Teacher / supervices
Samuel Minguillon

Period Duration
Week 1-7 Block 3, ECD2

Study Load
42 hours


During this class we draw attention to tools and mechanisms that are required in the current contemporary dance scene, from the subtle basic principles of floorwork to getting a taste of the demanding advanced acrobatics. Students are invited to a space where exploration meets intention and experimentation becomes composition. At the end of this course, students will have a greater comprehension of how to safely but dynamically approach floorwork, research and play with Samuel Minguillon’s In/OuT movement vocabulary and develop connections between their physical abilities and their interpretational performativity.

Content and design of the class
This work asks the students to allow themselves to redefine their expectations, their abilities, their skills, their boundaries and limitations. To get to discover, explore and develop their personal capabilities through individual work but also learn how to relate, grow, motivate and be inspired amongst the others, as part of a group. The classes will consist of:

  • Stripping movement down to basics; to examine where we are, where we want to arrive and how we manage to get there
  • Keeping focus on technical aspects of contemporary floorwork while engaging in individual artistic needs
  • Improvisation; we use it as an investigative and playful tool to recognise habitual patterns, personal style and kinaesthetic awareness
  • Exploring falling, rolling and sliding mechanisms in diagonals and short sequences
  • Providing tools for creative process and guidance in instant composition
  • Investigating dynamics, shifts and momentum in different qualities of movement
  • Using imagery to engage cognitive skills and create a connection between experiences and interpretational performance
  • Combining, adding, complicating and adapting elements and main demands of S.Minguillon’s work

Learning Goals

  • Can gain understanding and confidence in developing personal movement
  • Expand their capacity for sensory listening when moving amongst others
  • Advance their spatial awareness and proprioceptive abilities, to recognise and navigate their body in relation to space, other objects and bodies, or even other segments of their own body (ex.head to tail, arm to torso, ankle to hip)
  • Develop awareness of timing, and subtlety for guiding and following each other in a group
  • Take in peer feedback, digest, investigate and decide where it can be applied
  • Achieve greater comprehension and execution of acrobatic elements
  • Create an individual connection with musicality and how it can add texture to and transform movement
  • Learn how to use, transfer and transform dynamics and qualities of movement
  • Develop and understand the connections between anatomical points (spine, sitting bones, tail bone, heels, etc) and their effect in both the creative process and safe practice of acrobatic skills
  • Learning to allow oneself to go beyond the movement and experience the moment (experiencing the flow of moving)
  • Build the confidence and capacity to own the space where they perform (studio, living room, street, theatre stage, etc)
  • Learn how to use improvisation and composition as tools to explore elements of In/ OuT language and S.Minguillon’s material within their own capacity and how to apply those training mechanisms to fixed choreographic material in the professional world in the future

Working Methods Used
Training, Improvisation, Personal exploration and interpretation, observation, peer feedback, reflection 

Study Material
Notebook, pencil /pen Mobile phone, for recording oneself

Feedback in studio Self-Reflection Evaluation on how suggestions/ corrections are applied