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Dance Craft Workshops with Natalie Diggins

Belly Dance Arabesque
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We have special guest Natalie Diggins from Perth presenting four invaluable workshops for dancers, performers and anyone interested in movement, open to all levels and dance styles.
Natalie is a distinguished practitioner of Rudolf Laban's movement theories and practices. She is a specialist Drama Teacher, Production Manager and trainer and assessor in Live Production.


Saturday May 5th, 2018
Laban - Space, Weight, Time & Flow
11.30am to 1.30pm

This workshop focuses on Laban's concepts of Space, Weight, Time and Flow. These four areas shape not only how we respond to rhythm and melody, but how we also move through the world around us. Described as "liberating", "cathartic", and "empowering", it aims to help you focus on the movement energy you use, how you use it and where you send it. You will be provided with a clear framework with which to observe and describe movement more effectively, which will encourage a better understanding of the dynamics, as well as the mechanics, of any movement. This workshop happily applies to dancers, theatre makers, educators and all interested people.
All levels welcome.

Saturday May 5th, 2018
Expressive Actions
2.30pm to 4.30pm

Time to explore some of the prime actions from Ann Hutchinson Guest's The Movement Alphabet. These verbs can be interpreted, manipulated and applied to dance, theatre or day-to-day situations. Expand and enhance your movement vocabulary, its expressive quality, and learn some simple motif notation while you're at it! This workshop extends work done in Laban - Space, Weight, Time and Flow, however it can also be taken as a stand-alone experience. All levels welcome.

Sunday May 6th, 2018
Creating An Impact: Tableaux, Slow Motion and the Three Dimensional Cross
11am to 1pm

'Creating An Impact' teaches the effective use of three theatrical techniques that will leave an impression on your audience, regardless of style, costume and set. We will map the stage grid to ensure a firm grasp of the space before working the techniques. From elegant to powerful, eerie to comedic; 'Tableaux, Slow Motion and The Three Dimensional Cross' will provide you with the tools to transform the way you think about what is possible with your troupe or solo choreography. Have some fun experimenting, creating, developing and exchanging skills and ideas.
Don't imitate - CREATE! Suitable for all levels.

Sunday May 6th, 2018
Creating An Impact 2: Tempo, Duration and Spatial Relationships
2pm to 4pm

Further refining performance skills by focusing on use of space when there is more than one body in it. When you experiment with tempo and duration of movement you reveal their expressive qualities. Based on the work of Anne Bogart and Tina Landau, these three techniques combined can communicate a powerful narrative to your audience.
Suitable for all levels.

All workshops are 2 hours in duration
Investment $55 each workshop

If you book for all 4 workshops
Investment $200 (save $20)

Bookings can be made through Paypal or Direct Deposit via the website at http://bellydancearabesque.com.au/classes/enrolment/

About Natalie

Natalie is a devoted student of Rudolf Laban's movement theories and practices and is a member of the International Council of Kinetography Laban. She is an award-winning specialist Drama teacher with diverse international training, and is currently the Production Manager at The Tricycle Theatre, Perth. Natalie's directing credits range from Shakespeare to devised site-specific performance. She has taught sold-out workshops at belly dance festivals and studios in Australia and the UK and has recently presented a research paper The Expressive Experience: Laban's Eight Efforts and Belly Dance at the 30th Biennial Conference of the International Council of Kinetography
Laban in Beijing.
Natalie’s aim is to encourage and assist dancers to understand the space surrounding them, create character and use theatrical techniques to add depth, context, impact and interest to their choreographies and general dance practice. Her dance experience includes Middle Eastern Dance and Swing Dance. Natalie’s extensive knowledge combined with her fun nature make her a highly sought after teacher. Don’t miss this opportunity to grow your movement repertoire!