Dance Intensive


  • Monday 27 May – Friday 31 May 2019
    Time: 11am-4pm (2-6pm on Wednesday)
  • £200/£180 Early Bird 17 May
  • Limited capacity.

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  • Van Huynh Company invites Adrian Look to deliver a week Dance Intensive at Centre 151. Adrian will cover all three elements that shape the art form of Tanztheater: Technique | Improv | Choreography
  • 1) Technique: Learn the technique developed by Kurt Jooss and Sigurd Leeder, which laid the foundation for the technical approach of Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal.
  • 2) Improvisation: Dive into the improvisation technique of questioning and answering to create meaningful and expressive material.
  • 3) Choreography: We will devise a short choreography culminating in a sharing on the last day of the workshop.
  1. 11.00 – 12.30 – Class
  2. Adrian teaches a contemporary dance theatre class, inspired by the aesthetic of Pina Bausch and the beautiful strength and artistic expression of Tanztheater. The exercises and sequences in this class are very precise in dynamic, shape and intention. The main goal, however, 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. This class is expressive, strong and artistic and will allow you to visualize your emotional state, let yourself go and experience your art on a deep level best described as “losing yourself in dance”.
  1. 12.45 – 14.00 – Improvisation
  2. Alongside general improvisation techniques on dynamics, quality and range of movement we will most intensively dive into the intention of movements. The why plays a huge role in the Tanztheater approach. We will work with the approach of questioning and answering in which you will be given tasks in the shape of questions or sentences to which you find individual answers based on your person.
  3. As an example: The task might be: A song from my childhood. One student might remember and sing an actual song while another might remember a little dance he/she developed as a kid and a third student might be reminded of the time he/she baked a cake with the whole family and then creates a phrase or action based on the smell.
  4. This technique is a soul searching journey and will generate unique and meaningful material.
  • 14.30 – 16.00 – Choreography and Repertoire
  • In addition to the improvisation element of this workshop we will create our very own choreography which will be shared at the end of our week on Friday at 15.30.
  • The choreography will be devised by your individual material using the the improvisation approach described alongside material given by Adrian himself.
  • The questions and tasks will be carefully selected to allow enough freedom for you to create freely but also to lead us all to a result we are proud to share at the end of the week.
  2. Adrian Look is a freelance dance artist and lecturer for Tanztheater based in London. He is also the artistic director and choreographer of T a n z t h e a t er Adrian Look (TAL), founded in 2014. TAL has since performed at Sadler’s Wells, Stratford Circus and The Place.
  3. 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.
  4. Adrian has worked with several dancers from the Pina Bausch-Tanztheater Wuppertal – Company including Dominique Mercy, Malou Airaudo, Rainer Behr and Stephan Brinkman, and danced in works by Gregor Zöllig, Urs Dietrich, Guilherme Bothelho (Alias Company), Simone Sandroni (Deja donné), Giovanni Netzer (Origen Festival) and Rainer Behr (Pina Bausch).
  5. 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.
  6. In April 2014, Adrian moved to London and has since taught regular classes and workshops at The Place, Trinity Laban, Chisenhale Dance, Siobhan Davies and Greenwich Dance. Adrian is a lecturer at Morley College and a visiting lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire.

Photo by Cristobal Catalan