KCC Dance Intensive 2019

KCC Dance Intensive 2019

Join the next edition of the summer international contemporary dance workshops in the Krakow Choreographic Centre! All the advanced and middle advanced dancers are welcome to KCC Dance Intensive, 26-31 August 2019. In the program we have classes of Nunhacet Guerra and Joseph Lee. Additionaly there will be Body Mind Centering with Iwona Olszowska and AcroYoga Therapeutic Flying & Thai Massage session with Tomasz Pacan.

When: 26-31 August 2019

Where: Nowa Huta Cultural Centre, al. Jana Pawla II 232, Krakow, Poland

10:00-1:00 Nunhacet Guerra
2:30-5:30 Joseph Lee
5:45-7:00 Iwona Olszowska (Monday, Tuesday) / Tomasz Pacan (Thursday, Friday)

We offer a possibility of accommodation in Nowa Huta Cultural Centre in the form of place to sleep in the collective room, with access to toilets and showers. Each participant should ensure foam pad or a mattress and sleeping bag on her/ his own.

Price of the workshops:
Regular price of the workshops and accomodation is 350 euro. The payment should be made till 19th of August. Place is guaranteed after making the full payment.

Extra events:
In the evenings (Wednesday evening is free!) we invite you to spend time together. We will integrate, go to the swimming pool or sauna and explore Krakow.

Application form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeOI2wmM1QR-t4-lXH6EnKmTN5oftCeJv83U2watJ4hYgMuvA/viewform?usp=sf_link

The organizer of the KCC Dance Intensive is the Krakow Choreographic Centre – Nowa Huta Cultural Centre. This year’s edition is a part of the iCoDaCo project co-funded by the EU within the Creative Europe program.

Contact: kcc@nck.krakow.pl

Nunhacet Guerra

Choreographer, Dancer, Performer, Teacher, Assistant, Capoeirista and Dento Reiki, based in Brussels. He was born in 1985 in Las Palmas, Spain. Since 2015 he has been working with Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez on the creation and tour of ´Speak Low if you Speak Love´, performing in the retrospective piece ´Spiritual Unity´ and also at the revival of ‘In spite of wishing and wanting’. At the same time he has been working on his own projects as choreographer/Soloist, his most recent work is ‘My Way’. He has also worked extensively as freelancer across several European countries with recognized professional dance companies including Staatstheater Braunschweig under the direction of Jan Pusch, Islanders by Jo Strømgrem, Clear and Disorder by Annabelle Bonnéry (Germany), ‘UP’ for József Trefeli Company (Switzerland), ‘Espejo’ for José Besprosvany Company (Belgium), ’Shine-on’ by Pedro Berdäyes (Spain), ‘I don´t know’ by Jose Reches (Spain), amongst others, as well as working extensively with Que Tal Estas Company between 2003 and 2006 performing in works including ´Tag´ directed by Natalia Medina. The teaching experience includes workshops for companies and institutions, including Ultima Vez Studio where he is one of the company’s current teachers, and where he has been working as assistant of Wim Vandekeybus, Festival of Poland Na Bosaka (Poland). He also has been teaching as an international teacher in: ArteXXI (Argentina), Studio Harmonic (France), Perfordance (Spain), Center La Fenice-Lust ASD (Italy), Danza dell ´Arte (Belgium), Descalzinha Danza (Spain), University of Music and Dance Cologne (Germany), Space Belgica (Belgium), Canarios dentro y fuera (Spain), Teatre Molière-Sète (France), Pulso Academia Danza (Chile), DansCentrumJette (Belgium), STUK-Open Stage Festival (Belgium), GUIdance – International Festival of Dance (Portugal), The Workshop Series-Chez Bushwick (New York), Peridance Capezio Center (New York), Gibney Dance Center (New York), amongst others, as well as teaching Capoeira in Spain and The Canary Islands. Nuhacet was graduated at the Real Conservatory Professional of Dance of Madrid ‘Mariemma’, graduation with the award of ‘Best Dancer’ of the promotion of 2011, as well as the Extraordinary Dance Award of the community of Madrid.


The aim of the class is to explore the strength of the body through circular and semicircular patterns, capitalizing on the dancers instinctive impulses through an exploration of fluidity, dynamics, playfulness, acrobatics and intuitiveness. We will explore the use of six points of support; head, shoulders, forearms, hands, knees and feet, to maximize the function and stability of our bodies. The class will be divided between a mindful and focused warm-up, force/resistance play, balance/ imbalance work and a jumping/falling exploration.

The class aims to develop and enrich the physical form of the student, with emphasis on finding a ranged diversity of qualities, while also exploring what it means to relinquish oneself to intuition and instinct. We will work our strength, resistance, speed, balance through different supports, acrobatics or jumps with reception to the ground. All this through different combinations of material and guided improvisations. A way to approach physicality from the awareness of weight, strength, supports on the ground and the use of it from the awareness of gravity. How to manage energy without losing dynamics. How to link movements taking into account their difficulty, in search of neutrality and energy saving. Using the precise impulses, the necessary stage presence to be present, the anchoring of each joint and the coordination of the limbs in order to be effective and fast.

We will learn how to use our body, towards impossible limits, reaching as far as everyone can. Seeing the amount of things we are capable of doing and forgetting the negative points. Observing that blank canvas that is our body / mind as an infinite tool.

Joseph Lee

Joseph Lee was born in Hong Kong and he began his dance training at the age of seventeen. Graduated from Chinese University of Hong Kong and The Place, London Contemporary Dance School. Lee is interested in expanding the imagination in choreography by redefining the territory of performance and examining the very nature of dance. His recent interests lie on the reading, transfer and re-presentation of bodily experience, as well as reflection and questioning of the performative nature rooted in daily life of contemporary society.
Lee joined Unlock Dancing Plaza as an apprentice upon his return at the beginning of 2015 and became their resident artist afterwards. He was awarded Arts Development Award for Young Artist; the Chin Lin Foundation of Emerging Choreographer.
Recent Choreography includes Folding Echoes (2016), The World Was Once Flat (2018) and Drifting (2019).

Spaces inside/around/for Me
The workshop consists of physical exercises to build up comprehensive awareness of our body as well as the space it created and in relation to. By using different tools for improvisational tasks, participants will have points of departure for their imagination and finally points of arrival in their own body with their interests of research. The materials, qualities and ideas that they find in the process will then be further developed in different directions and forms with the use of choreographic mindset. It offers a chance and space for us to look closely, as well as distantly, into the physical body and the possibilities to bring that into the creative process in choreography. 

Iwona Olszowska

Dancer, choreographer, contemporary dance teacher. As a teacher, she specialises in body awareness, improvisation, contact, and improvisation as performance. She has a Somatic Movement Educator certificate based on the Body-Mind Centering® approach. She created her own dance style, called the “spiral flow dynamic”. Co-founder and artistic director of the EST Experimental Dance Studio (1989), carrying out structured improvisation, lecture-performance, and site-specific projects – pioneering activities in Polish dance at the time of its establishment. She created the “Obszar tańca” (“Dance Area”) series at the BARAKAH Theatre in Kraków. Author of solo performances and group choreographies, e.g. for the Polish Dance Theatre. She has also created stage movement for drama theatres – in a total of about 40 productions. She has conducted coaching sessions concluded with performances, including “Falling After Paxton” in Toruń, Łódź, Białystok, and Wrocław. She has worked on projects with Pracownia Fizyczna, Renata Piotrowska, Marta Pietruszka, Magda Przybysz, Jacek Owczarek, Anna Haracz, Natalia Iwaniec, and internationally with Liz Lerman, Risa Jaroslow, Maida Withers, Pierre Deloche, and Michael Schumacher, She has won awards for her choreographies, for consistently following her own creative path, and for her stage personality, and received scholarships from the Batory Foundation and the ArtsLink programme in New York. For several years now, she has been working with musician Marcin Janus and dancer and performer Paweł Konior, basing her choreographies on the BMC and structured improvisation approach.

Tomasz Pacan

Bound with movement since childhood. Seven years experience in the acrobatic and dance team, athletics, nine-year yoga practice instilled a constant need for physical activity, and taught to find joy in it. Certified AcroYoga International level 2 teacher. He develops his body awareness also through contemporary dance, contact improvisation, physical dance, GAGA, animal flow. The ability to combine acrobatic experiences with yoga and dance fascinated him absolutely. Delighted by the moment in which the lines of many forms of movement have the opportunity to meet. Tomasz conducts regular AcroYoga classes at all levels in Krakow. He is the organizer of jams, workshops, artistic projects, international events. Invited as a teacher to international AcroYoga, yoga or dance festivals and events.