listening with the body
The aim of this morning practice is to open the mind and body to a wide range of movements. We use certain breathing techniques inspired by Sufi practices to sensitise, among other things, the ‘small’ parts of the body and consciously apply them in developing sequences of movement. Fingertips or eyebrows, hip or wrist, legs or shoulder, all parts of the body are equally involved. Unusual states, approaches to movement and emphases may help us to enrich our movement repertoire. Another focus is on sensitising the ear to odd rhythmic patterns in music. How can the accents in music influence our quality of movement? How do unusual rhythmic patterns affect the (dancing) body, how can they shape the contemporary language of movement?
is a choreographer, dancer, researcher and artistic co-director of the ATASH عطش contemporary dance company she founded in 2012. Born in Tehran, Ahmadzadeh started dancing in a country where this is prohibited by law. In defiance of state censorship, she performed with the Harekat company from 1999 to 2004. Ahmadzadeh studied Directing at Soureh Art University in Tehran, Contemporary Dance Education at MUK in Vienna and Social Design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. She founded her own dance company in Vienna in 2012, which examines the political system, specifically addressing socio-political issues and cultural hierarchies. Her latest trilogy – Under Cover, Force Majeure and TARAB – was produced in collaboration with Tanzquartier Wien and toured internationally.