Name of teacher / supervisor
Heidi Vierthaler

Period, duration
Block 4 weeks 9-17 2020

Study load
40,5 hours

1, 2, 3, 4

This class is rooted in both ballet and contemporary partnering. It will focus on learning partnering principles and teaching students parnering duos and trios, towards creating their own partnering scenarios The class incorporates diverse approaches to partnering that Heidi built through her proffesional work with choreographers such as William Forsythe, Jyri Kylian, Tero Saarinen, Ohad Naharin. Through her experience of working with Budo master Akira Hino Heidi also brings in a layer of heightened awareness, in relationship to sensing and listening to your partner.

Content and design of the class
This class will focus on a functional way of moving and building material with a partner. Partnering phrases will be taught and learned in detail, while being guided through weight exchange, counter balance and contact techniques. The surface of another body will also be explored as duos and trios are developed and explored in different variations. We will explore tactile exercise with our partner(s), in which sections of the body are triggered from the surface. Both inner and outer awareness will be heightened, through various exercises bringing in a basic understanding of weight exchange and the building blocks to broader range of partnering skills.

Learning goals

  1. Gaining heightened awareness when coming into contact with another body
  2. Learning to communicate your needs and questions while engaging with a partner
  3. Help create a safe learning environment and taking into consideration the needs of others
  4. Feeling at ease with the process of unlearning in order to allow new information to appear and resonate
  5. Communicate with whomever is guiding the class as well as your partner in order to prevent injury to either you or your partner
  6. Gain new skills to create movement phrases and rework them in numerous ways with your partner(s)
  7. Step out of your comfort zone and remember to keep things focused and yet playful
  8. Gain the ability to feel change within yourself and to see it in others
  9. Begin to feel confident in sharing your strengths and vulnerabilities with your peers

Working method(s) used
Duos and group work

Used study material
Sound,music, note books and props

Assessment criteria
Attendance. Ability to communicate and exchange with a partner, Attitude, Work ethic, Openness, Curiosity and desire, Rigor, Personal development and refection, Participation

Method of assessment
Ability to react to feedback, reflect on it, and shift it if necessary

Learning goals in the class contribute to the overall development of the competency indicators
1.1 / 1.2 / 1.5 /1.8 / 2.1 / 2.2 / 2.6 / 2.7 / 3.1 / 3.2 / 3.3 / 4.2 / 4.4