ATLAS 2018 

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Milan Herich

Down by Spiral


During this workshop I would like to share my daily research inspired by different approaches of physicality. I like the idea of a full body warm up while dancing, through repetition of different sequences that range from simple to more complex.

In this class we will walk, run, spin, slide, jump and roll trough the entire space, building the skills and knowledge to play with our whole body, challenging our self by finding individual solution through doing. Improvisation and open dancing it will be use as a tool during the class, moving in a playful environment, developing physical perception and alertness among the group. The material used during this class, it is a combination of different techniques from my own practice fuelled by a variety of dance forms.

Roberto Olivan

Instinct as a source of movement 


Roberto Olivan forges dance from physicality, body power and technique, taking the body to extreme situations. His goal is to encourage loosing fear of moving in a specific context. The workshop is especially focused on generating dance material from our animal instincts and our own creativity. Moreover, it strengthens group confidence by building safe conclusions from difficult situations.

Moving efficiently becomes an important issue, but there are other important purposes too. Working with gravity, the consciousness of inner sensations, such as breathing, and the visualisation of energy released by movement. This consciousness of body unites mind and physical structure relating it to spatial energies, to others and to oneself. In this sense, the body becomes a tool of projection for the physical and emotional flow. The force of mental images, such as lines and structures around and in the body, are used to define and help us better understand the body’s functionality.


Francisco Córdova

Body Action

BODY ACTION   > Movement Relation

It is a training based on the construction of physical actions. It induces the participant to move from a common language and not form dance codes. It decodes and destructs the established and predetermined languages of the dance. The class is representation of control and physical intuition, its purpose is to create states: physical, mental and even emotional from taxation. It takes the body to its maximum capabilities with a corporately controlled risk. Guide the pupils to find the truth in their body and to contact their own way of moving, to assume the information regarding their intuition. The class is experiential learning.

Physical Action as Scenic Construction

Improvisation, of Loss, the Emotional Act of Physicality, The Atlas of the Body and its Collective Trajectories. Laboratory of Partnering,

Rakesh Sukesh

Payatt INtransit


Payatt INtransit is a contemporary movement technique that combines movement principles from the ancient Indian martial art form of Kalaripayattu with Hatha yoga practices like Asana and Pranayama as well as dynamic kundalini yoga and energy work to stimulate the source of energy in our body. It trains the practitioners in a safe, organic and yet rigorous way to become more confident, soft, relaxed, flexible and powerful, training us to be quick in our reflexes, while at the same time guiding us to cultivate a constant inner calm. The focus lies on learning to relax and soften while simultaneously unleashing a forceful energy as we use gravity and momentum to build up physicality. We learn to isolate the strong physical aspect of this class from the constant calm within, enabling us to gain complete control over the movement rather that the movement controlling us, and enhancing our ability to adapt to unexpected situations and make innovative yet efficient choices, based on combining the energy from within with our physical energy and with the energy around us.

Beto Pérez

The Reflexive Body


The reflexive body It's a training method based in explorations and corporal visualizations directed to understand the hidden mechanism of the movement, the consequence it could be a more organic and conscious way of moving. It starts as a training where moving, is the logic consequence of each body and then enhance their natural capacities. The class is raised to energize body mechanisms, that will allow actively reflect on the movement through the technical sequences developed in each class. The movement become in the body reflection. The class have a simple structure that enters the student in a gentle way, to end up moving in a complex, dynamic and energetic way. Develops body strengthening through the dynamics and sensations that are organized in the common and uncommon exercises in the dance. The movement is learned from the reasons of the body itself more than the aesthetic ideas. You work with the anatomy, rather than against it.

Edivaldo Ernesto

Depth Movement 


This is an intense and dense group, dynamic class. It is about energy, about constantly challenging your limits. Understanding what defines you as a dancer and pushing those boundaries over and over again. Allowing the environment to influence your dancing skills, refining tools to create new movement qualities and new rhythms. Digging deeper inside the range of your own personal dance vocabulary, becoming anyone or anything. Working with partnering, a multi-directional micro-narrative movement to transforming as a whole group. Learning how to effectively be unpredictable, how to recycle energy, how to use the body as your primary tool. I guarantee a new process of study in which I go as a teacher and guidance parallel to your learning process and makes you do the step of digesting the work to get a completely new level. 




Mozambique / Germany

Born in Maputo (Mozambique). Based in Berlin, Germany since 2007.

For 13 years Edivaldo Ernesto has worked with David Zambrano, the creator of “Flying Low” and “Passing Through” technique, in Duet improvisations performance, new creations, teaching assistance and touring across the world. He worked at Sasha Waltz and Guests company, (2007-2014). Since 2012 he has developed various collaborative projects with Judith Sánchez Ruíz of spontaneous improvisation performances and choreographic duet: “There is a name for it” (2012-2014)


He has also collaborated with innovative acclaimed German Pianist Hauschka. His project in collaboration with choreographers Horacio Macuacua and Idio Chichava, “Intolerância”, premiered at Festival of African Art (Masa), Maputo, Mozambique (2016); also in collaboration with Horacio Macauca, “Paradise Is Not In the sky”, toured: Deltebre Dance Festival, Spain; Festival Ballo Pubblico 2016, Siena; and Poggibonsi, Italy; Space Belgica, Brussels, Belgium; and Notafe Substation, Viljandi. Estonia. His solo work: “Access to the Road” premiered at Volksroom, Brussels, Belgium (2012) and “Tears” (2015), premiered at Grand Atelier E. V. E, Le Mans, France, (2015); and will tour to Hong Kong International Choreography Festival, China, (2017). Edivaldo has been invited to create work for 4/15 group, Salzburg, in research (2017).

In 2005, he won a DanceWEB Scholarship for five weeks at Impulstanz, Vienna International Dance Festival, Austria. He has taught as assistance of David Zambrano: P.A.R.T.S, coaching Passing Through technique. Brussels, Belgium (2008); 50 Days program San Jose, Costa Rica (2010); DansCentrum Jette, Brussels, Belgium (2009); FUZIONI Improvisation Festival, Italy (2014); Ex>In, Ponderosa, Germany, (2014); Ex-In Madrid; FEC, (2015); Ex-In, Spain (2016). Since 2011 Edivaldo Ernesto had been immersed in the investigation and development of “Depth Movement” and “ Next Level” Workshops:. He has taught at Biennale de Venice, Italy; SEAD Dance Academy, Salzburg, Austria; Deltebre Dance Festival, Spain; Volkroom, Brussels, Belgium; Tanzfabrik, Berlin, Germany; Marameo, Berlin, Germany; Potsdam Festival, Berlin, Germany; HZT Dance University Berlin, Germany; La Fleche, France; 1st Tanztreffen der Jugend, Berliner Festspiele, Berlin, Germany; FlounceUp, Roma, Italy, Guangzhou Summer Workshop, China; Panama City, Corsica, Lyon, France; Centro de las Artes de San Agustín, San Agustín Etla, Mexico; Dock 11, Berlin; THEATER BIELEFELD;, Germany; Tanzraum Werkraum Warteck, Basel; La Caldera, Barcelona, Spain; Studio Peter-Boneham, Québec, Canada.


CDMX (México)

Director of Proyecto Ítaca and Co-director of Festival ATLAS. Teacher, performer, choreographer and pedagogue in Técnicas de Movimiento, specifically contemporary dance. He begins his studies at the special groups of Dance at the National System for Professional Teaching in Dance (SNEDP) INBA, Mexico. He was a part of dance companies such as Barro Rojo (Arturo Garrido), Ensamble Tiempo de Bailar (Vicente Silva) and ASYC (Alicia Sánchez) in Mexico; and with the companies Acción Colectiva - Teatro Físico (Julie Barnsley) and Rajatabladanza (Eduardo Castillo) in Caracas, Venezuela . He has participated in theatre montages with the company Teatro Línea de Sombra (Jorge Vargas, Alicia Laguna) and as a guest dancer with the company Danza Concierto (Peter Palacio) from Medellín, Colombia.


Invited as a performer, teacher and choreographer to numerous dance and theatre festivals in Mexico, United States, Colombia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Chile, Brasil, Venezuela, Russia, Spain, France, Germany, Scotland, England and China. Creator and producer of Proyecto Ítaca, where he currently directs his scenic research as a creator and performer. His personal scenic project dates back to 1994 including works, co creations and mentorships with diverse choreographers and performers, as well as teaching courses and workshops regarding movement techniques and performance work. Since 1995 he has been developing a personal research regarding performing arts, formulating methods of creative work for dancers and actors. He collaborates, mentors, performs and co-creates with the company Physical Momentum by Francisco Córdova.

Currently he teaches at Diplomado de Prácticas Escénicas Contemporáneas (2008-2012) and as a resident teacher at Escuela Nacional de Danza Clásica y Contemporánea, (ENDCC) INBA-CENART (1996-2014). He has been grant recipient in the category of Performers 1997-1998. Mentioned as one of the 3 best dancers in Mexico by Zona de Danza Magazine.. Recipient of the program Creadores Escénicos con Trayectoria 2012-2014 and 2016-2018 from FONCA.


India / Switzerland 

Rakesh started his career as a Bollywood dancer with a dance company in Kerala/India.

During this period he worked in several films as a dancer and assistant choreographer. In 2003 he joined Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, a contemporary dance company in Bangalore. As a part of the company, Rakesh performed at various national and international venues. He was part of three major productions under the direction of Jayachandran Palazy (Artistic Director and Choreographer of Attakkalari). During his time with the company he was exposed to intensive training of the ancient Indian martial art form Kalaripayattu.


Since 2009 Rakesh has been working as an independent artist. Between July and August 2009, he participated in the Apprenticeship Program with Magpie Umbrella Organization under the Direction of Katie Duck (Artistic Director, teacher and performer) in Amsterdam. Ever since, he has been invited several times to perform with Magpie. In the past years Rakesh has been working on developing a contemporary movement method called Payatt INtransit - using Kalarippayattu and contemporary movement techniques, yoga and energy work. He has been invited to teach Payatt INtransit at various festivals and for companies such as Sidi Larbi’s company, Ultima Vez, Impuls Tanz at the summer festival/summer schools of Deltebre Danza Spain, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Colombo Dance Factory Zurich, Dancentrumjette Brussels, University of Costa Rica, Bremen Theater (Samir Akika), SEAD in Salzburg and so on.

He also works as freelance performer/ choreographer, collaborating with various artists and doing solo works & improvisations.

He currently lives in Zurich Switzerland, dividing his time between Europe and Asia.




This international creator started his training at the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona and P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels. The Belgian capital was the key point in the strengthening of his artistic career. He took his first steps as a professional dancer at Rosas dance company, directed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. He also performed under the direction of renowned directors such as Robert Wilson, Tom Jansen and Josse de Pauw.

Currently, Roberto is the director of the dance company R.O.P.A. – Roberto Olivan Performing Arts. The company was created in Brussels in 2001. He also is the artistic director and founder of the Festival Deltebre Dansa, an international event that has taken place annually since 2004. Olivan creates commissioned works for dance companies, universities, dance institutions and schools all over the world. His career has been very versatile. In recent years, he has been teaching at workshops around the world and has worked as a choreographer and performer in the film industry. His career has been recognised all over the world. He has received the following awards: Premi Nacional de Cultura 2014 (Catalonia, Spain), Ciutat de Barcelona 2013 (Catalonia, Spain), Sebastià Gasch FAD Awards Of Paratheatrical Arts 2012 (Catalonia, Spain), Prix SACD de la Création Chorégraphique 2001 from the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (Belgium) as well as several other prize nominations.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE: (AUSTRIA) SEAD - Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (BELGIUM) Compagnie Michèle Anne De Mey | Charleroi Danses Kong vzw Danscompagnie Lune Danscentrumjette Dansstudio Zenit de ! Kunsthumaniora ÉSAC - Ecole supérieure des arts du cirque Feria Musica GARAGE29, La Raffinerie Needcompany P.A.R.T.S.- Performing Arts Research and Training Studios Rosas dance company (repertory classes) Cie Bud Blumenthal | Studio Hybrid Royal Ballet School Antwerp Vivace Evergem koor 1x2x3 Asbl Fatou Traoré (CANADA) Circuit-Est CHINA K-Arts - Korea National University of Arts (COSTA RICA) Conservatorio El Barco (CROATIA) Zagreb Dance Company DENMARK The Danish National School of Performing Arts (FRANCE) Le Lido, Centre des Arts du Cirque de Toulouse CNAC - Centre national des arts du cirque (GERMANY) Katapult (GREECE) Kinitiras Studio HUNGARY MU Theater Szeged Contemporary Dance Company The Jurányi Art Incubator House (ISRAEL) Vertigo Dance Company (ITALY) MagdaClan Circo FLIC Scuola di Circo MALTA Dance Hybrid Malta School of Performing Arts - University of Malta (POLAND) CYRKULACJE - Wrocławski Festiwal Ruchu Dada Hub (SOUTH KOREA) K-Arts - Korea National University of Arts (SWEDEN) ReAct! Danscentrum Stockholm Stockholm University of the Arts (THE NETHERLANDS) ATD - Academy of Theatre and Dance de Theaterschool - Amsterdam University of the Arts ArtEZ School of Dance (Arnhem), and many more festivals and schools in Europe, Asia and Latin America



México / Spain / Belgium 

Performer, Choreographer and Pedagogue. Masters in Theatre Studies and Scenic Direction and Masters in Scenic Lighting at Institut del Teatre (IT) in Barcelona, Spain. Bachelor in Contemporary Dance at Escuela Nacional de Danza (ENDCC) in Mexico. He has studied in Montreal, Canada with Les Jeunes Ballets du Québec (JBQ), and in New York City with Ballet Hispánico (BH). He directs the company Physical Momentum which is currently celebrating 10 years of creative career. Director of Festival Internacional ATLAS and director of the training program Técnicas de Movimiento (TDM) in Mexico and Barcelona. He has been a part of diverse companies and scenic projects in Europe and Latin America throughout his 13 years of professional experience.

From 2006 he has been developing his methodological approach Body-Action > Movement-Relation and Physical Action as a Scenic Construction, which he has taught at multiple centers across Europe, Asia and Latin America. 

Francisco has exhibited his pedagogical work at many international festivals, companies and professional schools in Mexico, the United States, Canada, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Panamá, Costa Rica, Spain, Holland, Italy, France, Czech Republic, Ireland, Belgium, Switzerland, Croatia, Germany, Russia and Singapour.

(AUSTRIA) SEAD- Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, (RUSSIA) Классы-"Для Своих" -DAAS, (CROATIA) Festival plesa i neverbalnog kazališta Svetvinčenat > Zagreb, (GERMANY) DOCK 11, B12 Festival (BELGIUM) GARAGE29, (SINGAPORE) Xposition ‘O’ Contemporary Odt Dance Fiesta, (THE NETHERLANDS) FONTYS Hogeschool voor de Kunsten,  (ITALY) AND Academia Nazzionali di Danza de Roma  - SLIP Scola di circo - Lab QuattroX4, (SPAIN) DELTEBRE Festival Deltebre Dansa -La Caldera Barcelona -AREA Espai de Dansa i creació -nunART -Nau Ivanow, -L´struch, -Tragant dansa -Bambu Danza -PAD Sevilla, -CC.Barceloneta, -EDAE, -Escuela Celra, -latiNOlati (COLOMBIA) Festival Danza en la ciudad -Danza Comun (COSTA RICA) La Machine Festival (ECUADOR) Compañia Nacional de Camara (BRASIL) Red Festival Dança em Trânsito, Dança de Diadema, Epaço Dança (EL SALVADOR) Festival Nomada - Compañia Nacional de Danza (PANAMÁ) FAE Festival internacional de Artes Escenicas, (MÉXICO) Centro Nacional de las Artes -ENDCC -ADM -EPDM -ESMDM -OY -UV -UNAM -END -UG -UAQ -UABC -UNISON -ESDS -BUAP -Camp-in -RED de Festivales Norte, Sur y Centro Occidente (CANADA) Université du Québec à Montréal;  and many more festivals and schools in Europe, Asia and Latin America.


Slovakia / Belgium 

Born in Slovakia, Milan began his first dance steps in the Slovakian traditional children's dance company Dumbier and graduated at the Banska Bystrica Dance Conservatory.

In 2002 he continued his dance training at P.A.R.T.S under the direction of Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker in Brussels.

He benn performing with different choreographers and companies like Ultima Vez / Wim Vandekeybus in the creation Puur (2005), Booting Looting (2013) and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui to create the show Myth (2007).

Since over 16 years he is in continuous collaboration with David Zambrano as an assistant in classes and workshops and as an interpreter in the works: 12 flies went out at noon, 3 flies went out at noon, Rabbit project, Soul Project and Holes.

Milan Herich is co-founder of Les SlovaKs Dance Collective creating the works Opening Night (2007) Journey Home (2009) The concert, live concert of traditional music and singing (2010) and his last show, Fragments.

Since 2013 he has also collaborated with the choreographer Anton Lachky on the creations Mind Gap and Side Effects. Milan created together with David Zambrano " A Solo for Mr.Folk" making presentations in Europe and Latin America.

He continues developing his own work and teaching, as also accompanying other artists from different disciplines as a mentor and choreographer.

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