One Body, One Career Intensive (OBOC) New York City 2022
June 14 - 24 - organised in collaboration with Gibney
We're very excited to bring OBOC for the first time to the USA in 2022! In collaboration with our partner, Gibney, we're presenting the OBOC in New York City from 14-24 June. Working for ten full days with Countertechnique Founder and former Chunky Move Artistic Director Anouk van Dijk, Senior Teachers Countertechnique Jenia Kasatkina and Joy Davis, Teacher Countertechnique Rosanna Tavarez and Alexander Technique expert Tom Koch, the OBOC offers a wealth of information and lots of lush dancing, 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, other movement styles and through performance seasons.
The 2022 OBOC Intensive in New York City will run for ten full days. Daily Countertechnique classes and Practical Tools sessions will be run by Countertechnique Founder Anouk van Dijk and Senior Teacher Jenia Kasatkina. in addition to this, Jenia Kasatkina will offer insights in Anouk van Dijk’s recent repertoire created in Germany (Munich Kammerspiele) and Sweden (Skanes Dansteater), Senior Teacher Joy Davis and Countertechnique teacher Rosanna Tavarez will run additional Countertechnique classes in their lush and distinct styles, and Alexander Technique teacher Tom Koch will introduce his specific approach of Alexander Technique for dancers, in both plenary and individual sessions. As creative workshops, Anouk van Dijk will invite you into her artistic process, Jenia Kasatkina will run an interactive composition workshop departing from repertory material, and Joy Davis will share her favourite tools for a delightful improvisation practice. The OBOC will conclude with a sharing of the various workshops.
OBOC NYC 2022 takes place in the spacious studios at 890 Broadway (Union Square), and only offers spots up to 62 participants. OBOC consistently draws a mix of participants from all around the world. It is the ultimate opportunity to immerse yourself in Countertechnique, and also an amazing event to meet other dancers, teachers and choreographers who are interested in pursuing long, creative careers and who love dancing!
Tue 14 June – Fri 24 June 2022 (day off: Sun 19 June)
All days: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Applicants must be able to attend the entire period
The full cost for the intensive is 1.475 USD. A one-time Application Fee of 25 USD is required for all applicants.
Applications close on Sunday 30 January 2022 at midnight. Applicants will be notified by Friday 11 February 2022.
HOW TO APPLY
The number of program participants is limited to ensure that each dancer receives individualized attention. Please 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 considered based on motivation and entrance level.
Applications are open from January 5-30. Find the registration form here: Apply Now
For any additional questions and all the conditions that apply to the program, please consult our FAQ page before applying.
The OBOC will be held at Gibney in New York City, located at 890 Broadway (Union Square) on Manhattan. We will be using two spacious studios, measuring 44′ x 69′ (Studio 1) and 32′ x 49′ (Studio 4), plus a smaller studio for Alexander Technique classes only. All participants are responsible for arranging their own housing and travel.
FURTHER QUESTIONS & CONDITIONS
The Gibney and Countertechnique teams will do our best to answer your questions, but we encourage you to review our extensive FAQ page before reaching out or submitting your application. 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 NYC 2022 FACULTY
Anouk van Dijk
Anouk van Dijk is a choreographer, artistic director and the creator of the movement system, Countertechnique. From 2012 - 2019, she was the Artistic Director of renowned contemporary dance company Chunky Move in Melbourne, Australia. Currently Anouk van Dijk works as a freelance choreographer and is the Artistic Director of Countertechnique.
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 1999, 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.
During her tenure of Artistic Director of Chunky Move in Melbourne, Australia, 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). In 2019, she created Distant Matter for Staatsballet Berlin, in 2020 she created the multi-disciplinairy show TOUCH with writer/director Falk Richter at the Münchner Kammerspiele in Germany and in 2021 she premiered the work Out of the Blue for Skånes Dansteater / Malmö Opera in Sweden.
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 Adelaide Festival, Sydney Opera House, Schaubuehne Berlin, Dance Triennale Tokyo, American Dance Festival, Theater der Welt (Hamburg), SPRING International Performing Arts Festival and Festival d'Avignon.
Jenia Kasatkina is rehearsal director, choreographer and Senior Teacher Countertechnique. Currently Jenia is working with Skånes Dansteater (Sweden) as their rehearsal director, and with Holland Opera (Netherlands) as a choreographer. Jenia also collaborates frequently with Anouk van Dijk as her choreographic assistant and rehearsal direcor. Jenia studied contemporary dance at the Rotterdam Dance Academy (Codarts). After graduation in 2009, she has worked with several companies and choreographers such as: Anouk van Dijk, Jack Gallagher, Arno Schuitemaker, Leine&Roebana, Norrdans, De Stilte, United-C, ALBA theaterhuis, Korzo Productions, among the others. In 2012 Jenia became a certified Countertechnique teacher and since then she is teaching extensively at different places and companies in Europe and beyond, such as Skånes Dansteater (Sweden), Norrdans (Sweden), Cullberg (Sweden), Danish Dance Theatre (Denmark), Codarts Rotterdam University of the Arts (Netherlands), AHK Amsterdam University of Arts (Netherlands), HJS Amsterdam (Netherlands), De Stilte (Netherlands), TSEKH International Centre for Dance and Performance (Russia), BaletMoskva (Russia), Open Look St. Petersburg International festival (Russia), Tanzquartier Wien (Austria), Ballet Landestheater Linz (Austria), Staatstheater Kassel (Germany), Tanztheater Braunschweig (Germany), Dance Theatre Heidelberg (Germany), among the others.
Joy Davis is a dance artist and educator steeped in the practices of Countertechnique®, improvisation, and performance.
She began studying Countertechnique® with founder Anouk van Dijk in 2005 and became one of four Americans certified as Teachers in 2012. She teaches in the US and Canada including workshops at Gibney Dance, Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation, Lion's Jaw Dance + Performance Festival in Boston, American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, and One Body One Career Countertechnique® Intensive hosted by Springboard Danse Montréal.
joyproject (2006) creates collaborative dance theater performance which evokes contemplation, humor, and elegant design.
2011 Chicago Dancemakers Forum Greenhouse Artist, 2009 Choreographic Resident at the Workspace for Choreographers, 2016-2017 Choreographer's Lab Artist with New Dialect (Nashville), 2018 NeXt Choreographer for Urbanity Dance (Boston), and was awarded the 2019 Next Steps grant from The Boston Foundation.
She collaborates with partner Eric Mullis, performing at UrBan Guild Kyoto, Fact/SF Summer Dance Festival San Francisco, Goodyear Arts in Charlotte, and RAD Fest in Kalamazoo, MI.
The Davis Sisters, Joy and Alexander Davis, were awarded a 2018 Schonberg [Boston] Fellowship residency at The Yard to develop and perform a new work; named inaugural 2019 Choreography Residency recipients at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and are touring New England in 2019 - 2020 through a new initiative called New England Dance on Tour.
They are Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) Run of the Mills 2020 artists, and piloted a digital variety show commissioned by the BCA in summer 2020 called Summer Sundays with the Sisters.
Joy received an MFA in Choreography and Performance from Smith College, and has since taught as visiting faculty at Smith College and Wesleyan University in 2015; as Visiting Lecturer at Harvard University in Theater, Dance & Media fall 2016 and spring 2020; Associate Professor of Dance at Boston Conservatory at Berklee 2016-present).
Rosanna Tavarez earned her BFA in choreography from the University of Michigan as well as her MFA in choreography from The Ohio State University. Throughout her career, Tavarez has worked with renowned artists such as Marina Ambramovic, Ryan Heffington, Travis Payne, Tony Michaels and Rosanna Gamson/Worldwide. She also toured with N’SYNC and Jessica Simpson as one-fifth of the girl group Eden’s Crush. Additionally, Tavarez has worked in entertainment covering the Emmys, Grammys and Oscars. She also hosted her own shows as a television personality for FOX, E!, TVGuide Network and Telemundo/NBC.
As a dance educator, Tavarez has taught as faculty and guest artist at various institutions including USC Glory Kaufman School of Dance, CalArts School of Dance, University of Michigan, Loyola Marymount University, Scripps College, California State University Long Beach, Studio School, the University of Southern Mississippi, Texas State University and California State University Los Angeles. She also creates her own work under the moniker LA DANSA DANSA. This work has been presented at The Broad Museum, American Dance Festival, REDCAT, Highways Performance Space, Breaking Ground Dance Festival, Sarasota Contemporary Dance and the LA Department of Cultural Affairs LA Dance Platform.
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 fifteen years, he has collaborated with his former student Anouk van Dijk to teach the annual One Body, One Career Intensive (OBOC) for dancers, in Amsterdam and Melbourne, and more recenty also Montréal. 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.
TESTIMONIALS FROM PREVIOUS OBOCs
“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