Matan Levkowich: Animal Instinct / Movement Lab
Workshop – THU 25.5. 10:00 – 13:00 & FRI. 26.5. 14:00 – 17:00 // 30 € each session
“Animal instinct” is an ongoing movement research. The hardcore of this practice is to gain freedom in motion. By moving away from any ideology, style or form, we can reexamine our physical abilities with fresh eyes. The work refers to information from various movement disciplines (contact improvisation, martial arts, somatic practices & contemporary dance) and offers a wide spectrum of tools to study our body, to understand movement and communicate physically.
Main study topics:
- Body preparation (warm-up/cool-down)
- Physical Adaptation
- Flexibility and movement fluidity
- Undulation and spiral patterns
- Muscle tonus
- Hands as feet and feet as hands
- Reflexive awareness
- Structural limitations & manipulation
- Freedom in expression
The work passes through various constellations (solo, duet or group work), studying the never ending possibilities that occur in dynamic improvisations.
Everything that lives, moves. I want to share this basic need with others.
I teach human movement as a road for self discovery. I encourage people to put trust in the natural ability of the human body to adapt and change. Trust in this ability enables one to exist in a ‘not knowing’ state of mind, like an empty cup waiting to be filled – the starting point for a learning process. I’ve experienced and witnessed the effect of allowing the body to set the pace and by that extending beyond the habitual borders. I believe that physical and mental ease are key elements for learning.
Leiter: Matan Levkowich
Matan Levkowich is a dancer, choreographer and graphic designer. Movement Lab represents all his artistic engagements in the field of dance and performance. Matan’s approach to movement is based on the study of the body’s intuition. The study of intuition enables to navigate through instability and develops trust in the body’s capacities. His choreographic works inspired by social phenomena and human behaviour. From his base in Vienna, Austria, he tours around Europe, presenting his choreographic work, performing and leading workshops.
He danced in works of David Zambrano(VE), Martin Nachbar(GR), Alessandro Sciarroni (IT), Marco Torrice(IT), and others. His choreographic works have been presented in various dance festivals, cultural events, art galleries and museums. He has been touring in several countries in Europe and around such as: Austria, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, England, Slovakia and Israel.
As a teacher, Matan’s focus lays in movement research. He started giving regular classes in Israel in 2008. Since then, he had the chance to teach in different circumstances and to different audiences; from professional dancers to amateurs and teenagers, in open workshops, festivals and closed intimate groups. Matan’s teaching is influenced by many teachers and he took great inspiration from working with Frey Faust(US), Bruno Caverna (BR), Itay Yatuv(IL) and Martin Nachbar(GR).