(c) Niv Melamed
(c) Niv Melamed
This class invites us to connect our body to gravity, to breath, and to each other, with technique and playfulness. Alternating between set phrases and improvised movement practices, we will train biomechanical movement principles to perform highly physical movement sustainably, being able to take risks with acrobatic and inversion intelligence while working safely. We will practice floor-flow and soft acrobatic techniques, as well as movement research, and group awareness. This Professional Training asks to maintain the body while challenging it to take risks and develop new skills safely. Moreover we will cultivate spatial awareness, ensemble connectivity, and playfulness. This blend will ask us to interconnect different aspects of our performance into a moving whole, aiming for unity of form and mind. and immersion of self in moving space.
Niv is a dancer and creator, a dance-teacher and a dancers’ rights advocate in the contemporary dance field. Born in sea side Haifa, Israel, Niv trained and taught Capoeira, acrobatics for 7 years and became a certified martial arts teacher at age 16. Following his interest in politics and performing arts, Niv started training in acting and contemporary dance in Israel, and continued with contemporary dance studies at SEAD (Salzburg). Soon after, since 2016, Niv joined the “johannes wieland dance company” of Staatstheater Kassel (DE), where he collaborated with choreographers Johannes Wieland (DE), Maxine Doyle (UK; Punchdrunk), Lenka Vagnerová (CZ), Helder Seabra (PT). As a freelancer Niv collaborated with Evangelos Poulinas (GR), Ryan Mason (US) and Reut Shemesh (IL) among others.
Niv currently works in the free scene in Dance, Film & TV, and theater, and is passionate about teaching and creating educational spaces where moves and ideas meet people. He works as a choreographer and rehearsal director in Stadttheater Gießen and across Germany. As of 2019 Niv is an active advocate for dancers' rights as part of the 'GDBA' union and 'dancersconnect'.