The movement by Luis Marrafa, is supported by a layer of mechanical and organic processes that not only give rise to an abstraction movement of a structured discourse but also sketch a perspective between the functionality of the body and the effect of the technical application “dance technique”.
The music in relation with Movement - Phenomena that complete each other, has an essential aspect in his working process.
Bio - Luis Marrafa
Born and lived in Germany, moved to Portugal, passed through England and currently lives and works in Belgium, Brussels since 2009. Graduated at the Escola Superior de Dança in Lisbon. He’s the co-founder of the dance company MARRAFA and the dance studio StairCase.studio Brussels.
Luis creates and produces his own works as a choreographer, dancer and sound composer. He has been invited to various dance schools and professional companies as a dance teacher and choreographer.
Artists who taught in StairCase.studio Brussels
Agostina D’Alessandro (ARG/BE) is a contemporary dancer, improvisor, teacher and choreographer. In 2005 she established herself in Brussels and started working as a performer with T.R.A.S.H Company (Holland) in the following productions: PORK-IN-LOOP and ZOFIA, performing in Hollande, Belgium, Spain and France until 2011. In 2009 she joined Julyen Hamilton Company- Allen’s Line, performing the pieces MUD LIKE GOLD (2017), Sand & Vision (Brussels-2016), LOCAL TALK (Paris,Bruxelles & Strasbourg-IMPREVU Festival-2013), LE VOYAGE (Paris,Brussels-2010) and THE ARRIVAL (Brussels-2009). She also participated in several projects such as: Les Ballet du Grand Maghreb by Ana Stegnar & Saïd Gharbi, SUPERAMAS; Koshro Adibi IPL (International Performers Laboratory) and studied with several companies and teachers.
Agostina is a co-founder of SoloConversations Dance Collective active since 2007. In March 2016 the collective premiered their last piece The Grave is Yawning directed by Alexandre Tissot at Le Théâtre de la Vie (Brussels). Since 2011 she is part of the creative team of Improvisation & Composition at the Royal Dance Conservatory of Antwerp where she creates pieces based on a dance improvisation project. She has directed the following performances: Reload in Motion and Zôgraphos (2013), Suggested Emotions and VIRTUS (2014), SYNCHRONICITY, Evoked Potential & Abstract Entity (2015), Mine Is Yours & Flexible Identity (2016), INSIGHT & THERE (2017).
She has taught workshops of Conscious Release and improvisation for performance in Belgium, Mexico, Holland, Argentina, Croatia, Italy and Spain.
Agostina’s work is support by Federation Wallonie Bruxelles and accompanied by Grand Studio.
Morning Classes - Conscious Release
This morning classes are an introduction into the Conscious Release method.Through the application of this technique the dancer is enabled to expand his own abilities and to connect his inner experience “what am I doing with my body” with deliberate and creative use of body language. By using the contemplation of inner space and through the release of tension, an effective means to stop habitual patterns and formal movements in the dance arises. The purely anatomical constitution of the body is a marvellous system that when released can go to the most amazing of places. This practice develops a refined, pure, and sensitive approach to movement. Full creativity can than be experienced and form appears only to serve a unique expression: the present moment.
PETRA VAN GOMPEL
Petra Van Gompel is a freelance dancer living in Brussels. She started her professional training in dance at the Art school in Antwerp, where she graduated in 2005. After one year of studies in contemporary dance at the Codarts Rotterdam Dansacademie, she moved to Brussels and graduated in 2010, from the training and research cycle at P.A.R.T.S. directed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.
Petra worked as a dancer with choreographers Jonathan Pranlas, Maaike Van De Westeringh, Luis Marrafa, Yentl De Werdt, Britta Lieberknecht and Tânia Carvalho. She has performed internationally throughout scenes in Europe, Congo and Brazil.
Petra is a founding member of the MARRAFA company that is based at StairCase.studio, in Brussels. She frequently gives dance workshops in Belgium and abroad, recently she appeared in "A bag and a stone" a dance piece for screen by Tânia Carvalho. Currently she continues to engage in personal research to develop new dance projects.
Starting the day with an exploration in dance and practice of diverse movement languages. Passing through the articulations in the body, going from the subtile to the bigger movements, from falling to standing up, from speeding up to slowing down, playing with different tensions in the body. These two morning classes will include a warm-up, frases traveling across the floor, improvisations and fragments of choreography.
Elie Tass was born and grew up in Gent. At a young age he was very involved in a variety of sports, primarily martial arts and later on ballet, gymnastics and breakdance. After two years of studying Physical Education at the University of Gent (RUG), never having considered a future in dance, he embarked on a three year dance course at the Higher Institute for Dance (Antwerp). During and after his studies he was invited by Thierry Smits to work with Company Thor in Brussels (Petits Baigneurs and d’Orient) and Marc Bogaerts (Stabat Mater). In 2004 he worked with Jan Fabre/Troubleyn in Tannhäuser. Since 2005 he’s been working with Alain Platel/Les Ballets C de la B in the creations and touring of vsprs, pitié!, Out of Context – for Pina and Tauberbach. In 2012 he worked with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for the creation of Puz/zle. During those years he also started research towards more personal work. For Queensland based contemporary dance company Dancenorth, he and Ross McCormack created (sic) as part of a double bill in 2011. Currently he is touring with nicht schlafen (the latest creation with Alain Platel/Les Ballets C de la B) and is developing a duet with Nicola Leahey.
In these classes I will propose to work on a gradual progression in approaching the body from a working (i.e. labouring) body towards a more articulating (in order to “speak”) improvisational field, aiming to enrich our physical and eventually imaginative landscapes. Whilst layering information, given and discovered, we’ll try to navigate and constantly re-construct and re-imagine an ever fading movement maze, both individual and collective, and allow ourselves to blur between relevant and irrelevant material. I may or may not want to propose some fixed material within that structure.
Tamara joins Peeping Tom in 2014 for the creation of Vader and also performed The Land (collaboration with the Residenz Theatre in Munich) at the Cuvillies Theatre in Munich. She also works for the Swiss based choreographer Tabea Martin with who she tours currently Beyond Indifference, and assisted her choreographically for This is My Last Dance.
Tamara studied in Laban (London) and graduated with a BA in Dance Theatre. She founded the CieTG in 2009 and choreographed Light Scream, Sainte Marie Joseph de la Rose and Sous le Cou(p) du Lapin. In 2007 she founded LE FACTEUR, a dance-art production collective. She is currently working on a dance-theatre piece in collaboration with the Brussels’ based DJ Florence Bujard. She teaches worldwide but mainly in Belgium, France and Switzerland.
Fascinated by architecture and anatomy, Tamara proposes in her classes « architectural » sequences that she constructs and deconstructs while respecting the limits of the skeleton. Inspired by her training in hip hop and contemporary dance, she explores different qualities of movement through fluid or released phrases balanced by others more abrupt or contracted. The dance varies between linearity and animality with a constant quest of strong physicalities. She also uses Peeping Tom’s dynamics and movement qualities to nourrish the class and guides the students through improvisation in order to reveal the characters that are hidden in every each of them.
Tale Dolven is a norwegian dancer living and working in Brussels. She has worked with Rosas and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker for 12 years, performing in shows like FASE, Rosas Danst Rosas, , Drumming, Zeitung and others. She has also worked with Fieldworks, Benjamin Vandewalle, Doris Uhlich, Kris Verdonck and TG Stan. In 2018 Tale works with the theatre group Nature Theatre of Oklahoma, as well as making her own work in collaborations with actor Gabel Eiben and dancer Igor Shyshko. She studied at PARTS.
Tale will be teaching a dance class based on her personal warm up. We will go through the whole body, gently but thoroughly. The warm-up aims at maintaining strength and flexibility of the body. Coordination and working with multiple directions are an integral part of the movement-material. Both within the body and in the room, we work with awareness of directions and focus. The aim is to wake up the body and the mind.
João Cardoso, started his dance studies in Escola Superior de Dança in Portugal in 2011. In 2014, worked with the company Plural with people with disable abilities, and in the same year worked with Companhia Instavél, as an Intern. In 2015 danced a piece by Marco Ferreira and created a duet, Adapted to Y&Y with Victor Gomes. Between the years of 2015 and 2017, danced the pieces A Festa (da insignificância), Ceci n’est pas un Film (Dueto para maçã e ovo) and Walking with Kyllian, Never Stop Searching by Paulo Ribeiro. Still in 2016, danced the piece Cúmplice Medo do Encontro by Patrícia Enriques.
In this class, you are going to work your body in it’s full potential, working from Improvisation to specific movement phrases. João’s interests as a dancer make him work in a way that even when having a set phrase, the possibilities of doing it differ depending on each person’s individuality, and paying attention to the group, even when doing an exercise, you’ll end up developing a feeling of community in this class. The class itself develops from standing on your own or with someone else, to fluid floor work and group exercises that challenge the awareness in the space, finishing with phrases that mix vertical levels throughout the space, paying attention to transitions.
photo by Thibault Gregoire
In this class we will work with improvisation tasks as well as with set material. During the warm up we bring our focus to the present moment, creating heat inside the body with breath and movement, allowing the blood flow to prepare our joints and muscles for the full physical exploration.
During the class we work with movement principles such as muscular tension and release, pushing and pulling from the floor and from each other, momentum, speed and anatomical precision. We look for awareness of our whole body in movement, learning to shape our energy according to each situation.
In the improvisation part we look at tools for composition, setting up a common playground in time and space, as well as tools for widening our personal movement vocabulary. Through limitations, playfully opening windows to unfamiliar places. Searching for new coordinations within the body to create surprising dances.
As much as I am interested in working on very concrete movement principles, I would like to keep as an underlying thread through the class, that our dancing is always in relation to something, to each other, to the music or to the space. I'd like to invite the dancers to bring their own taste and color into the frame we are working in. To allow their whole personality into the dancing, letting the pleasure of moving drive us beyond our familiar limits.
photo by Joeri Thiry
Meri Pajunpää started dancing in Finland and continued to professional studies at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, MTD, graduating with BA in 2008. Since her graduation Meri has been working with choreographers such as Francesco Scavetta (touring the Surprised Body project 2010-2014), Sanna Myllylahti, Arno Schuitemaker, Jenni Kivelä, Vera Tussing and Peter Savel among others. In 2010 she founded together with a group of dancers and musicians an improvisation collective Tail Collection, which performed in the Netherlands between 2010-2011. Along her career as a performer, Meri has also been teaching contemporary and partnering classes at the Helsinki Dance Company, Conservatory of Turku, Tanssille ry in Helsinki, Treenit ry in Tampere, Akropoditi Dance Centre in Greece, Sign Six and Volksroom studios in Brussels. At the moment she is based in Brussels and continues to work as a free lance dancer/maker.
Patience and persistence is precious…
Moving on in the workshop I would like to propose a continued challenging of the body and person.
Some choreographic material will be proposed as well as improvisation to develop new qualities to
enrich the dancers vocabulary and also through independent work to develop personal movement
and presence.The generating power will be physical and emotional states. The goal is to discover
your physical intelligence and understand your body further than your common ways and search
deeper in order to create what is unexpected. Searching for the precision, intention and
intensity of movement through a form of body consciousness, breaking limits in order to be
innovative, impulsive and instinctive, deviating fluidity and strength. How to be affective
and unpredictable with movement, generating dynamic, abandon and control…the
emotional human instincts are endless…the possibilities are endless…
Tijen Lawton is a professional dancer and instructor based in Belgium. Born in 1972 to a Turkish
mother and British father, she was educated and brought up in numerous countries, constantly
shifting between cultures and environments.
She began her dance studies while living in İstanbul, later continuing at The Arts Educational
School London, The Place London and The Juilliard School New York.
Since coming to Belgium she danced with Pierre Droulers between 1996 & 1998, in the course of
which creating her own solo works.
In 1998 Tijen began her collaboration with Needcompany. Over a period of twelve years, 1998 to
2010 she was a constant presence in all of Needcompany’s work, performing , creating and touring
worldwide with Jan Lauwers and Grace Ellen Barkey in 15 productions and over 13 Neeplapbs,
and the film Goldfish Game directed by Jan Lauwers.
Since 2010 she has danced and toured with Caterina & Carlotta Sagna in the course of which
continuing to create her own solo projects.
She is currently dancing with Mauro Paccagnella & Wooshing Machine, Harold Henning, Erika
Zueneli and creating a performance gig with Manngold.
Delivered workshops together and in collaboration with Arne Sierens Compagnie Cecilia.
Tijen is teaching and instructing in Brussels, Paris, Antwerp and İstanbul, where in collaboration
with the dance department at MSGSU Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University İstanbul she has created
and preformed her own works.
photo by Giulia
Organized by MARRAFA vzw
During this week Hugo invites you to join him on a Yogic journey!
From Monday to Friday, he will share 90min yoga classes in several different styles: Vinyasa Flow, Hatha,Yin Yoga, Yin Yang, and Power Flow. With this progression in styles Hugo wishes to balance your energy levels, relating the style of yoga to the day of week. This journey will give you the opportunity to challenge, explore and discover yourself, connecting you to your own body. All levels of yoga practice are welcomed.
Hugo Mega, is a Portuguese artist and yogi resident in Brussels. Since an early age, Hugo has been working and exploring his body’s physical capacities through dance and circus. After finishing his circus studies he decided to explore yoga. What started as a nice way to stay in shape, became a passion. Thanks to his body awareness, his knowledge in anatomy and devotion to yoga, he became a yoga instructor. It was only later on that he went to Bali and took his first teacher training with the School of Sacred Arts. He now regularly teaches in Brussels at YYoga and Inspiration Yoga.