When we begin tapping into the fundamental resources within each body, we start to re-discover our natural instinct in movement,
movement which comes naturally, expressing a wide range of emotions and desires. Movement conceived as a necessity, as a theatrical act, rather than a form.
The class will focus mainly on the connection with one’s own body, with the understanding of its limits, in order to acknowledge how far one is willing or able to go. Awareness of the skeletal structure, its capability of mobility, its mechanics and directional awareness will help us to explore the space across the floor and through the air. Calmness always being the starting point. Learning to search for resting points during the use of force, power and strength. Reaching freedom when being locked. The
natural state of expressions will allow us to find our own unique language, which will lead us towards movement material composed into phrases emphasising the full range of spatial possibilities coming from the floor to reaching the air above.
Manuel Ronda was born in Italy (Genoa) in 1977, where he studied Industrial Design at the University of Architecture. He then attended in 1999 the modern dance theatre school in Amsterdam.
He is a theatre performer. As an actor he worked for the children's theatre Teatro del Piccione in Genoa for different years and for Lindsay Kemp, in Rome. After meeting Andre Gingras in the year 2000 he participated in The Lindenmayer System and, the solo CYP17, performed in several venues throughout the world. After joining for different creations Charleroi/Danses Plan-K, directed by Frederic Flamand, he has been collaborating with Angelique Wilkie in the performance Zeropoint. He took then part of UltimaVez/Wim Vandekeybus participating and touring the creations of Puur, Spiegel, Menske, Talk to the Demon and the long movie HereAfter. As a dramaturg he assisted the choreographer director Elena Fokina for Pristan in Mexico and Bielovodie in Moscow. For Klaus Jurgens he performed in Asa Nisi Masa and in collaboration with Kenneth Flak he has been creating 2Halves, premiered in Den Haag for the CaDance Festival. In 2012 he starts collaborating with the RootLessRoot Dance Company in Athens, participating in the productions of Kireru and Europium (2016). In 2013 he took part as an actor in German Jauregui's creation of Confession, premiered at the Tanzhaus in Zurich.
He also teaches contemporary dance workshops internationally.
Manuel lives in Brussel.