Bodywork and movement: inspired by Ilan Lev Method
As much as we love intensive, playful and deepening dance training, taking care of our body and taking time for recovery and body awareness is equally important! Bodywork focuses on gaining more insight in our body structure, which supports us to dance and move in a healthy way and more generally: integrate healthy movement patterns in our daily life.
Highly recommended for every dancer and generally for everybody.
About Bodywork and movement : inspired by Ilan Lev Method
An adaptable, conscious, curious body has more control, stability and ease. In order for our bodies to become available, our systems must first learn to work as a whole. We start by isolating movements of individual body parts, realising that each action and every particular movement connects to the whole body, has supporters throughout the body and is sustained by the totality of the dialogue between the parts.
We will be learning about a different body part in each session, with great detail and complexity. Each class will start with a guided exploration that will develop into movement. In the second part we will work in pairs on aspects of bodywork, developing our physical awareness and our sensitivity of touch.
The Ilan lev Method was developed in Israel in the 90’s. Ilan took the ideas he learned from Feldenkrais and developed them into a more dynamic and integral movement. Ilan was giving treatments regularly to the Bat Sheva dance company’s dancers and developed a dialog with Ohad Naharin (creator of GAGA) which can be seen in the similarities of the two methods.
About Ady Elzam:
Ady Elzam has been practicing body awareness and somatic practices since 2006. Over the course of his career as a dancer, Ady has developed his own way of approaching the body through movement.
He first heard about the Ilan Lev method after an injury, and he was amazed by the technique’s playfulness, joyfulness and ability to heal. He joined one of Ilan’s first practitioner training cycles in 2010, after which he became Ilan’s assistant for 4 years and gave treatments all around Israel.
In for more bodywork, movement and dance?
On Thursday evenings, Stephanie Van Aken teaches bodywork into movement, followed by a movement exploration into dance taught by Mileen. Both make an ideal combination with the contact improvisation class directly after.
The first session takes place on a Saturday, the following 2 sessions on Sunday! /// Wear clothes in which you can move easily. Bring a bottle of water, a blanket and a yoga mat.