The Third Teacher, Alexander Girshon and Angela Doni
|About masterclass: ||There was a great dance teacher.
One day an imperator came to know about him.
The imperator was intrigued an did everything he could to see the dancer.
He set off to the place, were he could possibly meet the dancer. He waited for several month. When he was out of patience and got bored and was very nearly leaving suddenly something changed. The wind moved the cane, a refreshing rain started, there appeared a rainbow. Something beautiful happened in the nature. There was dance, but there was no dancer.
At a certain moment, when practicing together and teaching people how to improvise, we found a third teacher among us.
This teacher enables us to stay in contact for a long time; he helps to reveal the diverse and the unknown in what seemed to be familiar to us.
This teacher is the dance itself.
No matter how long we practice it is only the dance that can teach us the way to go beyond our limitations and to become openness itself, presence itself and – dance itself.
We will create, search, and investigate the dance as it is. We will look for the conditions it requires to dawn. We will see how much time, space and energy we need so that as a result, the time, space and energy should no longer be of any significance, only the dance remaining relevant.
We will chase the dance using the body, the technique and the intrigue of the practice.
|About Alexander and Angela: ||Alexander Girshon: Dancer, improviser, psychologist, dance therapist, teacher;
Studied movement and improvisation with Oleg Ignatiev (Yaroslavl), Oleg Sulimenko (Moscow-Vienna), contemporary dance and butoh with Paula Josa-Jones (USA), contact improvisation with Danny Lepkoff (USA).Studied transpersonal psychology, as well as different approaches in personal development. Co-founder of the Great Net Theater (Yaroslavl, 88-92) and Studio of Dance Improvisation (Yaroslavl, 94-97). Artistic Director of the Performance-Trio (1997-2002), and Alexander Girshon's Performance Project (Moscow, since 2002). He has participated in numerous local, national and international dance events, festivals and collaborations. He is also a dance researcher and author of many articles about improvisation and dance therapy.
He developed the integrative approach in dance-movement therapy, and continues teaching workshops and long-term programs in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Israel, Kazakhstan, Latvia and Lithuania.
Angela Doni is a dance improviser, choreographer and a teacher oriented to
contact improvisation and contemporary dance.
She was born in Kishinev, Moldavia.
She is educated High School of Culture, St-Petersburg, Russia 1981 -1985.
After graduation, she has experience like theatrical choreographer for 10 years.
After the Dance-WEB festival in Vienna, Austria, in 1997, she started to develop contact improvisation in Moldavia, as well her own choreographic works.
Since 1999 she lives in Moscow, and teaches contact improvisation, improvisation and development of movement. She is an organizer of the International Contact Improvisation and Performance Festival in Moscow (2006 - 2009).
She took part in different international festivals of contemporary dance, collaboration projects concerning improvisation and contact with teachers like Mary Folkerson (Nederland), Eszter Gal (Hungary), Benno Vooram (Sweden), Denny Lepkoff (USA), Lisa Nelson (USA).
I can not say – “I teach contact”. I share contact improvisation, I share my self, I share what my teachers taught me, my dance, tea…