanna Figl
Johanna Figl studied theatre, film and media in Vienna and Bologna. She is working as a dance and theatre dramaturge for a. o. Tina Leisch, Johan De Smet, Ives Thuwis, Joke Laureyns & Kwint Manshoven, Karl Wozek, Joost Koning, Melika Ramic, Hanni Westphal, Martina Rösler (Das ist ja ein Ding Stella 2015 – Outstanding production for children), Simon Mayer, Magdalena Chowaniec, Ulduz Ahmadzadeh.
Between 2006 and 2012 she worked at SZENE BUNTE WÄHNE (performing arts for young audiences), where she took over the artistic direction, dramaturgy, concept development and direction of the mediation after two years in the programming team. In 2012, she founded together with Julia Tauber-Lewisch TRIP THE LIGHT FANTASTIC, a funding platform, which in her view has long been due, for choreographers and performers for young audiences. Between 2012 and 2015 she took over touring and PR for the Belgian dance companies Kabinet K and Nevski Prospekt. Between 2013 and 2018 she worked at ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival in the video, social media and web editorial department. Further she is organising and supporting initiatives, which create free access to the cultural life of Vienna for refugees.
Since 2016, she has been completing her 3-year training as a psychosomatic, academic kinesiologist for the ÖAKG.
Her most recent performance projects with choreographer Ulduz Ahmadzadeh: Under Cover (concept and dramaturgy) was premiered in May 2019 and Force majeure had an online premiere in spring 2021 at Tanzquartier Wien.
Another project she is planning is the construction of a healing art centre for children.
Last update: 08.04.2021
ARTISTBIO: Martina Rösler
Martina Rösler is a freelancing choreographer, performer and teacher in Vienna. She studied contemporary dance at the MUK (Conservatory of Vienna) with an exchange semester at the Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul. She completed Theatre, Film and Media Studies at the University in Vienna. In 2011 she received the danceWEB scholarship at ImPulsTanz, in 2012 the START scholarship for performing arts of the Federal Chancellery. She is a member of the Viennese theatre collective makemake productions, winning her the STELLA award for the "best production for children" in 2015 qwith the performance "Das ist ja ein Ding". In addition she works with different people in different contexts. As a performer she worked with a.o. Isabelle Schad and Eva-Maria Schaller. As a choreographer she also worked at the Volkstheater in Vienna and as a teacher at the Master of Arts Education at the MUK (Music and Arts Private University of the City of Vienna). She realised numerous dance and arts mediation projects such as for: SCHÄXPIR Festival, Tanzwerkstatt Wien, ASSITEJ Austria, Dschungel Wien, KinderuniKunst, KulturKontakt Austria.
Last update: 17.03.2018