Working for ten full days with Countertechnique Founder and former Chunky Move Artistic Director Anouk van Dijk, Master Countertechnique Teacher Nina Wollny, Countertechnique Teacher James Vu Anh Pham and Alexander Technique expert Tom Koch, the OBOC offers a wealth of information to both first time and returning participants.
The OBOC Intensive is for professional dancers and advanced dance students interested in pursuing a long, healthy and successful career in dance. First time participants will gain a detailed introduction to the distinct elements and methodology that form Countertechnique, while returning participants will have the opportunity to deepen and expand their understanding. Through physical practice, theory, discourse and creative workshops, participants will gain a set of practical tools that they will be able to draw from and apply in their daily dance practice and through performance seasons.
The 2020 OBOC Intensive in Amsterdam will run for ten full days. In addition to daily Countertechnique classes and Practical Tools sessions, Countertechnique Founder Anouk van Dijk will invite you into her creative process, and Master Teacher Nina Wollny will build on her popular Partnering workshop. Countertechnique Teacher James Vu Anh Pham will offer insights in Anouk van Dijk’s extensive choreographic repertoire for Chunky Move, and Alexander Technique teacher Tom Koch will introduce his specific approach of Alexander Technique for dancers, in both plenary and individual sessions. The OBOC will conclude with a shared presentation of the various workshops.
OBOC Amsterdam operates in an intimate setting and only offers spots up to 55 participants. Previous editions have drawn a mix of participants from all around the world. The OBOC is the ultimate opportunity to immerse yourself in Countertechnique, and also an amazing event to meet international dancers, teachers and choreographers who are interested in pursuing long careers and who love dancing!
Sat 25 July – Tue 4 August 2020 (day off, Thu 30 Jul)
All days: 9:45 am - 6:15 pm
Applicants must be able to attend the entire period
The full cost for the intensive is 975 EUR. A one-time Application Fee of 25 EUR is required for all applicants.
- EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
Early Bird spots are available at a price of 950 EUR to successful applicants who have submitted their application by Thursday 26 December 2019.
Applications close on Sunday 12 January 2020 at midnight. Successful applicants will be notified by Wednesday 12 February 2020 at the latest.
HOW TO APPLY
Due to the limited number of places, candidates are asked to submit a personal motivation statement and CV for consideration in PDF format, together not exceeding two pages. An additional online dancer's reel is required, which should include footage shot in a studio (improvisation or choreography). Applications are assessed on level and motivation.
The OBOC will be held at the Chassé Studios in Amsterdam, located in Amsterdam-East. We will be using three spacious studios, measuring 24 m x 18 m, 27.5 m x 11 m, and 8 x 10 m (for Alexander Technique only). All participants are responsible for arranging their own housing, but options to explore will be provided by the organisation.
Ahead of the OBOC, a one-week Countertechnique workshop is scheduled to take place as part of the HJS Summer Intensive (4-24 July).
If, directly after the OBOC, you're interested in continuing your Countertechnique practice, Countertechnique classes will take place between 5 - 11 August. These open professional classes are part of the regular HJS Studio class schedule, and will be taught by a selection of local and international Countertechnique teachers.
In addition, from 7 – 18 August, the Countertechnique Teachers Training (CTTT) will take place at the HJS studios. Dancers will have the opportunity to attend practice sessions led by aspiring Countertechnique teachers, free of charge!
Details on all of these additional training opportunities will be published closer to the date.
FURTHER QUESTIONS & CONDITIONS
Due to limited organisational resources, we will be unable to answer all of your questions individually. For that reason, we’ve compiled an extensive FAQ page, with literally all the questions we thought you might have. This page will also provide you with all relevant conditions applicable to the program. All participants are expected to have read the information on this page prior to applying. Find the FAQ page here.
OBOC 2020 FACULTY
Anouk van Dijk is a choreographer, artistic director and the creator of the movement system, Countertechnique. For the past seven years she has been the Artistic Director of renowned contemporary dance company Chunky Move in Melbourne, Australia.
Anouk van Dijk spent the first ten years of her career as a lead soloist for Rotterdam Dance Company and Amanda Miller’s Pretty Ugly Dance Company. From early on, she was attracted to choreography and from the late nineties committed herself exclusively to the conception, creation and performance of her own work. In 1998, Van Dijk founded her own company, anoukvandijk dc, dedicated to creating work that sought to provide an insight into the many facets of the human experience through the lens of contemporary dance.
From 2012-2018, she was Artistic Director of dance company Chunky Move in Melbourne, Australia, where she created several large scale productions, amongst others An Act of Now (2012), Complexity of Belonging (2014, with Falk Richter), Depth of Field (2015), Rule of Thirds (2016), Common Ground (2018). She has also created works in collaboration with writer/director Falk Richter for Schaubuehne Berlin, Schauspiel Frankfurt and Duesseldorf Schauspielhaus.
In her career Anouk van Dijk has created more than thirty full-length works that toured to the world’s leading festivals and venues including Festival d’Avignon, Adelaide Festival, Sydney Opera House, Schaubuehne Berlin, Dance Triennale Tokyo, American Dance Festival, SPRING International Performing Arts Festival and Festival. Her upcoming work, Distant Matter, has been commissioned by Staatsballet Berlin and will premiere February 2019. Read more about Anouk in this interview.
Nina Wollny is a performer and Master Teacher Countertechnique. From 2002-2012, she was a featured artist in all of Anouk van Dijk's work, including Amour Fou (2003),
Borrowed Landscapes (2007), and An Act of Now (2012). More recently, she performed in Safe Places (2016) by Anouk van Dijk and Falk Richter at Schauspiel Frankfurt, and continues to perform in their work Trust (2009-present) at Schaubühne Berlin. As a freelance performer, she featured this year in Falk Richter's staging of David Bowie's Lazarus in Hamburg, and is a core ensemble member in the work of choreographer Jenny Beyer, recently premiering the works DÉBUT and Fluss (2018).
Alongside performing, Nina Wollny has been teaching Countertechnique since 2004, and has been instrumental in the development of the technique over the past fifteen years. Together with Anouk van Dijk, she has been running the One Body, One Career Intensive since 2006 and the Countertechnique Teacher Training program since 2012. She is also Program Manager for the Countertechnique organisation. Her classes and workshops are popular around the world, and she has been representing Countertechnique at various cities in Europe, Asia, North-America, Russia and Australia. Read more about Nina in this interview.
James has been working extensively with Anouk van Dijk since 2012, with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui since 2016, and with Akram Khan since 2019. For Anouk van Dijk / Chunky Move, he performed in An Act of Now (2012), 247 Days (2013), Complexity of Belonging (2014), Depth of Field (2015) and Rule of Thirds (2016). For Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, he performed with Eastman (Babel Words), Royal Ballet of Flanders (Ravel), GöteborgsOperans Danskompani (Icon), Bayerische Staatsoper (Les Indes Galantes) and Theater Basel (Satyagraha). With Akram Khan Company, he premiered and toured Outwitting the Devil since July 2019. James received the ‘Best Male Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work’ 2014 Helpmann Award, and the Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer 2014 Australian Dance Award. He has been studying Countertechnique intensively since 2012, and became a certified teacher in 2014. Read more about James in this interview.
Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique
Tom Koch pursued his Bachelor of Arts in Theater, with a minor study in History of Science, at University of Missouri-Kansas City. After being certified to teach in 1987 by the American Center for the Alexander Technique in New York, he was a pioneer in integrating the Alexander Technique with ballet movement and education, particularly for resolving chronic pain and repetitive injuries. He was for years the Alexander Technique teacher for William Forsythe’s groundbreaking Ballet Frankfurt (later the Forsythe Company). He has also taught group and private lessons for Netherlands Dance Theater, Tanztheater Wuppertal (Pina Bausch), the Dutch National Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Chunky Move, La Biennale di Venezia College Danza, Codarts University, L’Artère, Studio 303, Henny Jurriëns Studio in Amsterdam, and many others. For twelve years, he has collaborated with his former student Anouk van Dijk to teach the annual One Body, One Career Intensive for dancers, first in Amsterdam and most recently in Melbourne. His work is not limited to dance, but includes a wide range of artists in all forms of dance, music and theater. He also has taught the technique to doctors, writers, scientists, secretaries, architects and police agents. In recent years, his private practice focuses mainly on helping those with chronic pain find improved movement and living strategies. Read more about Tom on his website.
TESTIMONIALS FROM OBOC 2019
“I’ve gone beyond what I thought was possible for myself” – Erica Brandell
“Dance finally feels like I’m doing it for me again.” – Nicole Smith
“The program was so amazing. … I haven’t smiled whilst dancing in so long.” – Ashley Allen
“I feel like a completely different dancer” – Kristen Ahring
“It will have a tremendously positive impact on my dancing in all forms.” – Emily Hansel
“it has been lifechanging for me as a dancer” – Madeline Burr
“The [Countertechnique] toolbox will change how I approach all movement forms” – Sidney Ramsey
“Countertechnique’s way of communicating can aid the dancer to feel comfortable, safe, empowered in one’s body” – Jennifer Sydor
“These tools are a way for us to trust in ourselves, the process + the overall beauty of movement.” – Madison Elliott
“will help me stay healthy and happy for years to come” – Samuel Melecio-Zambrano
“these tools could allow for dancers to stay in it longer while embracing the process of the aging body” – Elise Jumes
“This program has helped me realize that I have more years of dance left in me than I thought.” – Travis Cooper
“new hope for the future of dance” – Shelley Cochrane