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Summer Dance Days 2020

 

In the summer holidays of 2020 still during the Corona Pandemic time, we offered something special!

SUMMER DANCE DAYS

The offer was for young people who were really interested in experiencing Contemporary Dance and improvisation over a 1 week intensive period!

Summer dance days
Summer dance days
Summer Dance Days
Summer Dance Days
Summer Dance Days

I really enjoyed your dancing days. I liked the structure of working on technique in the morning and especially on new technique and the creative and improvisational part in the afternoon. It was impressive and super brave to combine the Comtemporary Class with Bow Spring, it was worth it. Thanks for the great time, I would like to do it again 

Best regards Linn, BUT I FLY DANCE Company 

Photo: Fiona Gordon

I have enjoyed these days very much. I liked that you guided us through the exercises and gave personal corrections.That helped me a lot to work on myself. What I enjoyed most were your and our self-made choreographies, because with these I could feel the previous work, implement new knowledge and then just dance. I took a lot with me, for example:

  • to become aware of the Shadowheart

  • to create a lot of space in his body and thus fill the room

  • to get involved with new ideas in dance (inside rotation)

  • to turn off the head a little and trust the body to remember

  • and then of course I discovered a, for me, completely new form of dance technique

                                                                          (Aurelia Goetting, dancer)

I felt very comfortable and seen from the first moment on. Everyone had the opportunity to grow, was individually corrected and supported in relation to their own level. I liked that very much and it gave me the opportunity to discover new things and develop myself further. 

I was also absolutely thrilled by the open and friendly atmosphere in which I felt super comfortable and could work well. 

Thanks for that! 

I also liked the fact that I gained a whole new perspective on my body, because you brought Bowspring into it. Thanks!

                                                                    (Nana Kamp, dancer)

The two days that I was there were a lot of fun!!💞I liked the fact that you danced really intensively for several hours in a row (with a little break in between), because you could best get into the movements and your own body. The combination of 2h training and 2h impro work was a really good mixture, because during the normal training you "danced together" as a group and then you could be together as a unit and harmoniously during the improvisation - that was such a nice feeling. As always Fiona: the safe space you create and the way you motivate us and work with everyone on their own possibilities is something very special and I really appreciate it 🥰 thanks for the great days! Please do it again very frequently!

                                (Anni Burmester, BUT I FLY DANCE Company)

[...] For me personally it was just perfect. The training was exactly what I needed. Since I haven't taken classes in a while it felt like coming home. I thank you for that! 

The mixture of training of "known" and completely new things, for example the Bowspring elements, was a wonderful change. Personally it was really good for me and I discovered so much. And I love to discover new things, hihi :) 

And you succeeded in not making people feel overwhelmed by the input you gave. I felt a lot more confident right away.

Improvisation and choreography are two things I have practiced very little until now. My lessons have mostly focused on technique and I have never really tried out and choreographed on my own. [...] Your instructions have helped a lot to get over insecurities and inhibitions and have introduced me to the tasks really well. Improvisation is something free and it was very nice for me that you gave me the feeling that I had done and created something great. I haven't felt so much joy in training for a long time and it really felt good.

Your passion for Bowspring and Contemporary has been a wonderful inspiration and I really hope you will repeat this program. 

                                                 (Camila Chavez Lopez, dancer)

Train with BUT I FLY DANCE online and at home! Have look and enjoy!

Dance Challenge

Have a look at our Photos&Video page in the folder #butiflydancespreadtheirwings

all the wonderful videos that have been released. This is an @but_i_fly_dance initiative that tries to spread the feeling of positivity in these very negative times. 

#butiflydancespreadstheirwings

Join in with our aim to bring the positivity back into the words: 

GIVING.SHARING.SPREADING.CONNECTING

These words have been given a negative touch during the Corona Virus times and our goal is to change that through

DANCING IN OUR OWN HOMES

Here’s how you can join in with this choreographic challenge: 

These four words…GIVING,SHARING,SPREADING,CONNECTING are your inspiration. Create or improvise your own short sequence, feeling inspired from these words. Begin the sequence with catching something imaginative or use a prop. Play with what you caught and then pass it on by throwing, blowing, sprinkling it away into the camera.

Be inventive! 

Then post your dance sequence on Instagram or Facebook using the Hashtag #butiflydancespreadstheirwings and tag @butiflydance and anybody else you wish to join in with this choreographic task. We want to keep track of what is being posted so that we can collect some of your offerings and make them into one long film! 

Don’t forget to add this text and/or share this Video which also explains how to join in with the challenge.

I’m so excited to see how our home dance sequences can send a bit of positivity out there into the world during these times filled with negativity!

Die kommenden Träume 

Die CATERPILLARS haben die Möglichkeit bekommen bei eine Medieninstallation mitzuwirken. Am 28.05.19 verwandelte sich eine Umkleidekabine in ein Filmset, das Bad in ein Make-up Tisch und der Tanzsaal in eine Spielwiese von Museen, Popcorn und abstrakten Formen. Glitzer, Lippenstift und tolle Kostüme durften hierbei auch nicht fehlen. Was das ist? 

It is a performative media installation with picturesque video portraits of 63 Hamburg children and young people (including 5 of our CATERPILLAR dancers). In the videos they are located in imaginary virtual worlds. On the real stage, adult performers* simultaneously integrate the dreams of the children into their movements. In the videos, the young protagonists create choreographies from postures, looks and gestures for a future in which the digital industries have already opened up the next market in which entertainment and communication technologies such as mixed, augmented and virtual reality have become a natural part of our everyday lives. The arrangement of the videos is determined by a self-learning code that searches for similarities in costumes, faces and movements in the film material. The result is a technical narrative similar to the one that digital surveillance technologies and social media are already producing of each and every one of us.

Review of the year 2019 

365 days and BUT I FLY DANCE looks back on a successful and dancing year! Now we would like to review this and give you an outlook on the coming year.

 

BUT I FLY DANCE on tour: The year started with our new series eXchange. Students came in February from the DTAdans School in Holstebro together with Lene Bonde. Together the dancers could enjoy a great workshop full of energy, curiosity and under the motto "Dancing is our language". 

 

BUT I FLY DANCE meets atonale21: Fiona Gordon has received the request to choreograph the opening piece of this year's Altonale under the motto "Wealth". After a creative thinking process our dancers were determined and hard work was done. Together with guest dancers an exciting rehearsal period for the BUT I FLY DANCE Company began. This project was realized by the choreographies of Fiona Gordon, the video artist Paul Gerlach, the Poetryslammer Anna Wessel, the Hamburg Voices under the direction of Alexander Grimm and the project management Iwona Liberek. Thrilling, thrilling, exciting, dynamic and simply a great time.

In May we rehearsed and rehearsed again as the premiere was getting closer and closer. The biggest fear: "That it will rain" (Fiona Gordon) But we were fortunate. The place filled up, the chairs remained dry and the performers were impressive! Many thanks to all involved for this great project. Together with everyones amazing commitment was this made possible. If you would like to know more about it. Then check out our Instagram page @ebbe_und_flut_2019! There you will find many more impressions from this huge project.

BUT I FLY DANCE and the training: Of course the weekly training between our projects should not be neglected. "It is important to ensure that my dancers receive good training so that they can deepen their dancing techniques". "My dancers should have the opportunity to open their eyes to their own creativity." The CATERPILLARS train every Tuesday from 16.15-17.30 and are between 10-14 years old. The COCOONS also train on Tuesday from 17.30-19.00 hours and are between 14-16 years old and the COMPANY trains at the weekend between 17.00-20:00 and are between 16 and 21 years old. 

BUT I FLY DANCE is continuing its development: To develop themselves is important, therefore BUT I FLY DANCE offered the possibility to see a piece by Diego Tortelli at Kampnagel in April in the context of Explore Dance: "shifting perspectives” . This was inspiring for all of us. Everyone was thrilled by the fabulous performance. Also in December the BUT I FLY's have the possibility to see a premiere of the musical film "Cats". Everybody is very excited, because we are not really familiar with the musical dance! The anticipation is there. 

 

BUT I FLY DANCERS like to have a chance to try it out: In June the CATERPILLARS got the opportunity to participate in a media installation "DIE KOMMENDEN TRÄUME" (by BARBARA SCHMIDT-ROHR & DANIEL HENGST). We are not allowed to reveal much yet, but one thing we can say: The premiere will be on 07.02.2020 at Kampnagel. The CATERPILLARS are a part of 63 Hamburg children and teenagers, who will participate in a picturesque video portrait. Get your tickets here!

 

BUT I FLY DANCE on Tour Part II. In October we got the chance to go to Holstebro and visit DTAdans. Excited, with anticipation and a bit nervous we went there and came back with a backpack full of inspiration. Many thanks to all the dancers for having welcomed us so well. There were great workshops, technique lessons and discussions. We hope to see you soon again in Hamburg. Between the classes and workshops we also had the opportunity to start an in-company project. Under the motto "eXchanging perspektives" and under the direction of Sarah Edna Schneider. Through the inspiration of the workshops, the building and the great dancers we created a one shot video. Not seen until now?! Then come and see us! 

 

BUT I FLY DANCE and Dance for Tolerance: Fiona Gordon was again part of the team of Dance for Tolerance this year. A great project for everyone! Community is very important here. Next year it will continue. More information under Mit TANZ zur Toleranz

 

BUT I FLY DANCE loves workshops: Together with Yashasvi Shrotriya, a strenuous but also inspiring workshop was held in December. With the company, the cocoons and dance guests it was a complete success. We are therefore very happy to welcome Yashasvi Shrotriya again next year.

BUT I FLY DANCE offers THE possibility: Finally we would like to mention that our former members continue their dream of dancing! Hella has been accepted at the Iwanson international School of Contemporary Dance in Munich, Emelie is an apprentice at the CDSH and Johanna has left Germany to study at the Northern School of dance! We are very proud of our company - members and wish him all the best for the future. 

 

The next 366 days will also be filled with workshops on various contemporary techniques, attending dance pieces and training not to forget! We are looking forward to the coming year with joy. 

 

YOU want to be a part of it? Just get in touch with us at butiflydance@gmail.com

We are looking forward to you and that we can create a great year 2020 together.

Our eXchange to Holstebro at dtadans was a great success! 

 

It was enriching, impressive and full of energy at the same time. The dancers of BUT I FLY DANCE and the COCOONS have had great and versatile lessons in different styles from great teachers (Lene Bonde, Melody Putu, Theresa Jarvis, Simone Svane, Daniel Villadsen, Caroline Petter, Anne TØlbØll) 

 

The students of dtadans and the Balletskolen Holstebro, welcomed our dancers with open arms. 

 

Our dancers went home full of energy, newly awakened dreams and goals. 

Besides the lessons BUT I FLY DANCE had a project of its own. They created a One Shot Video under the direction of Sarah on the Dansk Talent Academy. You can see the result here on our video of the One Shot.

 

If you want to see more impressions, check out Instagram or Photos and Videos!

 

@but_i_fly_dance and #butiflyontour 

Holidays 2019

Now, after the relaxation that the summer holidays have given us, we are ready to fill the last half year with energy! The CATERPILLARS and COCOONS have already had their first training sessions. This weekend the company meets for the first time for, hopefully, an intensive rehearsal, because we have big plans! 

 

The first exciting thing after the break will be our exchange to Holstebro in Denmark, to DTADans School in October. It will be our first trip together, to another city and a new country! The dancers will be able to dance in several classes daily. For example in Contemporary, Improvisation and also Ballet. We will also have a performance of Visit THE BLACK BOX DANCE COMPANY. 

Follow our journey, on Instagram: @but_i_fly_dance and #butiflyontour

BUT I FLY DANCE COMPANY on tour.

 

We have established a special relationship with the talent academy DTAdans in Denmark. We have designed a workshop together.       

From 06-10 October the company was in Holstebro, Denmark to experience a dance exchange with DTAdans!

 

 

 

#butiflydanceontour

Ebbe und Flut

This project by the choreographer, Fiona Gordon, together with her company, BUT I FLY DANCE COMPANY and guests, is intended to deal with the "wealth" of Hamburg as well as to raise awareness of how much poverty there is in a large metropolis like Hamburg.

With the support of the poetry slammer Anna Wessel and the movement choir "Hamburg Voices", directed by Alex Grimm and the video artist, Paul Gerlach, we will present an exciting, politically critical performance with a "wealth of arts" in dance, word, projections and song.

Art knows no poor or rich, no race or religion - it connects.

@ebbeundflut2019

What a success! 

 

On 31.05.2019 was the day of the opening of the Altonale21 and on the Platz der Republik there was a lively atmosphere of the most different people who enjoyed the various offers. After a short time, the squares filled with curious spectators, eagerly awaiting the start of our dance performance. A three-dimensional stage was provided, with the energetic dance of the BUT I FLY DANCE COMPANY and guests, the atmospheric singing of the HamburgVoices, on the Black Form the political-critical poetry of the poetry collector Anna Wessel and the impressive video projection of the visual artist Paul Gerlach.

The piece began with the choir singing, representing the greed of humanity. They were replaced by the dancers representing capitalist powers and during the course of the piece, they asked themselves the question "Why? It was supported by words and video mapping on the facade of the city hall. 

 

We would like to thank all participants for this successful cooperation! We would be pleased if we could present this play on another stage again. 

 

You can find further impressions on our social media channels: ebbe_und_flut_2019 or Ebbe und Flut. 

 

#butiflydancemeetsaltonale21

eXchange

On 10.02.2019 our exchange with committed students of the DTAdans from Holstebro in Denmark took place. We dealt with "eXchange", as a guide of the divided morning with BUT I FLY DANCE COMPANY and the Cocoons. The workshop was taught by Fiona Gordon and Lene Bonde.

"Dancing with the Danish dancers and exchanging ideas - in the sense of the motto "exchange" - was really interesting and something completely different for me. You noticed how quickly dancing connects... within 3 hours you broke through the distance and kinesphere of the "strangers" before and at the end it felt as if you knew them already quite well, although you "only" danced with them. The language barrier was also unproblematic, because you can dance and discover from each other without big words! " - Britta S. (Dancer of the But I Fly Dance Company)

International, talking with our body, inspiring, never stop learning, fun, looking forward to repetition - Linn P. (Tänzerin der But I Fly Dance Company)

Workshops 

YOU MISSED IT!

 

On 08.12.2019 there was the possibility to experience an intensive workshop with Yashasvi Shrotriya. 

 

butiflydance@gmail.com

 

It was a great success! 

And he'll be back!

Workshop with Philipp van der Heijden in 2017 on the topic: "Taking and giving impulses".

 

Photographed by Ina Oertelt

Flyers

Where else can we be found

We participate in the project "with dance to tolerance". It is a very exciting process! We will not only show our own choroegraphy, but dancers will also participate in a variety of workshops. Follow the events on: http://www.nader-etmenan-stiftung.de/mit-tanz-zur-toleranz