From within…to together - functional and poetic anatomy


24/09/2022 - 25/09/2022    
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


St. Michael's Parish Hall
Park Ln, Bristol BS2 8BE, Bristol, BS2 8BE

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We are thrilled to be hosting Teti Nikolopoulou, a visiting teacher from Athens, Greece. She will be teaching 24th/25th September.

Doors open from 9 for personal warmup
Teaching hours:
10-5 Saturday
10-5 Sunday
Contact: Agnieszka Grenckowska


Full ticket £100
Concession £85

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In this workshop we will focus on the support that our connective tissue -fascia gives us and how we can connect to each other. From the skin to the bone, we can feel the layers of our body parts and find the anchors that allow us to be present in the moment and to go deeper towards/into each other.

With instructions that derive from experiential anatomy, somatic practices and holistic approach, we focus on the raising awareness and the presence of the partners’ bodies. We thus add to our explorations the internal functions of human action and interaction.

Eventually, we “play” with the incredible properties of the body: when it functions as an entity, its ability to vary its shape without breaking, the helix-like and spiral movements created by the joints, its infinite kinetic chains it can produce (mobius strip), and much more.

Suitable for dancers who have some previous experience of contact improvisation.

Teti Nikolopoulou is a dancer, choreographer, researcher, dance and physical education teacher, with a somatic approach to both choreography and dance education. After her graduation she took lessons at the Movement Research studio, Merce Cunningham studio, Paul Taylor studio and Alvin Ailey Studio, in New York City and at Laban Centre, London.

Among others, she has attended lessons and seminars in release techniques and improvisation with David Zabrano, Thomas Mettler, Gwen Welliver, Maxine Heppner, and Axis Syllabus with Frey Faust, Timos Zechas and others. Since 2000, she has trained in contact improvisation (CI) with Christina Klissiouni and she has participated in seminars of the practice with Nancy Stark Smith, Nitta Little, Daniel Lepkoff, Benno Voorham, Charly Morissey and others.

She has been awarded as a young choreographer and she has received grants from the Ministry of Culture in 2005, 2007, 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2021-22. She has a PhD related to contact improvisation. She has been teaching contact improvisation for more than 15 years. She gives CI lessons and lectures about somatic approach to dance in several professional dance schools in Greece and at conferences. She was a guest teacher in 2019’s Freiburg international contact improvisation festival.

Anima – soma (1992) is a contemporary dance company that specializes in dance creation and dance archiving. Since 2017 the company has collaborated with Teti Nikolopoulou, embracing her vision and aiming to communicate and disseminate her embodied approach.

Gift/present 2019, extracts

infinities 2017-18- teaser

Meet me there, 2016, teaser

Roots 2015, teaser

Ιsolated, 2010, teaser

Knots 2011, full piece