Countertechnique Workshop
w/ Eva Schaller
Week 1 | SI24-7


When: 8 – 12 July

Times: 15:00 – 18:00

Studio: LMIPA 1

Please note for your travel plans there will be an informal sharing of the week’s workshops on Friday at 18:15

About the Countertechnique Workshop:

In this workshop you get the chance to learn more about the theoretical background of Countertechnique. You will get an introduction to the ‘Countertechnique toolbox’, which offers tools for body and mind to help the dancer think about the dancing body, focusing on the process of incorporating information into action. This workshop will give you a deeper understanding of the technique. It goes further than what the format of an open class can offer, because you get more time to process the information in different ways then just repeating the steps.

“While teaching, I enjoy the process – the development of a person, mind, and body. I want to be a part of that process: observe it, guide it, and help it. I enjoy to discover new things together with the dancers, to make them think positively and objectively about themselves, their bodies and technique, and to be able to have fun and enjoy dancing. I like to create a comfortable and easy-going atmosphere where people feel free and safe to try new things and make mistakes in order to move forward and grow as a professional dancer. For me, it is important that class is not only a tool for dancers to get warm for rehearsals and shows, but also to make class an enjoyable and challenging process.  

Countertechnique is a thinking-process orientated system, which helps you to connect with the space around and inside of you, as well as with people around you. It focuses you on a very gradual warm up of the whole body and it helps you to stay present in that exact moment and space while dancing. Countertechnique teaches you to be gentle and smart with your own body and at the same time encourages you to take a risk and dance with your full, maximum range.”

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About Eva Schaller:

Eva Schaller works as a freelance dancer, teacher and choreographer based in Vienna, Austria. Her first encounter with Countertechnqiue took place during her studies at Codarts and subsequently as a dancer in Anouk van Dijk’s company performing in SituationsSHOTAm i out? and STAU throughout the Netherlands and abroad between 2007-2009. She participated in the One Body One Career Intensives in 2007, 2008 and 2016, and became a certified teacher in 2016; she returned for her second CTTT in 2022.

Eva has performed with choreographers Emio Greco|PC and Anouk van Dijk in the Netherlands; in Austria with choreographers Christine Gaigg, Georg Blaschke, Willi Dorner; in Germany she collaborated with Sabine Glenz and the Munich Philharmony. Her own choreographic work is based on thorough engagement in the field of Austrian modernist dance-heritage, archive, and transmission, female histories and embodied memory. Her solo Recalling Her Dance – a choreographic encounter with Hanna Berger (2021) was shown at Tanzquartier Vienna and Impulstanz Vienna International Dance Festival; as well as the group work Femenine (2022) which was performed in various public spaces in the city Vienna. Since 2016 she teaches Countertechnique in professional dance programmes across Europe, as a regular guest and choreographer at the MUK Music and Arts University Vienna.


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w/ Eva Schaller
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