Foto: Lydia Bittner Byard

Foto: Peter Hoffmann-Schoenborn (Tanzsichten research residency, Hicks and Reynolds 2023)

Foto: Milli November (Making Impressions and Other Failures, Hicks and Reynolds 2018)

Profitraining Ilana Reynolds

Mon 29.04.2024 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Tue 30.04.2024 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Wed 01.05.2024 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Thu 02.05.2024 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Fri 03.05.2024 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm - Probebühne 3


Improvisation and Set Material

This class is Serious Play. Focusing in on tapping into our playful nature - one that gives way to a sense of invigorating agency and joy, we will draw on a rich and varied range of dance trainings (experiential anatomy, somatics, yoga, improvisation skills and contemporary dance approaches) and we will enter into creative, physical and imaginative states with our bodies and with each other. The class will flow between deepening our attention to sensations, and refining textures and articulations in the body, and grow into active physicality and risk taking. By bringing attention to the individual and collective experience, the aim is to connect to a sense of aliveness, adaptability, and lightness. The class will finish with a phrase that is built up throughout the week.

1. Could you give us an example of how we might enter an imaginative state? What tools are we using?
I like to use imaginative states as a way to explore new qualities and patterns in the body.  One example to simulate more internal sensations, is to imagine your skeleton floating in space and begin to move from the bones.  Another approach is externalizing the body in space by imagining dodging objects as you move across the floor. 

2. What kinds of risks will we experiment with in this class?
Playing with losing control of our bodies 
Working with the unexpected 
Going upside down and downside up

Ilana Reynolds (she/her) works in the fields of dance/performance, choreography, and artistic research. Her influences are based in Afro-brazilian dance/Capoeira, somatics, and improvisation techniques. She teaches contemporary dance to students and professionals in Germany and abroad and is an active performer and choreographer in the freelance dance scene, often collaborating and producing work with choreographers Laura Hicks, Sabrina Huth, and Valentin Schmehl. Ilana also works as a dance dramaturge for choreographer Célestine Hennermann in Frankfurt a. Main.