Contemporary Level 3 with Adrian Look

Summer Dance Courses: week 2


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Technique / Style:


Class description

This class will be based on the principles of German Tanztheater but will also incorporate elements of Graham Technique.

We will start the class with a contemporary barre or in the centre straight away.

With an emphasis on expression and freedom inside of a technique we will work with the principles of swing, drop, reach, contraction, centre-driven movement, nuanced weight transfer, intention, focus and performance. The class expands the dancers’ technical, dramatic and artistic range. The main goal is to use the technique in order to express an emotional state. The class aims to let go of any unnecessary extras and consequently strives to use conscious and meaningful movements

It is the investigation of working from the inside out, from placing the bones where the muscles and the mind are allowed to function efficiently.  This is an excellent opportunity for dancers to either be introduced to or continue the pursuit of German Tanztheater and the Graham technique.

Additional notes

Level 3/Advanced: Classes are for advanced students who are competent in contemporary and/or ballet. The emphasis of these fast-paced and challenging classes is to build movement sequences, stretch your facility and enhance your versatility.

This course will run from Mon 14 – Fri 18 August, 10am – 11.30am each day. The course fee of £65 covers all 5 classes. 

Artist’s biography

Adrian Look is a freelance dance artist and lecturer for Tanztheater based in London. He is also the artistic director and T a n z t h e a t e r Adrian Look, founded in 2014.
Adrian studied Dance Theatre (Tanztheater) at the Fokwang University in Germany, whose alumni include Pina Bausch, Reinhild Hoffmann and Susanne Linke. After graduation, he was a soloist in the dance theatre company “Tanztheater Bielefeld” for three years, followed by two years of freelance projects in Germany, Switzerland and the UK.
Adrian has worked with several dancers from the “Pina Bausch-Tanztheater Wuppertal”- Company including Dominique Mercy, MalouAiraudo, Rainer Behr and Stephan Brinkman, and danced in works by GregorZöllig, Urs Dietrich, GuilhermeBothelho (Alias Company), Simone Sandroni (Deja donné), Giovanni Netzer (Origen Festival) and Rainer Behr (Pina Bausch). 

Adrian has taught workshops in contemporary dance, ballet and improvisation for over ten years and has led classes for various professional companies, including Alvin Ailey II, Tanztheater Bielefeld and the Origen Festival in Switzerland. 
In April 2014, Adrian moved to London and has taught workshops and classes at The Place, Trinity Laban, Chisenhale Dance and Greenwich Dance. 
Adrian is a lecturer at Morley College and a visiting lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire.

Times: 10-11.30am
Duration: 90 mins
Venue: at The Place
Level: Level 3
Style: Contemporary