In our May workshop we had the pleasure of working with João Maio. As usual we were challenged but came away re-invigorated! Below are João’s thoughts on the session.
The participants engaged confidently with what was proposed to them, adapting movement material in consideration to their own physicality and interest. Since big part of the participants were regular attendees of these sessions, there was a very supportive and relaxed atmosphere in the studio during the whole day.
During the technique class, the group had a high level of focus and energy – allowing for them to deeply engage and play with set dancing movement material. They had a refined approach to both learning and performing movement, which was made clear as they executed a very challenging contemporary dance technique class.
This high level of engagement and focus was not exclusive to the technique class, remaining constant during the afternoon’s creative session too – where participants delved into tasks that are used as relevant tools for movement composition. During this, attendees worked in both solos and duets, whilst using a variety of imaginary inputs/motifs.
As the last time I taught Yorkshire-based intergenerational group, I was completely inspired – both by the people in the room and their dancing!