Workshop for Professionals
with Franko Schmidt
Proof required and to provide at Kulturkarte Wuppertal, Kirchplatz 1, 42103 Wuppertal, Phone +49 (0)202 563 7666
Proberaum Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
Tickets for the workshops for professionals are only available at Kulturkarte Wuppertal, reservation hotline +49 (0)202 563 7666
Franko Schmidt’s workshop offer an introduction into the Jooss-Leeder Method, which was developed and taught at the Folkwang School of Arts as a form of contemporary dance that has its roots in Rudolf von Laban’s theories of movement. It greatly influenced German Expressionist dance in the 1930s and was also the point of origin for the emergence of Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater. The aim is to understand movement principles, to consciously experience the movement components of time, space and force through the senses, and to develop the body as an expressive instrument. The workshop will enable dancers to improve their technical and expressive abilities. Choreographers and teachers will gain new impulses for their own work by engaging deeply with these movement principles.
Franko Schmidt has been a member of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch since 2004.
He has danced with Mark Sieczkarek in Essen, Joachim Schlömer in Basel/Switzerland, the Folkwang Dance Studio under Henrietta Horn, and the Limón Dance Company in New York. He has performed in works by Susanne Linke, bernd Kühn, Manuel Quero, Zoltan Dani, Gabrio Gabrielli, Sanna Myllylahti, Eun Me Ahn, Tim Etchells and Dimitris Papaioannou.
Numerous tours have taken him to Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Japan, South Korea, Brasil, India, USA, Egypt, Taiwan and all over Europe.
He began teaching while still a student in Hamburg. He has held guest lectureships and taught at the Folkwang School of Arts and the Folkwang Tanzstudio in Essen and the Tanztheater of the State Theatre in Kassel, as well as teaching recurrent workshops at the Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa/Mexico and the cultural centre Los Talleres in Mexico City. He has also taught at the Kyoto Arts Centre in Japan, the Istanbul Festival, Danza Universitaria in San José/Costa Rica, the Theâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg, and the dance department at the Shanghai Theatre Academy in China. He has held workshops in Florence, Rovereto and Rome.
Franko Schmidt trained with, among others, Jean Cébron and Lutz Förster at the Folkwang School of Arts in Essen, which was founded by Kurt Jooss in 1927. It counts among the most renowned schools for contemporary dance and composition in the world, famous for encouraging its students to develop their imagination and seek their own truthful forms of expression and body language.