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What do we see, what do we feel and visualize while moving?

The class has a gentle start to welcome the dancers into the space. It begins with exercises focusing on experiencing diverse bodily textures, sensations and impulses. Attention is given to question together the way we focus, look and experience our body in relation to others and the surrounding.

The quality of the movement vocabulary is based on exploring the physical and anatomical possibilities of the body, with a special focus on the continuous movement of the spine. The goal is to prepare the muscular system from the center towards the extremities in order to create more space within the joints.

The class explores the diverse connections of the body, sensing and seeing in relation to the surrounding. The exercises aim to build up a physically strong body while constantly exploring how the movements of the spine relates to the rest of the body.

FORNIER ORTIZ is an experienced dancer graduate from the ballet academy of Incolballet in Colombia. He has done a two years program of modern dance at the Folkwang University of the arts in Germany and a postgraduate degree in teaching education from Häme University of Applied Sciences. After a long professional career at the Colombian national ballet and Colegio del Cuerpo in his home country, he has performed for various internationally recognized choreographers in Colombia, Germany, The Netherlands and Finland. As a guest teacher he taught at various professional dance academies and European dance festivals along 10 years of experience. He has been dedicated to developed his own vocabulary based on a rigorous study of the structural and physical possibilities of the spine relating to the functioning of the body. He is interested in the multiple possibilities of movement founded in Latin American roots. He is curious about different sources of movement; such as Asian martial arts and the urban culture that could influence his art.