Daily Morning Class: Cristina Planas Leitao

Mon 22 May 2017 - Fri 26 May 2017
10:00 - 11:30
€5 DI Students / €7 DI Members / €10 Non-members
Open to professional level dancers and advanced level students
Cristina Planas Leitao


Cristina incorporates and shares her knowledge of David Zambrano’s Flying-Low Dance Technique. Adapted to her own artistic visions her classes are often described as having a soft and spatially complex approach to Flying-Low. This technique focuses on the dancers’ relationship with the floor by utilising 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. Participants often work in pairs for a better understanding of the physical properties, as well as 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 challenged into disconnecting from the usual right & left or front & back idea.


Cristina Planas Leitão - Holds a BA in Dance Performance from ArtEZ – Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Arnhem, The Netherlands, graduating in 2006. She has worked extensively with David Zambrano since 2005 as a student. In 2010 she was one of 50 artists chosen to be a part of 50 days of Flying Low and Passing Through in Costa Rica certifying her in both techniques. Since then Cristina has been sharing her knowledge of the work internationally. In 2013 Cristina has performed in the revival of Experience # 1, a piece by Isabelle Schad (DE), at Serralves Contemporary Art Museum, Porto. In 2011/12 she is co-creator & performer of The very delicious piece with Jasmina Krizaj – a piece produced in the frame of the network Modul Dance (EDN) with more than 30 international performances, among other places at Plesni Teater Ljubljana (SI); I like to watch Too, Julidans FestivalAmsterdam (NL); Stara Mestna Elektrarna, Ljubljana (SI); Maribor 2012 European Capital of Culture; Teatro Campo Alegre, Porto (PT); CAAA,Guimarães – European Capital of Culture (PT); Hellerau – Europäisches Zentrum der Künsten, Dresden (DE), The Place, London (UK); etc. With this creation they established a long term collaboration continuing later with the making of The Very Boring Piece. In 2014 she also premiered her own solo bear me, selected for GUIdance Festival 2015 in Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Guimarães and acclaimed by the critic. As a rehearsal director she has worked for Hofesh Shechter’s(2012-2014) and Gregory Maqoma’s (2015) creations for Companhia Instável. Since 2013 she is one of the artistic advisors to Companhia Instável, Porto and an associated artist to their residency program. In 2015 as well she is one of the selected artists to participate in The Porto Sessions  – a project drawn and developed by Meg Stuart/ Damaged Goods and Ana Rocha organized by Mezzannine and co-produced by Rivoli Theater. She produces her own projects independently and is currently developing her new work UM [unimal] with the support of Dance Ireland and other co-producers.

With the support of Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Portugal

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