Cristina Planas Leitão

In her class, Cristina Planas Leitao  incorporates and shares her knowledge of David Zambrano’s Flying Low adapted to her own artistic visions very often described as a softer and spatially complex approach. This technique mainly focuses on the dancers relationship with the floor by utilizing simple movement sequences and by practicing speed and the release of energy throughout the body in order to activate the centre.

In Cristina’s practice, the dynamics of the class increase progressively using imagery: several states of consistency of the body and density of the space are explored. The material challenges each participant to discover the primary laws of physics: cohesion and expansion and therefore many basic exercises are deconstructed into a more explorative work to achieve the right individual state for everyone to develop further. Several exercises in couples are often used for a better understanding of those physical properties & the movement quality itself. Each movement challenges the participant to gather and send their energies with the whole body and focusing on the execution of pathways rather than established formulas or shapes. During the class we constantly practice the principles rather than the exercises and participants are triggered into disconnecting from the usual right & left or front & back notion.