Kenan Dinkelmann grew up in Passau, Germany and graduated from Artez, School of Dance, Arnhem with a BA of performing arts and completed the SEAD postgraduate program Bodhi Project directed by Susan Quinn where he toured works by Jozef Frucek & Linda Kapetanea, Martin Nachbar and Robert Clark in Europe. As freelance dancer Kenan worked with Johannes Wieland, Marion Sparber, Ivan Perez, Unterwegstheater and Anton Lachky. From 2015 till 2017 he joined the dance company of Stadttheater Bielefeld where he danced in works by Wim Vandekeybus, Simone Sandroni and Sharon Fridman. Kenan is guest teacher at Die Etage, Berlin, Stadttheater Bielefeld, Marameo Berlin, Staatstheater Braunschweig, TRAK Dance Ensemble, Tanzbüro Basel and Profitraining Leipzig. As a choreographer Kenan created the piece „Astral“ which was premiered in Sofia, Bulgaria with further shows in Dock11 Berlin and Arnhem, Netherlands.
Drawing inspirations from martial arts and yoga, the warm up has the purpose to tune the dancers into a clear and subtle state of body and mind before their practice and execution. Challenging postures alongside movement flow with circular motions and spirals will be introduced in order to provide better awareness of the body, especially for wrists and legs.
The warm up is followed by a series of movement patterns used as a tool to explore the mechanics of the spine. Introducing dynamics of balancing, stabilizing, falling, rolling, flipping and melting down in order to maintain flow without unnecessary tension. The patterns will increase in complexity and then be linked into longer sequences with acrobatic elements.
The main part of the seminar consists of high energy movement phrases based on Kenans choreographic work which is influenced by various backgrounds such as Capoeira, Judo, Release-Technic and Breakdance. Improvisation tasks, either alone or with a partner will be present during the whole workshop in order to explore the movement material from another viewpoint.