Conference

Training Contemporary
© Silvano Ballone

Training Contemporary

Among the techniques that will be appropriated, contemporary training will be held in Horton technique and according to the methodology of Sigard Leeder.

Teachers: Stacey Denham, Raymond Hilbert

Venue: Ballettzenturm Hamburg John Neumeier, Caspar-Voght-Straße 54, 20535 Hamburg

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Training Ballet
© Kiran West

Training Ballet

The classical training of the School of the Hamburg Ballet is based on the Vaganova method and is used individually by the teachers of the school to build the focus of the training.
John Neumeier, speaking about the School of the Hamburg Ballet: “As a choreographer I have created a company with a unique image and founded a school that combines two important elements. A school with and without its own style. The school has its own style because it is closely associated with the Hamburg Ballet and with myself as its chief choreographer. It is also without a particular style because we offer a solid, all-round dance education. This training equips young dancers with the tools required to establish themselves in the dance world of today, preparing them for a fulfilling professional life.”

Teachers: Gigi Hyatt, Kevin Haigen

Venue: Ballettzentrum Hamburg John Neumeier, Caspar-Voght-Straße 54, 20535 Hamburg

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Do-Shop Programme

In this Biennale, we concentrate on being and creating together in all themes and methods. For this reason, we have decided to call the workshops Do-Shops.
Please find below an overview of the Do-Shop programme which takes place from Tuesday, 18 February to Saturday, 22 February from 15:00 to 17:30 at Kampnagel, Do-Shop #9 on Feb. 19 starts at 11:00. A variation of the programme builds Thursday, Feb. 20 with the symposium. No further Do-Shops will take place on this day.
Students take part in the Do-Shops#1 to #8 and teachers join the Do-Shop #9, whereas the symposium can be attended by teachers and students together.
When: Feb. 18 to 22, 15:00 to 17:30, symposium on Feb. 20, 15:00 to 17:30
Where: Kampnagel, Jarrestraße 20, 22303 Hamburg

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Atelier 3
Yondering © J. Flügel

Atelier 3

Yondering

Participants work on an excerpt from John Neumeier’s ballet: Yondering.
In 1996, John Neumeier choreographed the Ballet Yondering for Canada’s National Ballet School to the music of Stephen Foster. The title was chosen from pioneering days in America, when the first settlers made their way in the unknown west und discovered a new country. They left their familiar surroundings and everything they knew behind, looked “over yonder” and went beyond this frontier although nobody knew what to expect. This journey and the courage going beyond this frontier was known as “Yondering”. The link between the word and the ballet Yondering manifests itself in the fact that John Neumeier choreographed this ballet only for students to perform and not for professional dancers.
Most of the students who dance Yondering are facing their own frontier. They have almost completed their training and are about to begin their first engagement in a professional company. These students are also looking “over yonder”, looking towards their new world as professional dancers. Only these students at this time in their lives have the ability to express the feelings of this ballet. The lyrics and Thomas Hampson’s interpretation accentuate the deep emotion and the innocence of youth.

Teacher: Kevin Haigen

Feb 18 + 19, 11-12 am

Venue: Ballettzentrum

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Atelier 1
Orphee et Eurydice © Kiran West

Atelier 1

Dancing with a company

Participants work on an excerpt from John Neumeier’s repertoire: Orphée et Eurydice.
John Neumeier has always exceeded common expectations by not letting himself be defined solely as an artist in the role of a choreographer. With the premiere of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice at the Lyric Opera Chicago in 2017, he directed the opera as well as taking the responsibility of the choreography, the stage design, costume and lighting design – thus enabling an unexpected fusion of ballet and opera. The inspiration for this innovative production was the Parisian version of 1774, for which the composer provided extensive dance performances.
For John Neumeier, however, the dynamic coupling of music and dance is not an end in itself. His modern adaptation of the plot framework is inspired by Gluck’s idea of making human emotions intuitively tangible: “We have all had experiences of loss –even if they do not reach the dimensions of madness that I think can be shown in ‘Orphée’.”

Teacher: Janusz Mazoń

Feb 18 + 19, 11-12 am

Venue: Ballettzentrum

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AK|T Meeting

Programmatic and organizational topics, preparation of AKIT spokesman’s choice, exchange about future biennial formats and the general goals of the biennial. For teachers of the AK|T member institutions.

Moderation: Peter Boragno, Nik Haffner

18.02., 3 pm – 6 pm, Kampnagel

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Do-Shop #1 (students only)
Omar Rajeh © Jörg Letz

Do-Shop #1 (students only)

Omar Rajeh: MaQaM – Spaces of Inspiration | The Plurality of the Body

Instead of looking at the body as one entity with one centre, the body represents an interactive relationship of ‘bodies’ giving it its dynamics, presence, and meaning. It focuses on centres of dynamics that could be seen as centres of attention and communication. Creating spaces of inspiration that are framed, mutated, and dissolved in time, is a central concept of this approach. The MaqaM aims to introduce a broader concept of choreography and dance based on inner impulses of presence rather than pure physical forms. Movement becomes an urgency for being and for the generation of meaning rather than for showing forms and exhibiting representations.
Omar Rajeh is artistic director of Maqamat, founder of BIPOD and founder and artistic director of Citerne Beirut. He is a critically acclaimed choreographer and dancer as well as a leading figure of contemporary dance in the Arab World. Based in Beirut, Omar Rajeh | Maqamat has performed over 19 choreographic works in major European, regional and international theatres and festivals.
Where: Kampnagel, Jarrestraße 20, 22303 Hamburg
When: Feb. 18/19/21/22, 3 pm

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Do-Shop #2 (students only)

Eylül Fidan Akinci: history / herstory of dance

They story of dance through time how it is told is still limited to certain people, areas, dimensions. What are alternative ways of narration and different references? You will develop your own way of telling the story of past times and today – may it be in dance or other.
Where: Kampnagel, Jarrestraße 20, 22303 Hamburg
When: Feb. 18/19/21/22, 3 pm

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Do-Shop #3 (students only)

Bernd Kroschewski / Brontez Purnell: DI whY?

There are no rules in punk. But you know what you are fighting for, no matter if you have the skills to do it or not. This Do-Shop is about the will and the energy to do the things you need to do without the confirmation of the market. Your concept of virtuosity ain ́t ours.
Where: Kampnagel, Jarrestraße 20, 22303 Hamburg
When: Feb. 18/19/21/22, 3 pm

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Do-Shop #2a/#3a (students only)

Tim Reuscher: Zine

Comic, fanzine etc. have their own way of storytelling. Zines are easily made and distributed. Tim Reuscher from NACHLADEN in Hamburg will give a lecture about the history of zine and a practical introduction to the production of zines. The Do-Shops #2: history / herstory of dance and #3 DI whY? make use of that technique to enrich their process.

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