Photo: Beniamin Boar

Isael Mata

from the 25th of March till the 5th of April

Isael Cruz Mata, studied in the Instituto Superior de Danza de Caracas and at the Central University of Venezuela. He moved to Belgium to become a member of the X-Group at P.A.R.T.S., Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. He studied circus techniques at the Ecole nationale du Cirque Annie Fratellini, physical therapy and psychology. He danced with several dance companies; Espacio Alterno (Venezuela) Tim Feldman (Copenhgen), Enclave & Roberto Olivan, Josse de Pauw and Maria Clara Villalobos (Brussels) He has worked with Michél Noiret Company since 2006. He also worked with Nadine Ganase, Virginie Thirion, David Zambrano. Cruz created the production PUZZLE in 2005 and CASA premiered in Paris. He has been teaching Dance Release Technique, Flying Low, Acrobatic Dance and Contact Improvisation worldwide for companies and schools such us: DCJ, La Raffinerie/Charleroi Danses, Ultima Vez /Wim Vandekeybus, Cie Philipe Saire, Cie Thor/Thierry Smits, Need Company, Esac, Dance Conservatorium Antwerpen, International Tanztheaterfestival Graz, Tanzlabor 21 Frankfurt, Feria Música Circus Company, Artesis Antwerpen, Art Alive Kulturverein Austria, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba and others.

Flying in to the gravity skills

The class focuses in the movement ‘s relationship with the floor. Simple movement patterns involve breathing, speed and the release of energy through the body in order to activate the relationship between center and periphery and between joints and skin.

We will focus on moving in and out off the ground more efficiently by maintaining the state of being centered. Emphasis is placed on the skeleton structure which helps to improve physical perception and alertness. We will explore the primary laws of physics: cohesion and expansion. The workshop includes partnering work.