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Luke Jessop

Cruz Isael Mata

Flying in to the Gravity Skills


The "Flying in to the gravity skills ” its focuses mainly on the movement‘s relationship with the floor, earth and ground.

Simple movement patterns involve breathing, speed, and the release of energy through the body in order to activate the relationship between centre and periphery and between joints and skin.

Exercises mainly focus on the relation towards other people, space, gravity, towards our mentality and involving our situation in the moment. The workshop focuses on moving in and out of the ground more efficiently by maintaining the state of being centred. The emphasis is placed on the skeletal structure which will aid to improve physical perception and alertness.

The workshop  includes partnering work and movement.


Isael explores the primary laws of physics: cohesion and expansion.


Isael Cruz Mata was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He started his dance training in the Institut Supérieur de Danse de Caracas in 1992 and continued his studies at the Central University of Venezuela, where he followed classes in theatre sciences, fine arts and philosophy. He participated in classes of Ashtanga Yoga and travelled before coming to Belgium to become a member of the X-Group in P.A.R.T.S., directed by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. He studied circus techniques at the Ecole nationale du Cirque Annie Fratellini, physical therapy and psychology. He danced with several dance companies in

Venezuela with Espacio Alterno, in Copenhagen with Tim Feldman, in Brussels with Enclave & Roberto Olivan, Josse de Pauw and Maria Clara Villalobos. He has worked with Michél Noiret Company since 2006. He also worked with artists Nadine Ganase, Virginie Thirion, David Zambrano and Companies like: CTC, Mey-Ling Bisogno. Cruz created the production „Puzzle“ in 2005 and „Casa“, which had its premiere in Paris. Cruz Mata has been teaching Dance Release Technique, Flying Low, Acrobatic Dance and Contact Improvisation in Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Belgium, Austria, France, Korea, Sweden, Netherlands and Cuba. Since 2003 he is also teaching at Dans Centrum Jette, Brussels in Belgium. He has been teaching professional classes and workshops at several contemporary dance companies and at international dance festivals: Ultima Vez – Wim Vandekeybus, Cie Philipe Saire, Lausanne-Switzerland, Company Thor, Smits, Need Company, Escuela superior de artes du cirque Lesac, Dance Conservatorium Antwerpen, International Tanztheaterfestival „Bühnenwerkstatt“ Graz, Tanzlabor 21 Germany- Frankfurt, La Raffinerie/Charleroi Dance, Tramplin project Hip Hop, Feria Música Circus Company, Conservatoire Music Dance Artesis Plantinj Hogeschool Antwerpen, Art Alive Kulturverein Austria, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba and at the Festival Summer Intensive in Portugal.