MARTIAL ARTS CHOREOGRAPHY
Lecturers: David Greeves (GB) & Ishita Reina (India)
Organization: Histeria Nova • Center of culture, Đakovo
Location: Center of culture, Đakovo
Time: April 27th, 2022 / International Dance Day
This is a physical theatre movement based workshop drawing upon martial training techniques with a focus on grounding, body alignment, body awareness and contact work. The workshop will be led by David Greeves and Ishita Raina from Yskynna Vertical Dance Theatre co.
All physical training starts with breath and connection to the ground, through your stance and body
alignment. How we move, how we stand and how we can move in action are all influenced by our posture
and alignment and how we can move in contact with the floor. Building upon exercises from Qi Qong
and Tai Chi practice and influences of Suzuki and LeCoq technique with a focus on developing
energetic engagement and expressive and performance qualities, the workshop will guide participants
through a process of individual, partner and collective technical and creative advancement. Floor
sequences and contact work will feature to develop understanding of weight application, force, time
Off the ground activities will depend on the rigging potential of the space. Traditional circus equipment such a single point trapeze, straps, silks and rope may be utilized to develop floor to air movement vocabulary. We would aim to build on participants existing skill sets and offer new ways of working.
Silk cocoon and single point harness with an option of partner work with pulley systems will give a wide range of movement opportunities for both technical advancement and creative work.
Come prepared with an open mind, heart and ready to move body.
DAVID GREEVES (GB) is a choreographer, performer, director and professional rigger. He has worked with aerial wire performance for over 23 years. Having extensive international experience in movement direction, aerial training and rigging for worldwide productions, working with actors, dancers, martial artists and active people with an interest in flying work. Founding Yskynna to offer training for local professionals in dance and performance, and developing and pioneering vertical dance in Cornwall for the community, with an emphasis on great creative and physical experiences accessible for all.
David has worked extensively and tirelessly throughout his career: with movement direction, aerial and fight choreography for Opera productions at the Royal Opera House, fight direction & flying choreographer for productions such as Jaan e Jigar for Raj Mahal Theatre in Dubai, rigging for Glastonbury Festival's Big Top, and as the lead puppeteer for Golden Tree's Man Engine, to name a few.
Instilling confidence through rigorous work method for safety and creative endeavour, David leads the creative drive for the company.
ISHITA REINA (India) is a dancer and an aerialist. She has trained in Dance, aerial apparatus and harness work under Tino Sanchez for 7 years (2013 – 2020) at Omaggio performing company based in Goa, India.
She started dancing with The Danceworx in Delhi (2009 – 2013) and performed for over 100 shows at KOD (Kingdom of Dreams, Gurgaon) in the musical Jhumroo. She did a summer intensive with SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance) in 2011. She was invited by the NDCW (National dance company of Wales) after their collaboration with The Danceworx, Delhi (Cascade) in 2013 for a dance project - Alternative Routes 2013. There she worked with the choreographers: Mathieu Geffré and Matteo Marfoglia.
She has learnt her skill set over a period of time from various teachers – Tino Sanchez (Dance and aerial), David Greeves (bridge and harness), Asa Kubaik (silk), Celia Amade (contemporary dance), Alicia Cabrero (contemporary ballet and contemporary dance), Manon (ballet), Larissa (ballet) to name a few.