Dear All!

StairCase.studio Brussels, had two 
dynamic months of dance involving great artists, sharing their professional knowledge. Thanks to all teachers and dancers who came and gave their attention and inspiring energy. For the moment we do a break and looking ahead to meet you again soon.

We wish you all the best,
Luis & Petra
www.marrafa.com
StairCase.studio Brussels

StairCase.studio welcomes you for a new serie of dance classes organised by Luis Marrafa & Petra Van Gompel, that will continue to take place during this month of June for professional dancers.

Starting from the 7th of May, StairCase.studio has the intention to provide a high quality of training for professional dancers without aiming for profits, offering classes with an entrance fee of 6€/class. 

These daily courses are provided in a dynamic environment and on an accessible location in Brussels. Each week there is great artists invited to ensure a strong quality with a varied approach and presence to maintain movement skills and abilities, inspire personal development and to network with other professionals.


18th & 19th of June - Petra Van Gompel
20th of June - 22th of June - Agostina D'Alessandro
25th of June - 29th of June - Elie Tass


7th of May - 11th of May - Tamara Gvozdenovic 
14th of May - 16th of May - Tale Dolven
17th of May - 18th of May - Luis Marrafa
21st of May - 25th of May - João Cardoso

(Artists Introductions scroll down)

PRACTICAL INFO’S

Schedule
Monday to Friday Classes from 10h till 11h15.
To warm up the space is open from 9h30. 

Inscription and Costs
To inscribe or inform send an email to instaircase@gmail.com
Note that there is a max. of 10 participants/class 
Price per class is 6€/day 
Or 30€/week to ensure your spot for entire week

Location
StairCase.studio
Lessenstraat 17, 1080 Brussels

To find your direction https://goo.gl/maps/WohmV4AKQGm
The studio is a 5 min. walk from the metro Weststation (with line 2,6, 1 and 5)

Organised by MARRARA company 
www.marrafa.com


Artists Introduction

18th & 19th of June '18
PETRA VAN GOMPEL


BIO

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.

Morning Classes 

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. 


20th till the 22nd of June '18
AGOSTINA D'ALESSANDRO



BIO

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.


25th till the 29th of June '18
ELIE TASS / Les Ballet C de la B



BIO

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.

Morning Classes

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.


Artists Introduction

7th of May - 11th of May '18
TAMARA GVOZDENOVIC


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. 
THE TRAINING

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.


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14th of May - 16th of May
TALE DOLVEN


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. 

THE TRAINING

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.

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17th of May - 18th of May
LUIS MARRAFA 

Luis Marrafa, born and has lived in Germany. Moved to Évora in Portugal and after to Lisbon, passed through London and at the moment lives and works in Brussels since 2009. He has degree in dance at Escola Superior de Dança in Lisbon. Luis is the cofounder of MARRAFA company and the dance space StairCase.studio in Brussels. Luis is inspired by his surroundings, experiences and different cultures, creates his own works as a choreographer, dancer and music/sound composer. Luis has been teaching in professional schools and in professional dance companies.

THE TRAINING

During his professional experience, Luis Marrafa has developed the technique of contemporary dance “Flow”, which emerges from the fusion of martial arts with various artistic techniques. This practice aims to highlight the fluidity of movement within a dynamic game, reflecting a lightness of the body, without friction and without gravity. The concept is to generate movement, from the simplest to the complex. Each movement, in turn, will have a deep desire to communicate. This approach to the movement, based on the repertoire of Luis Marrafa’s recent creations, is demanding and promotes the improvement of the physical and technical condition of dancers. 


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21st of May - 25th of May
JOÃO CARDOSO


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. 

THE TRAINING

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.


INTENSIVE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING with LUIS MARRAFA 
MAY INTENSIVE FULL BOOKED
JUNE INTENSIVE FULL BOOKED

                                                                                                  photo © PVG


StairCase.studio Brussels, calls for professional dancers for 2 Intensive training programs with the duration of 1 month each, first program will be in May 2018 and the second program in June 2018. 
Coordinated by the choreographer, sound composer and director Luis Marrafa. 
Both Intensive professional trainings are a full afternoon program, starting with a contemporary dance class / physical training, and continuing with a technical and artistic composition. This important initiative is to share tools for professional dancers with the goal in choreography, engaging them into a research in movement composition and development of new knowledge in the artistic filed.

Program description:
Contemporary dance class - Highest physical training, approaching a technical and artistic level. Detailed movements will be proposed aiming the fluidity (flow technique) of the body crossing into the space. Rethinking the body possibilities and exploring new physical abilities. Revisiting repertoire and improvisation. 

Creative composition - Exploring methods of composition/choreography. Developing an intuitive and conscious creativity. Capacity to evaluate the artistic development. Being critical and reflective about the composition. Relating movement with music. Creating a choreography directed by a professional. 

Program objective:
Highest physical training,
Teaching methods of choreography, 
Program for a restrict amount of dancers,
Creating solos/duets supervised by a professional,
Filming support, editing of the creations,
Showing the creations for a public in Brussels,

INFO about Luis Marrafa - Videos and extras at www.marrafa.com http://luismarrafa.blogspot.be








RESUMED BIO 




Luis Marrafa, born and has lived in Germany. Moved to Évora in Portugal and after to Lisbon, passed through London and at the moment lives and works in Brussels since 2009. He has degree in dance at Escola Superior de Dança in Lisbon. Luis is the cofounder of MARRAFA company and the dance space StairCase.studio in Brussels. Luis is inspired by his surroundings, experiences and different cultures, creates his own works as a choreographer, dancer and music/sound composer. Luis has been teaching in professional schools and in professional dance companies.
More info at: www.marrafa.com 

Upcoming creations: 
2019 - Hodierno, 
2018 - Anpassung, 
2018 - Nulo,
2018 - fast Jane and slow John...,

Past creations:
2017 - Soma,
2017 - Marvel,
2017 - Duplo,
2016 - HOME,
2016 - Folclore,
2015 - Proxemics,
2014 - ABSTAND,
2014 - Disquiet (dance video), 
2012 - Untitled (dance video), 
2012 - Transistor,
2012 - escape & light night,
2011 - Coffee Loop (dance video), 2009 - Unstable,
2007 - IIB (dance video),

Prices and recognitions
HOME (Selected as a Aerowaves Twenty Company for 2016).
ABSTAND (Nominated best choreography through Authors Award SPA) - 2014 - Portugal. Untitled (Best Dance video through the International Festival InShadow) - 2012 - Lisbon, Portugal.
Coffee Loop (Dance video in collaboration with the filmmaker Bernardo Camisão, was selected for the Grand Final Ghent, Cinema Sphinx) - 2011 - Gent, Belgium.
IIB (Dance video in collaboration with the filmmaker António Cabrita, won the award for best picture through the VII photo contest in Barreiro, Portugal in 2008. And the best dance video in the International Dance Festival in Almada, Portugal in 2009). 



YOGA with D'Alessandro Agostina
 6th - 10th of June from 9:30am till 11:00pm

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Cette méthode de Yoga dynamique inclus la synchronisation de la Respiration (Ujjayi), l’utilisation de Bandhas (Mula et Uddiyana bandha) et le regard (Drishti) avec une série de postures progressives et adaptées (asanas). Un processus qui produit une chaleur interne intense permettant une purification et une élimination des toxines des muscles et des organes. Le résultat en est une circulation améliorée, un corps léger et fort et un esprit calme et en paix. Le système de l’Ashtanga Yoga porte une attention équilibrée au développement de la force, de la souplesse, de l’équilibre et de la résistance. La pratique régulière des différentes postures amène une meilleure conscience du corps, un équilibre du mental et développe la concentration.

BIO
Agostina D’Alessandro is practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga since 2003. She was first trainning at Ashtanga Yoga Paris, were she got the teachers certification (200hr Yoga Alliance) in August 2015. Since 2006 she was tranning T.R.A.S.H Company during creations and tours and also giving classes at: PARALLAX – Ecole d’Acteurs, Corpus Pilates Studio, Gyrotonic & Yoga, Commission Européenne (Berlayment), Royal La Rasante, Royal Wellnes, among others places in Brussels. She goes to practice regulary at Ashtanga Yoga Bruxelles with Anne Pinnette, were she could follow the last intensive workshop of Peter Sanson in May 2016. 



DANCE with Meri Pajunpää
6th - 10th of June from 11:30 am till 1pm

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
BIO
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. 





DANCE with Tijen Lawton
30th of May till 3rd of June from 11am till 12:30pm
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.


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