Led by Dagmara Jerzak
“Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.” George Bernard Shaw
A four week series introducing aspects of the creative process in making contemporary choreography – from initial idea to end performance. Guided by Choreographer Dagmara Jerzak, learn how to harness the possibilities of imagination, mind, body, and composition through play, experimentation and exploration.
This Choreography Toolbox Series runs over 4 weeks and is recommended for people aged 18+ with minimum 1 year dance training.
DATES: 26 Jan 2, 9, 16 Feb
DAY/TIME: Friday 6.30 – 8.30pm
FEE: €75 per person
ABOUT A CHOREOGRAPHIC TOOLBOX
WEEK 1 | STIMULUS and the IMAGINATION
How do we begin creating choreography? What inspires our ideas and how can this open the gates to play, experimentation and exploration? In Week 1 we will look at different material and how this can be used to STIMULATE the IMAGINATION and inspire choreographic invention.
WEEK 2 | THE BODY
Using THE BODY as the main tool for exploration, Week 2 looks at the infinite ways our body can move. Together, we will investigate aspects such as energy, dynamics, timing and effort – and how these might be employed to manipulate movement and alter essential qualities to create a more complex choreography.
WEEK 3 | MIND and BODY
We will expand on the creative exploration undertaken in Week 2 to investigate the connection between MIND and BODY. Working with varied relaxation techniques to help focus the mind and develop concentrated physical practice, this session focuses on helping to bring a sense of clarity and ease to your dance performance.
WEEK 4 | COMPOSITION and SPACE
How, why and where do we place choreography in space? Explore the relationship to SPACE, focusing on COMPOSITIONAL elements such as pattern, direction and level to develop greater awareness of the space around us and how to maximise this element within the creative process.
This week culminates by bringing together some of the ideas and elements explored over the entire series, giving time for informal presentation, reflection and lively celebration!
About Dagmara Jerzak
Dagmara is a movement practitioner, dance artist and teacher based in Dublin. Dagmara has always had passion and curiosity for movement. As a teenage, this passion sustained her on many long journeys across Poland seeking to learn more about dance, and led her to study under Leszek Bzdyl’s contemporary dance company, Dada von Bzdulow in Gdansk, and eventually on to Scotland where she completed a BA(Hons) degree at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance. After moving to Dublin in 2012, Dagmara worked both as a contemporary dancer, choreographer and teacher. She has worked as a dancer with a number of dance companies, performing in the Dublin Fringe, the Cork Midsummer and the Dublin Dance festivals and on other television and theatre productions. Parallel to this she has been developing her own holistic movement practices. Dagmara has completed a diploma from the Pilates Teacher Training Institute and also 300h Hatha Yoga Teacher training under the guidance of Susan Church and Melissa Curtis. In 2014 Dagmara set up dagda movement, a company which offers a variety of movement based workshops in contemporary dance, Hatha Yoga, Pilates and mindfulness. She works within the physical limits of participants and uses a mindful approach, kindness and non-judgemental attitude to reduce muscular and emotional tension and to develop of fuller body awareness. Dagmara encourages participants to connect with their bodies, and through breath and focus to understand their movement patterns and tendencies. Her curiosity and passion for mindful movement practices sustains her ongoing learning and teaching.