”RADICAL ALIVENESS AND RESPONSIBLE CITIZENSHIP” - ANYA CLOUD
Dancing is an action of reflection, a symbolic ritual, a way to be present.
I love to share the gift of movement, leading people into body awareness and somatic explorations.
Endurance and commitment is a tool I work with in my teaching, it offers space for observation both in the inner and outer world in continuous motion. I believe in practicing embodied value systems: radical aliveness and responsible citizenship.
Dance practice as life practice, dancing is the teacher. I have been developing my material for different groups: students in folk high schools, students that are preparing for a higher education in performing arts, professional dancers and curious citizens.
OPEN CLASSES - FOR ALL CURIOUS PEOPLE
2018-2021 // DDSKS, WORKSHOP FOUNDATION - BUDAPEST, CAMPING PARIS, MEATAMORPHOSIS FESTIVAL
Already during my education and ever since, I have been offering open improvisation classes. For a long time before studying dance I have been taking improvisation classes in the evenings after my office work until I decided to pursue dancing professionally. I’ve experienced myself the changes that are being made possible through movement, regarding self-knowledge, awareness, presence and creativity, so my desire to facilitate spaces for movement and self-discovery stems from that.
Come as you are:
The intention of the class is to work with the body that we have, the knowledge we contain, and the relational intelligence that appears in the space between us. We'll move through what we can do as a collective body, building on our individual capacities. We will be cultivating our skills to be ready, to be alive during the class. We expand our awareness of the body of others, the space and beyond guided by the information available to us – visible, invisible, imaginary, and real alike. We build memory, tools for playing, we practice precision, finding personal solutions. We draw and layer the material that we have built together practicing radical care and "responsible citizenship". It's training our spark, joy, curiosity for dancing on our own and with others, our power and subtlety, practicing humanness, our interconnected nature, and community. What happens depends on who shows up, we are the material for the work and „the how” emerge from the present moment.
As much as I ever could:
During my graduation I investigated open bodies, the permeability of our existence, and rays of light, movements and letters of care.
2019-2020 // ORGANIZED BY DANSEHALLERNE AND PNEUMA SZÖV. – ART GROUP BUDAPEST
In the professional training I’m focusing on the qualities that I find lacking with the disappearance of the frame of the school education. Group work, multidirectional awareness, commitment, energy work, and clarity of choice making. I also bring my own research to the table. I’ve also collaborated with the Hungarian art group Pneuma Szöv. holding their open movement training and workout and choreographing for their public space project: Airobic/Légkondi #1 Discobedience, in the wish to share the joy of moving outside with the possibility to connect it to a purposeful action, specifically a climate strike.
Other bodies along the way:
My aim with the classes is to get clear and intentional on what we need to let go of, ways of tuning in with what is here and now, and imagining for future movements and play. In persistence, repetition, vibrations. Shifting our energies as a collective offering for the love of dance. What if there are no unnecessary movements? The classes can be taken individually, yet they are part of a coherent whole, and showing up every day would be ideal and in support of a deeper process.
“I got very inspired of how you transform body-mind theory and practices into dance practice. You guide in a calm, creative and open way that encourages intuition to emerge in a safe space.” - Stisa Søgaard
“Thank you for a wonderful morning class. What a way to enter the day with openness and soft gaze.” - Julie Schmidt Andreassen
“As I'm a visual artist coming from dance your workshop was perfect for me guiding me into finding my own movement. I really enjoyed how you gently guided us into a dance from our natural way and everyday movement of cleaning and so on. I was thinking of Isadora Duncan :) Thank you again for providing a safe space and time for finding inner safety for trusting the movements we have inside.” - Sophie Dupont
FOR PERFORMING ART STUDENTS
2020 // AKADEMIET
For students that aspire to be actors, dancers, performing artists, beside the main principles I am focusing on the artistic expression of movement, creation, individual and collective alike, witnessing and performativity, choreography and dance history.
This is the feedback I got:
“I have evaluated trio 2020 with the students. They were very happy with your workshop. They mentioned your personal and clear approach to the work, your strong presence and your ability to rethink the work in a transparent way. In short > They loved it.” - Poul Helmer
FOR FOLK HIGH SCHOOLS
2020 // RY HØJSKOLE
I have been responsible for the dance program in Ry Højskole for the first period of their education. My focus has been to offer a basic introduction to improvisation, without compromising the complexity of the material, sharing tools to enter the perception of the body, become present and be able to monitor and play with their own attention expanding their awareness and get real conscious about their choice-making. I aimed to facilitate a vulnerable space where students feel safe to move, to move out of their comfort zones, to discover the capacities of their own bodies, the power of the group and how we are all connected, the shared responsibility of the spaces we create. This is my introduction video for the classes.
A feedback I received from a student at the end of our course:
“I learned the value of a great teacher who creates a space to be vulnerable together. Really powerful.” - Malthe B.