SCHOOL OF NATURAL MOVEMENT
cRollateral Movement (CROM) is the name of the copyright education programme by Marija Šćekić, a contemporary dancer, a choreographer and the driving force behind Histeria Nova. CROM is an acronym for the “Croatian Lateral Movement” which denotes the informal, less popular, non-commercial dance education with interdisciplinary approach to human movement. Marija Šćekić has implemented and taught CROM in the Republic of Croatia since 2000, and her School of Natural Movement and Dance opened its doors on 6th of November 2017 in Zadar and welcomed all students (dancers and non-dancers) for the regular all-year classes and courses.
The philosophy of the Marija Šćekić’s School of Natural Movement and Dance is based on raising the awareness of and perfecting the neuromuscular communication as an important factor in achieving harmonised movement, not only in dance and on the stage but in everyday lives of the students.
Teaching the empirical anatomy and biomechanics of human movement are the basic rules in teaching the dance movement in the Marija Šćekić’s School. The emphasis of this programme and its goal is to teach the fundamental somatic, bodily, dance, martieal arts and artistic techniques and methods (BMC, Feldenkreis, Ginastica Natural, Pilates, Yoga, Butoh, Laban, etc.) from the segments of contemporary dance, sports and physical culture in general. The students gain experience in finding the instinctive, natural and innate moves in their body that serve as a basis for further development of their creative and artistic potential.
A sense of the rhythm and music are the basic rules in teaching the dance movement in the Marija Šćekić’s School. The emphasis of this programme and its goal is to teach the fundamental somatic, bodily, dance, martieal arts and artistic techniques and methods (BMC, Feldenkreis, Ginastica Natural, Pilates, Yoga, Butoh, Laban, etc.) from the segments of contemporary dance, sports and physical culture in general. The students gain experience in finding the instinctive, natural and innate moves in their body that serve as a basis for further development of their creative and artistic potential.
The contemporary dance art is a very sensitive science of man and a means of non-verbal communication that is specific for man, which not only aims at development of body movement, but it also develops, shapes and fosters the man in a dancer’s body. Therefore, the understanding, giving and receiving of proper education, constructive criticism are highly valuable when assessing the work and development of each and every student. The programme puts and emphasis on learning of different methods of the creative process and choreography techniques. At the end, every stage artist, dancer, actor or musician is a human being who uses his or her body as a unique instrument. What is more, every human being learns, comprehends and acquires knowledge in a specific way. Symmetry and asymmetry of these similarities and differences among the students are the main guiding principle of creation and developoment of the CROM programme.
- A return to the natural, instinctive, innate experience
- Development of the individual artistic and creative potential of attendants
- Perfecting kinaesthetic sensibility and proprioceptive skills of dancers/artists
- Modernisation of the current dance education in the Republic of Croatia
- High-quality education of young people and promotion of interdisciplinary collaboration and professional advancement
- Promotion and protection of the cultural and natural heritage of the Republic of Croatia through development of the innovative vertical dance
- Securing professional and qualified teachers in order to provide the maximum quality of the programme and by means of that, the quality of development of the creative and artistic potential of every student
- Positive environment: Bearing in mind the subjective nature of art as well as it objective reality, conflicts of opinion between the attendants are both frequent and necessary, just as it is the case with the good will to maintain the efficiency of the creative process and social cohesion.
The collaboration with Ana Maletić School of Contemporary Dance (Škola suvremenog plesa Ane Maletić in 2005-2006), the collaboration with the Academy of Dramatic Art (Akademija dramske umjetnosti) in establishing the Contemporaray Dance Department (2009) and the collaboration with the elementary school of ballet and contemporary dance at Juraj Dalmatinac elementary school in Šibenik (2012-to date) are only some of the institutional collaborations in wich the CROM education programm by Marija Šćekić has been either partially of fully implemented.