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Master Class with Milan Herich


November 2023 will see the launch of the new Master Class series, curated by Damián Cortés Alberti, inviting renowned dancers and dance educators to lead a Master Class workshop at the RedSapata Sonnenstein Loft.

The first Master Class workshop - Flying Low with Milan Herich - will take place from 6 to 11 November 2023.

Workshop description

This workshop focuses mainly on the dancer’s relationship with the floor. The class utilizes simple movement patterns that involve breathing, speed and the release of energy throughout the body in order to activate the relationship between the center and the joints, moving in and out of the ground more efficiently by maintaining a centered state. There is a focus on the skeletal structure that will help improve the dancers physical perception and alertness. The class includes partnering work and movement phrases, which explore the primary laws of physics: cohesion and expansion.

The body is constantly spiraling, whether running or standing. These spirals help the dancers into the floor and out of the floor. These spirals already exist; this workshop focuses on finding them. The spirals help the dancer see themselves and the room from all sides. The dancer knows what is behind him/her as he/she goes forward. To activate these spirals, students locate their center and move all of their joints from this center. Arms, legs, hands, toes, elbows, feet become extensions of the center. The spirals propel the class all over the room, both on the ground and upright. This is the flying low technique.

About Milan Herich

Born in Slovakia, Milan began his dance training with the traditional Slovak children's dance company Dumbier and graduated from the Banska Bystrica Dance Conservatory. In 2002 he continued his danceeducation at the renowned P.A.R.T.S. school in Brussels under the direction of Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker. Milan has worked with various choreographers and companies, including Ultima Vez / Wim Vandekeybus in the creations „Puur“ (2005) and „Booting Looting“ (2013). He also collaborated with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui on the show „Myth“ (2007). For more than 19 years, he has worked continuously with David Zambrano as an assistant in classes and workshops and as an interpreter in the works: „12 flies went out at noon“, „3 flies went out at noon“, „Rabbit Project“, „Soul Project“ and „Holes“.

Milan Herich is a co-founder of Les SlovaKs Dance Collective, where he created „Opening Night“ (2007), „Journey Home“ (2009), „The Concert“, live concert of traditional music and singing (2010) and their last show, „Fragments“. In 2013 he also collaborated with the choreographer Anton Lachky on the creations „Mind Gap“ and „Side Effects“. Together with David Zambrano, Milan created a solo for Mr Folk, which was performed throughout Europe and Latin America. He also has experience as a coach and choreographer in works of the renowned circus company Rasposo, („Morsure“, 2014, „La Dévorée“, 2017). At the end of 2018, he directed and choreographed a full evening performance together with Petr Forman „Turn over a new leaf“ for the circus school, ESAC, in Brussels.



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