V.49 9 december! Mariana Araoz Mask & Puppet technique for dancers - TMR-Balance method©

Week 49. Torsdagen den 9 december . kl.9:00 - 16:00 lunch 12:00-13:00

Denna workshop är ett samarbete mellan Dansalliansen och Danscentrum Syd.

Det går bra att anmäla sig direkt till eller Dansalliansen obs! senast 6/12.


From personal transformation to collective movement Mariana Araoz (mask and puppet director and educational creator) has developed and created the method TMR © OR METHOD “IN BALANCE”.

The method TMR © uses mask, puppet and object manipulations as pedagogical support and creative tool.

It´s objective is to reach a balance in the relationship between the dancers and the space and to achieve the transmission of knowledge, emotions and experiences between the members of the group.


Created in 2006 by Mariana Araoz

within the Drama Company Collectif Masque,

Trans Mission Research-TMR is a space for training, research

and creation.

Built through the TMR © method, it is a creative platform producing shows,

events, movies, exhibitions focusing on gender balance, Movement Theater,

Mask and puppet as a vector of language and communication.


• Breathing and calm

• Attention and listening

• Transmission to the group of individual skills

• Body balance and architecture of the surrounding space

• The pleasure of a playful approach

Mask and puppet technique is used to explore these objectives, bringing to life props and inanimate objects.

STEP 1 we will first work on the architecture of the space as if it was a puppet that we have to give life: breathing, movements and voice exercises will be our tools. We will draw our space and start the collective work through two types of exercises: organic and precision.

The Birds movement: we imitate the protagonist's movements and follow as in a bird congregation. One group is on stage and the other group is out stage doing "the service". As in Theater Noh, or Puppet Theater, the role of the servant of stage, is what gives life to the dancers on stage. Then the groups switch.

STEP 2 Measurement Mask and Organic Mask: We continue practicing the two exercises and now adding the Balance or neutral Mask (black mask) and the organic masks. The dancers, all dressed in black become like the puppet players of their own character. We will add the story telling and music to the exercises.

STEP 3 The two basic exercises will help us bring to life The Character Mask (Modern mask): We will bring to life a Character. We will create somebody different from our own identity. The body is sculpted and stylized as in dance. To bring them to life we have to connect to emotions and situations. The music, songs, texts and storytelling will be the basis. The “servants of stage” will give birth and development to this new born character with the help of breathing, “the good gaze” and caring.

STEP 4 the character will continue to grow; we will dress them up and study their ways of walking and expressions. The story telling and movements will be improvised in a collective way. Inspired from the Greek Theater and Puppet Theater, we will focus on the protagonist, the antagonist, the chorus and the servants of stage. The protagonist will have the action and the chorus will give support, light and life to the protagonist. The servants will give the voice, the story telling and sounds.

We will improvise a story with the characters; all the participants will be involved in a dance and storytelling creation.


Creator of the TMR © method, Mariana Araoz is a director and permanent professor at the National Conservatory of Malmö in Sweden and in her own school and research center « La Maison de l’Equilibre » in Paris.

Passionate and specialized in mask and puppet theater since 1990, she taught at the National Conservatory CNSAD in Paris, at the College St. Olaf in Minneapolis, at Columbia University in New York, in the Boris Schoukin Institute in Moscow as well as in the drama schools of Seville, Caracas and Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

Mariana Araoz staged around forty plays in France, the United States and Sweden where she was nominated for the Thalia Award for best Directing in 2014. She was also granted with the Support fund for the “Festival Off-Avignon”.

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Julia Ehrstrand 3 days Workshop Contemporary Jazz v.41

3 days Workshop in collaboration with Dansalliansen. 13, 14, 15/10 Wednesday - Friday 13.00-16.00.

Contemporary Jazz Workshop

Join Julia Ehrstrand to experience a process offering an environment for exploration in creativity, movement, specificity, and audacity. Dancers will learn and work within Julia’s movement vocabulary, going deeper and refining the movements thru investigation of development in space.

We will also work with partnering exercises whit-in the movement vocabulary, making tasks to develop new paths and movement choices. Dancers will get to experience Julia’s way of collaborating with dancers to create choreographies.

Her contemporary jazz movement is very fluid, physical, big range of movement and a lot of floor work- but always with a openness for the dancers to interpret and apply it to ones body in a very generous way.

My wish is to share my way of creating choreography and to awake curiosity and pleasure to inspire dancers within their own work as dancers and or creators.


Julia Ehrstrand graduated with a Bachelors Degree in dance/teaching from DOCH/University of Circus and Dance (Stockholm), She has also studied at Institut del Teatro (Barcelona) and graduated from the ISVP program at DNA in 2009. She has danced for TNSP, Jana Hicks/Marijke Eliasberg, Max Stone, SexyBeastNYC, Carrasco Dance Company, Lane Co Arts and Carl Olof Berg, among others.

Her choreography has been presented in various stages in NYC, Europe and Asia. She has taught at The Juilliard School in (NYC), company classes for The Jose Limon Dance Company(NYC), The Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm, DOCH University of Dance and Circus (Stockholm), Balettakademien (Stockholm), Daily Professional Classes for Danscentrum (Stockholm), Amsterdam School of the Arts (Amsterdam), UiS/ University in Stavanger and at PRODA (Norway), the Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive (NYC), Ballet Hispanico, Peridance Capezio Center, Gina Gibney Dance, DNA, Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center and SUNY Purchase. Julia has also been dancing/ choreographing/teaching in China, Taiwan, Mexico,Japan, Taiwan, Uganda and Ethiopia.

Julia along with Max Stone, co-choreographed and performed for the Rainforest Foundation Fund presented at Carnegie Hall. This organization is run by rock musician, Sting, and wife, Trudie Styler, and is devoted to protecting rainforests and their indigenous peoples. Julia was also selected to show her work at Bryant Park Contemporary Dance Festival in NYC 2018 and FIDCDMX in Mexico City. Julia was a longtime faculty at Steps on Broadway, Peridance and Gibney Dance Studios during her 11years in NYC.

Since 2018 she started EDC/ Ehrstrand Dance Collective ( a international dance community ) with recent performances in NYC, Mexico City,Sweden and Taiwan. She is currently (on hold due to Covid 19) traveling the world to commission choreography work, teaching master classes,also touring with EDC and holding her yearly “Styggbo Residency” in the Swedish country side.

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DansFunk 3.0 Week 46

16, 17 november Kl. 13.00-16.00.

Dessa dans-workshopar är ett samarbete mellan Skånes Dansteater och Dansalliansen.

16 nov Tanja Erhart kl.13-16

17 nov Claire Cunningham kl.13-16

BIO Tanja Erhart

Tanja Erhart, born in Tyrol/Austria, studied in Vienna and graduated her MA as a culturaland social anthropologist in 2012. She specialised in dance,

performance and disability studies. Meanwhile she also trained as a contemporary dancer with AXIS Dance Company (USA), Candoco Dance Company (UK), Adam Benjamin, Sonja Browne, Vera Rebl, Michael Turinsky and other artists in Vienna.

In 2014 Tanja joined Candoco as a professional dancer for three years. She toured, performed and taught inclusive dance practice in countries like the UK, Switzerland, South Korea, Mexico, Africa and many more.

Currently Tanja is a disabled, independent dance artist and cultural scientist based in London exploring her interests of physical, emotional, mental well-being as well as the interconnectedness of being an artist and a citizen of the world.

Bio Claire Cunningham:

Claire Cunningham  is a performer and creator of multi-disciplinary performance based in Glasgow, Scotland. A recent Factory Artist with Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf, Germany she is also an Affiliate Artist with The Place, London.

One of the UK’s most acclaimed and internationally renowned disabled artists, Cunningham’s work is often rooted in the study and use/misuse of her crutches and the exploration of the potential of her own specific physicality with a conscious rejection of traditional dance techniques (developed for non- disabled bodies).  

This runs alongside a deep interest in the lived experience of disability and its

implications not only as a choreographer but also in terms of societal notions of knowledge, value, connection and interdependence.

Lite om DansFunk 3.0:

DansFunk 3.0 presenteras som en del av det 4-åriga Kreativa Europa projektet Europe Beyond Access - ett av världens största internationella samarbetsprojekt med syfte att lyfta den inkluderande scenkonstens betydelse för danskonstens utveckling och ge fler dansare och koreografer med funktionsvariationer möjlighet att utvecklas konstnärligt inom dans.

Under DansFunk 3.0 presenterar vi ett program som består av internationellt hyllade gästspel, workshoppar, rundabordssamtal, danssnack mm där du får möta dansare och koreografer med och utan funktionsvariationer från Storbritannien, Italien, Grekland, Nederländerna och Sverige. Inom ramen för festivalen arrangeras även den internationella konferensen Beyond Access där vi tittar på olika faktorer och kulturpolitiska strategier som faktiskt gör skillnad både nationellt och internationellt för att skapa en större mångfald av kroppar och identiteter på scen. Framför allt belyser vi frågan om hur vi skapar möjligheter för att få fler koreografer och dansare med funktionsvariationer att skapa och utvecklas konstnärligt på egna villkor.

DansFunk 3.0 innehåller:

• Internationella gästspel

• Den internationella konferensen Beyond Access den 18 nov

• Kompetensutveckling för dansare och koreografer med och utan funktionsvariationer (i samarbete med Danscentrum Syd och Dansalliansen)

• Dansworkshoppar

• Dansfilm

• Danssnack

• Rundabordssamtal press

Hela programmet släpps den 10 sept.

Festivalen pågår den 11-21 november 2021 på Skånes Dansteater i Malmö.

Den internationella konferensen ligger den 18 november på Skånes Dansteater. Välkommen till dansteatern eller ta del av den via streaming.

Paul Pui Wo Lee Sommarträning v.33

Öppen Sommarträning ett samarbete mellan Danscentrum Syd och Dansalliansen. Ingen anmälan krävs. 16 - 20 augusti.

The classes are made possible through Dansalliansen and Danscentrum Syd and open to professional freelancedancers and do not require pre-registration

10.00 -11.30 Feldenkrais®

11.45 - 13.15 Awareness through movement ®/Contemporary Ballet


"The Feldenkrais Method® is learning to learn from ourselves to become connoisseurs of our possibilities.

Feldenkrais® guide you to play with some unusual movements to see if there are strategies of moving that are easier, more effective, more wholesome, and more pleasurable. See how by refining the ability of your nervous system to manoeuvre your skeleton, you're refining the very process of taking efficient action. More understanding and increasing your neuromuscular possibilities can be helpful for injury prevention, performance enhancement, and artistic vitality. Would you have more sensation to think with, more thoughts to feel with, more feelings to sense with, or perhaps your internal language takes on another dynamic?

A good shot of awareness before the following contemporary ballet class…"


"Contemporary ballet, or just shifting through classical form...

I would like to open up the ballet class as a free space to play with options to enrich your artistic voice/expression and enhance your technical ease. Ballet class, for me, is an improvisation within the parameters that define its style. I hope to look beyond its supposed rigidity (be a rebel!) to find immense room for your personal flow and fluidity to emerge. How can we become better at recognising the choices available to us within the structure to allow our inner artist to forge our individual enjoyment of expression? What's right and what's wrong? What's perfection? This questioning could lead to something exciting. Steps in ballet are a means and not an end, right? Ballet can be more than just turning out, and instead, be a dance that is weaved from the quality of your personal choices - your artistry. "


Paul Pui Wo Lee is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner and Jeremy Krauss Approach (JKA) practitioner and therapist, who currently serves as the rehearsal director and choreographic assistant at Of Curious Nature, a contemporary dance company. He graduated from Canada’s National Ballet School before training at the Rotterdam Dance Academy. He has danced with IT Dansa and GöteborgsOperans Baletten before working as a freelancer.

Paul is passionate about helping artists gain a sharper, embodied understanding about their personal movement possibilities to enrich the breadth of their technical and artistic palette. In this way they may expand their security and freedom of their performance from cultivating a healthier and more sustainable practice.

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Jos Baker Week 36 6-10september 2021

Workshop in collaboration with Dansalliansen. 6 - 10 September. Monday to Friday 11.30-16.00. 13-14 lunch.

Daily training with Martina La Ragione 9.30-11.00

Physically and Creative tools

Jos Baker has envisaged a workshop which draws from and combines the following two aspects of artistic research. - Physicology and Creative tools.

Physicology works with a combination of analysis and experimentation to develop a deeper understanding of the physical, psychological and evolutionary principles that affect human movement. The work looks at ways of deepening physical and intellectual understanding of how movement can work while also developing tools to handle some of the psychological factors that can hold us back in learning and in performing. These principals are then expanded through both fixed material and improvisation, building to richly detailed, technical and highly physically dance phrases. As the classes develop the emphasis turns to performativity and musicality while keeping a fun and high energy spirit of exploration.

Creative tools is an exploration of ways of making material for stage performance. Exploring physical extremes and characterisation; this workshop will look at ways of creating scene ideas using theatrical and physical tools, and then on how to develop and refine those ideas. How does a dancer approach a character, how does a character dance? We explore methods of generating material that play with the personality, image, and the strengths and weaknesses of the individual in the attempt to find unique and specialised material. "

The classes are made possible trough Dansalliansen and Danscentrum Syd


JOS BAKER started dancing at the age of seven at Oxford Youth Dance. He studied at Trinity-Laban and at P.A.R.T.S (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios) in Brussels. Since finishing his studies in 2008, Jos has made a piece called Creature, man don’t tell me (2008) as well as a duet with his father entitled Feedback(2009). He could be seen in In the process of… (2009) by Zoi Dimitroi as well as work by DV8 Physical Theatre which he joined for a brief period. Next to his stage work, Jos also created a music video for Forgot to Live – Ay Wing and a short film in collaboration with Yves Houtmann, with J’te Ramene as working title. He joined Peeping Tom in March 2009 for the creation of 32 rue Vandenbranden and then of A Louer (2011).

MARTINA LA RAGIONE dancer and choreographer with contemporary dance and floorwork as speciality.