Balance in Challenge
Alexander Technique for Movers and Shakers
May 16th-23rd 2019, Zurich, Switzerland
with Peter Sweet and Jeanine Ebnöther Trott
Balance in Challenge is an 8-day workshop about being present and free, in life, on stage or on the dance floor. This intensive training brings vitality, fluidity and dynamic wholeness to the act of being human. Come prepared to play at your own ‘edges’, the places just on the borders of your comfort zone, and expand your experience of living. Ideal for dancers, jugglers, musicians, body workers, computer programmers and anyone who is interested in the relationship between movement, health and expression. No experience required.
What to expect?
8 days of intensive training in a small group with a lot of private attention and personal feedback (maximum 10 participants with 2 teachers present for all classes).
30 hours of group classes where we will explore exercises from dance, physical theatre, clowning and martial arts. Within this playground, we will observe how each of our ways of moving affects everything that we do. We will challenge you to keep breathing, stay grounded and respond with ease in many situations.
Three private Alexander Technique lessons where we will work with you to achieve a dynamic state of poise by quieting extra tension and expanding your awareness of your own movement.
Why for dancers?
It’s not going to be your traditional dance workshop, but it will have dramatic results in the way you relate to your own body as well as your ability to connect with others. This workshop teaches exactly the elements that have the potential to transform your work and play as a dancer, that are often overlooked in conventional dance classes.
Balance in Challenge offers powerful tools to improve postural alignment and breathing, as well as eye contact and physical sensitivity to other people. We will work with you on grounding, sensing and stating boundaries and creating trust with your partners in life and on the dance floor.
“It is no exaggeration to say that the insights I gained will stay with me forever, enriching my personal and professional development.”
Liam Wilson, Juggler/Artist
“I had the feeling the workshop brought back what I once knew and now have forgotten.”
Henning Fischer MD
“I was stuck with my dancing and wanted to try something different. I couldn't even imagine how transformative it would be... I immediately knew I wanted to share this experience with my fellow dancers.”
Polina, Blossom Blues Organiser
Peter Sweet (San Francisco/Berlin) has spent more than a decade in full time movement training as part of his work as a professional circus, dance and theater performer. Along with his 3 year education in the Alexander Technique, he attended dance conservatory at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD), went to circus school at the Ecole du Cirque Zofy in Sion Switzerland and studied movement based theater at the Helikos School for theater creation. He is also a certified instructor of the Wutao Breath and movement system. Peter learned to dance by jumping from rock to rock in the river as a young boy. Since then he has trained a lot, but has always held on to this playful, spontaneous approach to movement in his dancing and teaching.
Jeanine was born and grew up in Switzerland. After graduating from Ecole Supérieure des Arts du Cirque (ESAC), in Brussels 2005, she toured throughout Europe, India and Australia, performing her contact juggling solo-act and an acro-balance duo. Fascinated by the human being and the mysteries of its functioning, Jeanine continued her training: in 2013, she certified as a teacher of the F.M. Alexander Technique and in 2016 she became an instructor of the breath-undulation practice "Wutao". She is also a pupil of Menglin Chou, learning the art of Chinese Tea. Jeanine began assisting in Peter Sweet's intensive program "Balance in Challenge" in 2006. She worked with him to develop this unique program and became a full-power co-teacher in 2013.
May 16th-23rd, 2019
Hermetschloostrasse 70, 8048 Zurich Altstetten