Countertechnique Seminar with M. Eugenia Demeglio
Countertechnique provides tools for body and mind to deal with the demanding dance practice of the 21st
century. It is a movement system to help the dancer think about the dancing body, focusing on the process
of incorporating information into action.
Within a clear structure of exercises the Countertechnique class thoroughly prepares the body for rehearsal
and performance, enabling dancers to move bigger, more uidly and more spatially, while becoming stronger
and more exible. Dancers are encouraged to be pro-active in discovering connections and solutions, to be
less concerned with judging themselves and to work in a healthy way with regard to body and mind.
Countertechnique makes daily training a valuable investment in the dancer’s own development, as well as
interesting personal research.
Countertechnique was created and developed by Dutch choreographer, dancer and teacher Anouk van
Dijk, currently artistic director of Australian dance company Chunky Move.
The Countertechnique class is a contemporary dance technique class. It stretches, coordinates and
strengthens the body, making the dancer sweat, build stamina and really move.
The class starts with a recurring set of exercises, allowing dancers to investigate the Countertechnique®
principles in detail.
The second half of the class consists of changing components, working towards luscious
movement combinations and jumping at the end.
The Countertechnique class results in dancers using less energy, losing their fear of taking risks and
gaining speed in changing direction.
Through improvisation, games and theory, the elements of Countertechnique will be further investigated.
M. EUGENIA DEMEGLIO
M. Eugenia Demeglio is an Italian maker and educator, currently living and working between the UK, Italy
and Greece. She has obtained her BA in Choreography from Codarts, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (NL) in
2008 and her MA in Curatorial Practice from Falmouth University (UK) in 2011.
Her practice includes movement and improvisation performances, installations, participatory events, videos
and community projects. Her works have been presented in various institutions in The Netherlands, Italy,
France, Greece and Austria – among others, Utrecht Academiegebouw, Korzo Theater, Theater Lantaren
Venster, Nederlandse Architectuur Instituut, Fondazione Pistoletto and BJCEM.
M. Eugenia Demeglio is an Associate Lecturer in Dance at Falmouth University, and on a freelance basis
also thoroughly enjoys teaching impro-workshops to actors and non-dancers. She has become one of the
twenty certified Countertechnique teachers in the world in 2014, the only one residing in the UK.
“Dance has the power of engaging with its audience on a level that transcends space, time and private, by
stretching the boundaries of the sensitive realm. A performer therefore is an individual sharing her/his
entirety with those who witness, a practice that requires extreme listening of one’s existence, what I define a
full citizenship of the body.
A class of Countertechnique transcends mere repetition and physical exercise for impeccable bodies, in
favor of the training of an all-round performer: it stimulates to a high level both the body and mind of an
individual, as well as the relationship between them and movement, towards a healthy and joyful approach to
dancing, a proper citizenship of the body. Its intrinsic balance between the preparation of body and mind
makes it an invaluable daily training for a performer, a companion for a healthy and happy career.”
Time: 12.00 – 15.00
Register at: 210-9248328 or at email@example.com
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