LABAN IN THE AIR 2 - Spain 2018

donderdag, 18 januari 2018
Published in Workshops & News


with Katharina Conradi

13- 21 July 2018

Summer dance retreat in Southern Spain


The Workshop – Body-Mapping and Crystalline Dancing

In this workshop we will work with our potential to move from an authentic resource. This year the attention will be on finding the connection between inner space and outer space through Body-Mapping and working with the Platonic Solids (Crystalline Dancing) on the dance floor and in nature. We will explore our Moving Self in dance through the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System, guided by principles such as Breath, Dynamic Alignment, Core Support, Developmental Patterning, Body Landmarks, Rotation and Spatial Intent. Each concept will be presented through simple experiential movement platforms that awaken the body’s attention and wisdom to its functional anatomy and presence in space.

In the second half of the workshop we will investigate our dance in relation to inner experience as we connect with nature and other dancers. This will include shared partner dances (Contact Improvisation), witnessing each other in authentic dances (Authentic Movement) and building a personal and meaningful solo in contact with the stunning surrounding of water, earth, mountains, stars, moon and sun. The workshop will be balanced in exertive and recuperative parts. The joy of moving, our authentic ways of dancing, contact with what is surrounding us and who is surrounding us will be important keystones in this work. They will shape the unique connections with our inner and outer landscape in dance. This workshop is open to people of all levels in dance.

Katharina Conradi MA (Dance Therapy) CMA (Certified Movement Analyst) is a choreographer, dance therapist and dance educator based in Amsterdam. She works at the University for the Performing Arts in Amsterdam and Rotterdam (NL). She teaches internationally in Poland, Spain, Germany, New York and Belgium. Katharina wrote a book with Matina Sideri, presents “Moving Our Selves” intensives with her colleague Joanna Brotman, and works as a therapist in her own private practice. Her main approach is to use the body and creative process as a source and possibility for growth. 

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The location Baile en el aire (Dancing in the air)

This dance and theatre center is situated in the South of Spain in the Alpujarras, a good hour driving from Granada. It is a beautiful landscape with lots of waterfalls, amazing chestnut trees, endless sunshine and nights full of stars. The property has different little houses (fincas), all very specially furnished and painted. There is a big vegetable garden and an amazing swimming pool with a little island in the middle just ten meters from the dance floor. The water is natural and fresh and comes from the mountains! The dance floor is open air with a very good wooden floor and a shade roof. The shower and toilet facilities are simple but wonderful and all functioning on solar energy. The land is at 1500 m of heights, surrounded by the Sierra Nevada and open to the Mediterranean seaside. The place has different size rooms (1 to 3 people in one room) in different tiny houses. You can rest or take walks, and enjoy the waterfalls and the beautiful panoramic landscape. The food, vegetarian and delicious, is offered twice a day: breakfast and a large Mediterranean meal at 3 pm. In the late afternoons there is time to have a siesta, walk to the beautiful villages surrounding our center, or work independently on the dance space.

Practical information:

Arrival 13th of July afternoon - Departure 21th of July after breakfast

7 day of workshop 5 hours every day

Workshop: 410, - euro

Early bird till 28th of February 350- euro

Loges & food 315, - euro


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See you all there! 



design: Matina Sideri

photography: Cleo Mullis