KATJA MUSTONEN (FIN)
CURVES, SPIRALS AND SPHERES
Since a while already, I’ve been exploring different ways how to train the body towards
more aware, articulate, and nuanced dancing. In this Contact Improvisation workshop, we
place our attention to curves, spirals and spheres to study their potential within the
dynamics of space, time and tone when moving in contact with others.
Planes that curve, pathways that twist and unwind around a fixed center, rotation around
any given axis are few ways how to widen our movement vocabulary and the ways of
perceiving. Making use of turning, mobilizing around different support structures, leaping
and falling off balance, we’ll train our reflex responses and gain freedom while dancing.
Alternating speed, building soft strength, moving between suspension and release are
some tools to remain light and receptive while sharing weight and support in motion. We’ll
welcome the soft and subtle, fierce and dynamic to play with the diversity of relations to
ourselves and to our environment, together with others.
KATJA MUSTONEN (FIN) is a Finnish dancer, teacher and dance maker. She graduated
from the Vocational Dance School in Outukumpu, Finland 2004 as dancer, and holds a
MA degree in "Contemporary Dance Education" from the Hochschule für Musik und
Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany. Since 2008, she’s been teaching Contemporary
Dance Technique, Improvisation and Contact Improvisation internationally. She is curious
about the states of presence and the body’s ability to transform, embody, and transmit
images, into knowledge, emotions and atmospheres. She is interested in integrating
photography, video and text among other interdisciplinary approaches into her artistic work. She continues being in awe with the dance as her teacher.