As an artist, teacher and therapist I highlight those stories and experiences by reflecting on them in movement, words, performance and film.
In my work I join my experience as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, therapist and movement analyst. I teach at the arts universities in Amsterdam (AHK) and Rotterdam (Codarts), I create performances and dance films, I work in my private practice as a dance therapist with people in personal development in Amsterdam and I coach performing artists in finding integration between body, interpersonal space and audience. Movement, embodiment and creativity are the connecting themes among my different working fields.
To me, dance ranges from taking a breath or moving one arm to moving complex dance material. Movement allows us to connect our inner sensations to the outer world, to communicate with others and to manifest our existence in this world. The personal journey is often the starting point. These personal explorations can develop into art when we bring awareness to the universal aspect of our story and by letting it transform into an artistic product.
When I was a child, I often danced in my room. Without music or public, I would just climb a chair; jump off and my “performance” would start. I had a huge and colorful inner world – my body wanted to dance, sing and jump. There was something that wanted to get out – or more accurately: needed to get out. When I was coming into puberty I started taking classes in dance and theatre. In a dance studio I experienced freedom and inner space. It felt as if I could fly and time seized to exist.
When I was twenty I started studying contemporary dance and choreography in Amsterdam and went for an internship to New York. My training was based on the natural use of the body and the use of choreographic principle in a non-traditional way. I dived into the world of art and got inspired by other art disciplines.
After finishing my studies I started creating dance performances. I worked together with artists of various disciplines. At the same time I started teaching movement to different groups, like theatre students, migrant women, athletes and kids. I broadened my artistic and physical knowledge in order to create my work. The focus of my work shifted to the inner human condition. In addition to performances in theatres, I searched for other locations to show my work; an old factory location, a meadow or a storehouse. The surroundings were important for the experience I wanted to create: the estranged body in an industrial surrounding, the body in contact with nature, the intimate body in a domestic setting.
While being on my journey, I realized that together with my students and my performers, I was not only busy improving technique or creating a beautiful performance, but we also worked on a bigger intrinsic awareness: more grounding, more contact with oneself, clearer connection with the world around us. This was the moment that I started my second education for Master in Dance Therapy in Rotterdam (Codarts). The education had a big impact on me. I started to reflect more on the connection between body, mind and emotion.
I started working at the Arts Universities in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, teaching my students in Release Flow Technique, Partnering/Contact, Improvisation and Composition. My students helped me clarify my knowledge and provided a daily mirror and feedback. Next to my daily work as a dance teacher and my choreographic work, I started working in a psychiatric clinic and a forensic setting. Most of the people I worked with had never danced before. It was a good learning experience to work with so many different people. I was surprised and pleased to encounter the strength of this form of therapy for people that where not connected to dance. It brought them back into contact with their vitality and creativity. At the same time I started my own practice in dance therapy, where I support clients in their personal development.
In 2011 I decided to start my third education in Laban Movement Analyses in Edinburgh and I graduated in the summer of 2014. For my final exam I coached classical music students on improving their physical alignment in their playing routine, on working on sustainability in practice and performance and on being present while performing. I have experienced LMA/BF as a great application to achieve all this. This process with this new population has been rich with many discoveries. True embodiment, with a harmonic balance between inner sensation and outer awareness, is intrinsic to authentic expression. A physical training to warm up in presence, attention and the ability to connect and bridge the inner to the outer world is the key to successful performance and sustainability.
My three different studies – dance/choreography, dance therapy and movement analyses – form the base for all my different work. They lead me and bring me towards a deeper level of understanding from where I can make the connection between the moving body, our physical presence and our motivation to interact with the world.
The body has many stories to tell. I believe that the life story of a person is reflected in the body. As a choreographer I share these movement stories with the public, as a teacher I work with the body and its stories to enlarge creativity and physical ability, and as a therapist I mirror these stories to give insight in behavior and to find new possibilities of interaction.
| • Studies •
|2011-2014||Certificated Movement Analyst (CMA, LBMS), Edinburgh, Great Britain|
|2000-2006||Master in Dance Therapy (MA), Rotterdam, the Netherlands|
|1992|| Internship in New York, dance study with Trisha Brown, Bebe Miller,Movement Research, Limon Technique
(Ruth Currier), New York City
|1987-1992||Bachelor in contemporary dance and choreography, Amsterdam, the Netherlands|
• Own Productions •
|2012-2015||Horizon – dance film with Marieke Dermul||2000|| Cera/Wachs it takes two festival, duet together
with Nuria Manglano
|2008-2010||Leeuwenhart, youth performance||1997|| Zwarte Vlinders Dansplatvorm Rotterdam
Sarah Ringoet en Nuria Manglano
|2006||Twisted Doors solo dance: Mirte Courtens||1997||De koe op de dam Westergasfabriek, het Kabinet|
|2006|| G.E:H/E?i,M! Tweetakt/Theaterwerk NL,
openening performance Tweetakt
|1996||Fresh Tracks plays Fresh Tracks Graansilo Amsterdam|
|2005|| Der Schnee und das Madchen dance film
with Danielle van de Ven
|1995||De straat DNA De Nieuwe Amsterdam|
|2004/2005|| Kom dichter youth performance
|1995||Verweerde Spiegels Danswerkplaats, Melkweg, tour|
|2002||Nu. Berenkuil, Lab production, youngsters||1993|| The Unmovable met Ana Buitrogo, tournee Holland,
|2001|| Dansmarathon 5 choreographers in the
Stadschouwburg in Utrecht
|1992|| Fabulous Thing Sweet Killer Solo, music Michel
Ackermann, tour Germany, Holland
|2001|| Taumeln Stadschouwburg Zwolle, Den Haag,
• Directing, coaching (selection) •
|2003||Some blonde gave me nightmares Sarah Ringoet||1998||Mandala Pauline de Groot, Jenn Ben Yakov|
|2002||Zucht Orkater Ria Marks||1994||Strangers in Paradise Fabian Chyle, Sabina Holzer|
|2000||Mud Maaike van Dijk||1994||Hamletmachine Nada Kokotovik|
|2000||Wonderful World Claire Fleury|
• Performance in productions of other artists (selection) •
|2006||Instead of... Tino Seghal Stedelijke Museum Amsterdam||1998||In de Onderwereld Tender, Muziektheater Amsterdam|
|2003||Hundred thousand Million days Sarah Ringoet Gasthuis||1992||Memorial Yoshiko Chuma, Theater Place New York|
|2002||Mosquito Memories Sousan Gillson Westergasfabriek|
• Teaching Modern dance technique partnering, improvisation and composition. •
|2006||until now Codarts Rotterdam’s Dansacademie||1998-2000||Hogeschool voor de Kunsten SNDO|
|1996||until now Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (Mime, ATKA)||2005||until now DOX Utrecht|
|2004-2014||Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (Directing)||1995|| until now summer workshop contact improvisation
and authentic movement in baileenelaire
Katharina’s artistic work is characterized by a pure and sensory approach of the body towards space.
She believes that the body has many stories to tell that can enrich us by sharing them and seeing the beauty in them.
The themes for her performances come from personal and interpersonal sources such as influences of urban life on people,
emotional starting points such as rage and courage, rituals of mourning, coming-of-age themes (in her work for youngsters) and physical/emotional themes
like finding balance between surrender and struggle. Katharina likes to present them in the most pure physical form, with attention to musicality,
space and light. She works with various artists from other disciplines, such as musicians,
visual artists and theatre makers, and often works on sight-specific locations in nature or in urban environment.
Her fascination as a choreographer lies in the ludicrous beauty of imperfection. Her work is pure, dynamic and poetic.
Katharina has been teaching for more than 20 years within many different settings.
She teaches Release Flow Technique, Partnering/Contact, Composition, Improvisation, Applying Creativity and Laban Movement Analyses. She is employed at the Amsterdam Arts University (Mime and Acting department) and Codarts (Master Dance Therapy education and Master of Music at the Arts University in Rotterdam) and advises the artistic work of theatre makers as a movement dramaturge and coach. If you are interested in a workshop or if you want some individual teaching, please feel free to contact her.
What is dance therapy?
Dance therapy is an experiential and body-oriented form of therapy in which dance and movement are used to initiate a process of change.
You will gain insight into your behavior, your pitfalls, your feelings and your body signals. You will learn to allow flow and creativity into your life. You will feel more comfortable in your body and more alive and present. Dance therapy gives the possibility to gain profound self-knowledge, to recognize physical sensations and feelings faster and to deal with the challenges of life in a more positive way.
• Get more in touch with your body
What you can achieve with dance therapy:
• Be more comfortable in your body
• Allow flow and creativity in your life
• Be aware of sensations and feelings
• Integrate experiences in a bodily felt way
• Receive tools to initiate changes
• See more possibilities and use them
• Learn to shape your life actively
• Be more courageous and outreaching
• want to investigate in personal
development through movement & dance.
• struggle with stress and burnout complaints.
• deal with physical and psychosomatic disorders.
• experience imbalance in thinking, feeling and acting.
• have questions and blocks around intimacy and bodily experience.
• are about to make big changes in your life.
• want to get in touch with creativity.
• want to explore your future wishes and dreams.
• want to exercise new patterns in life.
~ Alice Elsenburg (Alice was a client of Katharina) ~
~ Monique Leferink op Reinink
(Psychotherapist, group psychotherapist and supervisor NVGP at GGZ Centraal | Monique worked directly with Katharina at dansentherapie (www.dansentherapie.nl)) ~
~ Nicki Wentholt (coordinator/manager master in Dance Therapy at Codarts, University for the Arts) ~
• Get more in touch with your body
What is coaching?
Coaching is a goal-oriented
form of therapy and focuses on personal development.
In an atmosphere of respect and integrity you will learn to develop yourself on a personal and professional level.
What you can achieve with coaching:
• Increase self-confidence
• Develop leadership competencies
• Balance between work and private life
• Define goals
• Learn to make choices
• Clarify and change behavior and thought patterns that hinder growth
• Learn to balance between feeling, thinking and acting
• Work on self-acceptance and preservation of authenticity
• Discover personal qualities, talents and strength
• Practice and apply newly acquired competencies and skills
|If you want to:|
|• develop and fully use your potential.
• improve the quality of your life and/or your work.
• work on challenges.
• hold a management position.
• receive supervision as a therapy student.
What is Effective Movement Coaching?
When you are a performing artist, your body is your instrument;
regardless of whether you are a musician, an actor, a politician, a teacher, an athlete or a manager. The body – your instrument – is often not available in its complete potential. The body can feel fragmented and your communication/performance skills may not be working effectively. Our professional potential is inseparably linked to the kinetic choices we constantly make, consciously and unconsciously. Our intentions are patterned in our habits. Thus a restriction or maladjustment may arise. Effective Movement Coaching helps to gain insight into how one uses the body in professional activities. With Effective Movement Coaching you will get concrete and practical ways to change your patterns and improve your skills. As a result, you learn to use your full potential in your work, develop effective practice methods, and become more successful and happy in your profession.
|What you can achieve with
Effective Movement Coaching:
|• Use your body as an instrument
• Improve physical expressivity >
• Develop safe and supportive practice methods
• Improve communication skills
• Develop awareness of interpersonal space
• Enjoy public speaking
• Use body language consciously
• Handle stress during auditions
• Perform on spot with a well-grounded body
• Reduce physical injuries
• Anyone interested
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