February 4 – 8, 2019 | 10 am – 12 pm 

Eating Space
Space motivates to move. Directions, shapes and pathways provide nutrition for physical action. The body is organizing and reorganizing itself constantly while creating, approaching, following and digesting these representations of space. The diversity of efforts involved in this process creates dynamic and expressive variety. Pulling, pushing, resisting, letting go, rising, dropping, falling, hitting, and kicking are elements Kenji Takagi likes to play with. This class aims to introduce material that explores space in a rigorous way, offering appetizers for technical and artistic movement research. Kenji Takagi refers to German Expressionist Tradition (Laban, Jooss-Leeder, Cébron, Bausch) by breaking up its stylistic framework and pulling its principles into new extremes.


Kenji Takagi is working as a freelance dancer, teacher and choreographer. He was a member of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch from 2001 until 2008 where he remained guest dancer and rehearsal assistant up until now. In 2008, he received the German Theatre Award Der Faust in the category “best performance in dance” for his solo in Pina Bausch’s Bamboo Blues. Kenji Takagi teaches around the world in institutions such as ImPulsTanz, Folkwang University, Essen, the Conservatoire national supérieur de Paris, La Biennale di Venezia, Movement Research New York, and the Ballet Preljocaj. He co-directed the rehearsals to the restaging of Pina Bausch’s Le Sacre du printemps at the Paris Opera in 2015 and at the English National Ballet in 2017. As a dancer, Kenji Takagi appeared in various improvisation events and worked alongside Mark Sieczkarek, Nathalie Larquet and Jean Laurent Sasportes.


En aparté, lunch talk with Kenji Takagi: February 7, 2019 – 12:15 pm


February 4 – 8, 2019 | 10 am – 12 pm
$8 /class | Studio Peter-Boneham
With the financial support of Emploi-Québec
[To access this rate, the participants have to be Canadian citizens or permanent residents in Canada and currently residing in Québec.]

REGISTRATION: | 514 525-1569


Photo: Kenji Takagi  © Akko Miyake-La biennale di Venezia