From 1–12 July 2019, Springboard Danse Montréal and Countertechnique are offering the OBOC Extra program as part of the One Body, One Career Countertechnique Intensive (OBOC). The OBOC Extra lets participants delve into Anouk van Dijk’s Countertechnique method, to learn invaluable skills for their careers and to build connections around North-America.
The OBOC Extra is aimed at professional dancers and advanced dance students interested in pursuing a long, healthy and successful career in dance. 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.
Participants will be working for ten full days with Countertechnique Teachers Joy Davis and Richard Cilli, and will have additional sessions with Countertechnique Founder and former Chunky Move Artistic Director Anouk van Dijk, Senior Teacher Niharika Senapati, Teacher Joy Davis and Alexander Technique expert Tom Koch.
The OBOC Extra has a similar setup to the OBOC itself, with a two-week, full day program, filled with Countertechnique. Teachers Joy Davis and Richard Cilli will be leading daily Countertechnique classes and Practical Tools sessions in the morning. In the afternoons, Richard will share Chunky Move repertoire and Anouk van Dijk's working methodologies, whilst Joy will offer Improvisation Concepts using Countertechnique.
Throughout the two weeks, there are several occasions where the OBOC and the OBOC Extra programs overlap, and the group will work with Anouk van Dijk, Niharika Senapati and Tom Koch. All participants will also have individual sessions with Alexander Technique teacher Tom Koch. The OBOC Extra will conclude with a shared presentation of the various workshops.
The OBOC Extra is not only a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in Countertechnique, but also an amazing event to meet dancers, teachers and choreographers from all over North-America, who are interested in pursuing long careers and who love dancing!
1 – 12 July 2019 Monday to Friday
Start time 9.45am, finish time between 4:45 pm and 6.15pm
Applicants must be able to attend the full two-week period
The full cost for the OBOC Extra is $1,000 USD, including 15% taxes. Upon acceptance, a deposit of $500 USD is required. Payment plans are available to those who wish to spread the remainder of their payment
HOW TO APPLY
Due to the limited number of places, candidates are asked to submit a CV for consideration in PDF format and an additional online dancer's reel of footage shot in a studio (solo improvisation or choreography).
The OBOC will be held at the spacious and bright studios of UQAM (Université de Québec à Montréal), located in the centre of Montréal. All participants are responsible for arranging their own housing, but options to explore will be provided by the organisation. Housing in Montréal is cheap compared to many other major cities in North-America.
ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS
All practical questions regarding your stay in Montréal are answered on the OBOC's FAQ page. For all other questions, please email to email@example.com.
OBOC EXTRA FACULTY DIRECTORS
Joy Davis is an Associate Professor of Dance at the Boston Conservatory, specializing in Countertechnique, experiential anatomy, and European dance theater trends. Joy began studying Countertechnique with Founder Anouk van Dijk in 2005 and completed two Countertechnique Teacher Training (CTTT) certifications in 2012 and 2016. She has been teaching Countertechnique across the USA since 2012 at amongst others American Dance Festival (Durham, NC), Gibney Dance (New York), MovingTarget (Boston), BodyVox (Portland, Oregon), Fact/SF (California), New Dialect (Tennessee), Mocean Dance (Halifax, Nova Scotia), and the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation.
Her initiative joyproject produced seven collaborative and location-based dance evenings since it began in 2006. She was a Chicago Dancemakers Forum (CDF) Greenhouse Artist, a Choreographic Resident at the Workspace for Choreographers in Virginia, and has premiered further work through various presenters in Boston, Chicago, Nashville, Seattle, Philadelphia, and San Diego. Joy received an M.F.A. in choreography and performance from Smith College under the mentorship of Angie Hauser and has since taught as a visiting faculty member at Smith College, Wesleyan University, and Harvard University.
Richard Cilli is a freelance dancer and choreographer who works around Australia.
Richard trained at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts before joining Sydney Dance Company in 2009, winning in 2010 the prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Male Dancer. He has since then danced for Sydney Dance Company for 4 more years, as well as for K.Kvarnström & Co in Sweden and Dancenorth, Lucy Guerin Inc. and various independent choreographers around Australia. He joined Chunky Move in 2018 to work with Anouk van Dijk on Common Ground, and since then has danced for the company in Anti—Gravity, Accumulation, and the film Traces.
As a choreographer he has created works for Sydney Dance Company, The Australian Ballet, LINK Dance Company, and WAAPA, as well as his own independently produced work. 2019 has seen Richard co-produce and perform alongside celebrated percussionist Claire Edwardes in Recital directed by Gideon Obarzanek for Sydney’s March Dance festival and Melbourne’s Dance Massive.
Richard attended the 2018 Countertechnique Teacher Training in Melbourne to become a certified Countertechnique teacher, and has been teaching since then at Sydney Dance Company, Australian Dance Theatre, New Zealand Dance Company, Chunky Move and others.
OTHER FACULTY YOU'LL WORK WITH:
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 latest work, Distant Matter, has been commissioned by Staatsballet Berlin and premiered in February 2019.
Niharika Senapati has been performing and touring with Chunky Move since 2012, working closely with Artistic Director Anouk van Dijk as a dancer in almost all of her choreographies, most notably An Act of Now (2012), 247 Days (2013), Depth of Field (2015), Rule of Thirds (2016), Anti—Gravity (2017), Accumulation (2018) and the film Traces (2019). She was also Choreographic Assistant for Anouk van Dijk’s two most recent collaborations with theatre director Falk Richter, Complexity of Belonging (2014) and Safe Places (2016). As a freelance performer, Niharika has had an extensive list of creative collaborations as a performer, most recently in the work Trustees by the Belarus Free Theatre for Malthouse Theatre (2018) and Replay by Eszter Salamon (2018).
Alongside performing, Niharika is a Senior Countertechnique teacher, teaching extensively around the world. She has taught nationally all throughout Australia, as well as in the USA, India and Germany. Niharika is also a sound designer, and creates her own work as an emerging choreographer, presenting IMAGINATION/VACATION (2017), Follow your Dreams (2017) and POSITIVE Reinforcement (2018).
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 the past six years 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. Tom Koch has more information about his practice on his website Tomsterdam.