Olivia Court Mesa – Contemporary Dance

about the class

Olivia's floor work class offers different tools to organize the body in a way that complex movement patterns can be performed effortlessly.
The class wants to focus on increasing the physical awareness in order to be able to work with our individual limits and keep the body safe. Trusting the body, allowing the body to express, finding freedom to find new impulses and sources for new qualities.
Some of the principles that will be explored will be: continuous movement flow, the action of pushing and pulling the floor, arching and spiraling the body, extension of the body across the space, head and tail connection, awareness of musicality inside the movement, finding the clearness between resting and exploding moments, the pelvis as a motor, the effectiveness of hands and arms in connection with the floor.

The class will start with active exercises to wakenning up, unlocking and lengthening the body, getting to know more about anatomical aspects of our structure. Alone or with a partner we will investigate different patterns, bringing a curious mind about how the body can work. We will move on the floor and across the space in a dynamic, physical and animalistic way using our four limbs for different kinds of locomotion.

Loving to move using our bodies to find joy.

about Olivia Court Mesa

Chilean/Israeli independent dance artist.
She is a professional dancer/performer/teacher (Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln, Germany), working with several choreographers, touring/performing internationally in different festivals and venues. Actively exploring, researching and teaching dance in companies, schools and festivals in Israel and around the world.
As a choreographer she has been creating since 2001.
Lived in Germany from 1998-2010, where she was a member of the dance companies MSchrittacher/ Staatstheater Oldenburg and Marco Santi Tanz Theater/ Staattheater Ösnabrück, where she worked with Club Guy & Roni, Luc Dunberry, among others.
Since 2010 based in Tel Aviv/ Israel (companies Yossi Berg & Oded Graf, Roy Assaf, Sahar Azimi, Renana Raz, Dafi Altabeb, etc.). In 2017 she won the prize from the Israeli Ministry of Culture for "Best Solo Performer". She is an Ilan Lev practitioner.