1 - 5 Aug 2016

Flying low

Milan Herich > Flying low

This workshop focuses mainly on the dancer’s relationship with the floor. The class utilizes simple movement patterns that involve breathing, speed and the release of energy throughout the body in order to activate the relationship between the center and the joints, moving in and out of the ground more efficiently by maintaining a centered state. There is a focus on the skeletal structure that will help improve the dancers physical perception and alertness. The class includes partnering work and movement phrases, which explore the primary laws of physics: cohesion and expansion.

The class begins in stillness and students are asked to read their body in a standing position. They are urged to connect their entire body with the environment: the air, floor, and the energy of others, forming an interconnection by just standing. When you are standing, the whole room is standing. This stillness jumps to running and passing through each other, running forward backward and around creating a dance web. The highways of the room are warming up. When you are moving, the whole room is moving.

The body is constantly spiraling, whether running or standing. These spirals help the dancers into the floor and out of the floor. These spirals already exist; this workshop focuses on finding them. The spirals help the dancer see themselves and the room from all sides. The dancer knows what is behind him/her as he/she goes forward. To activate these spirals, students locate their center and move all of their joints from this center. Arms, legs, hands, toes, elbows, feet become extensions of the center. The spirals propel the class all over the room, both on the ground and upright. This is the flying low techniques

Born in 1980, started his first dance steps in the Slovak traditional children’s dance company Dumbier, where he stayed for 12 years, graduating in 2000. He studied at the Conservatory J.L.Bella in Banska Bystrica. After school, Milan continued his work in the professional company “Dance Studio”, lead by Z.Hajkova. In September 2002, he left the University of Arts in Bratislava to enter the international school P.A.R.T.S., headed by Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker in Brussels. Mino joined Ultima Vez – Wim Vandekeybus for 'Puur', creation 2005. In 2007 he joined the Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui company to create 'Myth'. Since 2000, Milan has been assisting David Zambrano’s classes and workshops (Impulstanz Vienna) and he is permanently collaborating with different projects: '12 flies went out at noon', '3 flies went out at noon', 'Rabbit project', 'Soul Project', 'Holes'. Milan Herich is co-founder of Les SlovaKs Dance Collective. Opening Night was created in October 2007 and Journey Home in November 2009, The Concert -live concert of traditional music and singing was created in 2010, in March 2013 their last show Fragments. In March 2013 Milan joined the Anton Lachky company for creation: 'Mind A Gap'. After 8 years (2013) Milan joined the company of Ultima Vez in performance: 'Booting Looting'. In 2014 Mino created for his first solo called 'A Solo for Mr.Folk' -directed by David Zambrano.

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