Body and Voice in Contact Improvisation, Katya Velichko
|About masterclass: ||In the class we will explore how the voice can direct the movement and lead the duet, how to open the sound to express emotions and feelings at the moment of contact.
We will try to feel the voice as the part of the body.
We will move, shake and touch the body paying attention to the center and spine, facial gestures and breath.
We will find the physicality of our voice, its volume and power and add new colours of the sound to contact dance.
The central point of the class is to feel the physical aspect of the voice, its flesh, thickness, materiality.
Filling the contact dance with sounds, we will express emotions and feelings through breathing and speaking.
Moving, shaking and touching the body we will observe and explore the voice as the part of it.
As well our attention will be focused on the center, spine, facial muscles and support.
With the voice we will open the space inside the body and extend the volume of the dance.
I'm interested to feel the strength, integrity and brightness of the body through bringing the sound to our movement and contact dance.
|About Katya Velichko: ||I've danced from my early childhood. After graduating from the acting department of the Academy of Eyrhythmy, where Angela Doni taught CI, I fell in love with improvisation. I started to teach in Moscow and travel to the festivals and classes in other countries. I had many CI teachers, including pioneers of the form - Steve Paxton and Lisa Nelson. The classes of Ester Gal, Carol Swann and Martin Keogh influenced particularly on my understanding of the form. I participated in the laboratories and performed with Benno Voorham, Ester Gal and Denny Lepkoff; in summer 2005 I took part in the international project - performance laboratory in Moscow.
As an actress I participated in a vocal theatre project "Russian Epic". I worked in the dance company of the Russian Youth Theatre, performed in the theatre "Derevo" under the direction of Anton Adasinsky.
Today I perform and teach as an independent artist. I lead regular classes, jams and workshops.
I use and combine acting techniques, improvisation, CI, release, authentic movement and work with voice and breath. In my creation work I am interested in people, their unique and diverse nature. The idea that drives me is brightness, openness and courage to be myself!