Classes and (intensive) Workshops
Cristina's pedagogic practice started in 2010, after taking part in 50 days of Flying Low and Passing Through in Costa Rica with David Zambrano, where she was the only Portuguese artist to be invited to participate in this unique project, after years of being his student.
At the end of the 50-day intensive, each participant received certification by Zambrano allowing them to further develop Flying Low and Passing Through within their own artistic practice. Working with David Zambrano during the most intensive period he taught in a row, she has gained the teaching qualifications for Flying Low and Passing through, which is since then integrating in her own teaching practice, always in constant change and development.
"I embody and share the knowledge of David Zambrano’s Flying Low technique adapted to my own artistic vision and needs, always taking care of the temporary group that is formed for the class. I see it as a technique that teaches my body spiralling pathways and skills to move in and out of the floor in a very direct and intentional way - it's something I always keep in my pocket using it when in need, as with other techniques. In the practice, the dynamics increase progressively using imagery and touch by exploring and exploding each short exercise, where participants are challenged to find their own solutions through experimenting, figuring out what are the pathways which cross their bodies, rather than established formulas or shapes. We work on the principles and the states rather than the exercises and everyone is challenged to disconnecting from the usual right & left or front & back idea. The technique focuses on the relationship with the floor by utilising simple movement sequences and by practicing speed and the release of energy throughout the body in order to activate the centre."
photos © 1-5 Israel Pimenta @ Oficina Zero; 6 - 7 Joanna Kalm; 8 - 9 RTP2; 10 Dance Ireland; 11 - 12 Comédias do Minho