© photo: video still by Paul Sixta
Since 2010, I am teaching a development of Flying Low and Passing Through of David Zambrano or workshops around the content of each piece based in my own conceptual and movement research practice.
Working with David Zambrano during the most intensive period he taught in a row in the 50 days in Costa Rica project, in 2010 and through extensively studying the techniques since 2005, I’ve gained the teaching qualifications and certification for Flying Low and Passing through, which I am since then integrating in my own teaching practice, always in constant change and development.
I am a faculty member of Artez Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Arnhem (NL), BA Dance Performance – being a guide to some of the 4th year students since 2013; a regular jury in the school’s committee for the admission auditions since 2012 and regular staff teacher since 2011; I am part of the Artistic board for Formação Avançada em Interpretação e Criação Coreográfica (FAICC), Companhia Instável, Porto (PT); the Coordinator of the FCT subject (internships in a working context) at Ginasiano Escola de Dança since 2015 and a regular guest lecturer at Codarts, University for the Arts, Rotterdam (NL) since 2010.
Since then, I’ve been teaching regularly at:
- K3 –Zentrum fur Choreographie, KAMPNAGEL Hamburg
- Marameo, Berlin
- MD Kollektiv, Koln
- Theater Pforzheim
- Contemporary Dance School Hamburg
- Folkwang Universität der Künste, Essen
- Stary Browar, Poznan
- Fórum Dança
- Ginasiano Escola de Dança
- ACE – Academia Contemporânea do Espectáculo
- XX Estágio de Dança de Aveiro
- Boca Bienal
- Jazzy & Estúdio 5
- Companhia Instável
- Academia Gimnoarte
- Ballet Contemporâneo do Norte
- GAD – Giselle Academia de Dança
- Plesna Izba Maribor
- Centro Danza Canal, Madrid
- ArtEZ – Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Arnhem (BA Dance Performance)
- Codarts – Rotterdamse Dansacademie (BA Dance Performance)
- Henny Jurriens Stichting
- Circle, Rotterdam
- de Stilte, Breda
- Dansateliers Rotterdam
- Danstraining Brabant
- Gabriella Maiorino/ Dansmakers Amsterdam
- Crosstown Den Haag
United States of America;
MY CLASS DESCRIPTION
Flying-Low – Technique Class
Flying Low – finding the flow
50% Flying Low based exercices + 30% understanding of the principles through couple work and touch related exercices + 10% finding individual solutions through doing + 5% observation of the others + 5% forgetting the exercise because the music is so good!
In her class, Cristina embodies and shares her knowledge of David Zambrano’s Flying Low adapted to her own artistic vision, very often described as a softer and spatially complex approach with a somatic basis. The original technique focuses on the dancers relationship with the floor by utilizing simple movement sequences and by practicing speed and the release of energy throughout the body in order to activate the centre. There is a special attention given to the extremities as extensions of the centre and indicators of direction, proposing awareness and clarity to the movement. In Cristina’s practice, the dynamics of the class increase progressively using imagery: several states of consistency of the body and density of the space are explored. The material challenges each participant to discover the primary laws of physics: cohesion and expansion and therefore many basic exercises are deconstructed into a more explorative work to achieve the right individual state to develop further. The class is built with several short set exercises where participants are challenged to find their own way of doing and what are the pathways that cross through their bodies, rather than established formulas or shapes; as well as complementary exercises in couples for a better understanding of those physical properties & the movement quality itself. During the class we constantly practice the principles rather than the exercises and everyone is challenged into disconnecting from the usual right & left or front & back idea. The proposed exercises change everyday, so no attachment needed! The idea of a total body and to get to where we want with all of ourselves can be used in anyone’s’ artistic practice.
Passing Through – Workshop
Passing Through is David Zambrano’s approach to special real time composition & improvisation. It’s a set of tools organized by different chapters from very simple and close to each other to more complex challenging the whole space around each one. In the making of movement compositions, we focus on creating and developing the dynamics for complex systems to present leadership in the form of a group web.
We constantly practice adaptability of body and mind. The group will create dynamics that will be flexible, complex, getting the participants to fit tight together, yet always keeping doors open for the unpredictable. The group moves constantly, transforming the environment of the dance.
The room is full of pathways – infinite pathways passing through the walls, the floor, even the bodies. These pathways go in any direction and are filled with curves, large and small. Visible and invisible spirals are constantly passing through the participants and they are challenged to play with invisible forces around them in order to enrich their vocabulary. Thus the passing through is created into a spontaneous composition. When the group becomes one mind, it can never get lost, there is never one person leading or following, every one is leading or following, depending on the situation. The student will learn to instantly connect with their environment and become more spontaneous in the making of choices as an improviser. The choosing and doing is one. By the end, dancers will dissolve into other dancers as one with the environment.
ABOUT DAVID ZAMBRANO & THE TECHNIQUES
Short Interview to David Zambrano
“Where did Flying-Low come from? – When David Zambrano started dancing professionally at age 21, he threw himself into it fully. So fully, that he eventually damaged his middle arches and could not stand up on his own for six months. Instead of letting this derail his very young dance career, he used it to develop a technique that he now teaches worldwide. (…) Zambrano never stopped moving. He would go to the gym and roll around the mats like a reptile everyday, gaining strength in his arches and examining his relationship to the ground, the earth. (…) As Zambrano traveled around the New York City to rehearsals, he incorporated this newly developed exercise plan into a warm-up routine. Onlookers noticed his unconventional style and asked to Zambrano to train them. The Flying Low technique was born. “
About David Zambrano _ For over 20 years, David Zambrano has been a monumental figure in the international dance community, and his passion for cultural exchange continues to influence his work. Living and making work in Amsterdam and teaching/performing internationally, Zambrano is an ambassador and liaison across many borders, bringing together artists from all over the planet for his projects. An inspiring teacher, thrilling performer, and innovative choreographer, Zambrano has contributed generously to the field of dance in ways that have influenced many and impacted the dance world from several angles. His development of the “Flying Low” and “Passing Through” techniques are among his recent innovations that have helped to lead improvisational dance into an exciting future. Many of his projects have continuously influenced Zambrano’s pedagogic methods, keeping them fresh and interesting for the students from around the globe.