Movement, improvisation & somatics
Tuva is offering classes and workshops in improvisation based on somatic principles influenced by her experience in Skinner Releasing/Open Source Forms, Alexander technique, Contact Improvisation and the work of Eva Karczag (Tai Chi, Ideokinesis, Alexander technique, Body Mind Centering).
The application of these practices can be used by people in movement, acting, dance, art, voice, education, meditation, healing therapies, daily life activities and recovery from injuries. The work is practiced in the context of self-discovery and openness and each person is both the student and the subject matter, to discover ease that underlies transformation.
Currently Tuva is facilitating a weekly improvisation laboratory in Stockholm, leading introductions to CI jams occassionally, as well as teaching upon request. If interested in participating in the lab or organising a workshop/class contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meisner & stage combat
Tuva also teaches introduction workshops in the acting technique Meisner technique (lastly on January 30th 2018 to all the state acting school teachers/Kulturskolelärarna in Skåne, Sweden at their annual “länsstudiedag”).
As Tuva has experience in training stage combat from 2004-2013, and took her advanced stage combatant test in 2010 as well as deepening her knowledge by studying hap-kido and Tai Chi occassionally, she can also offer basic stage combat classes in unarmed, rapier and broadsword.
AT helps you through guided language and hands-on work to observe, identify and bring into consciousness the harmful movement and psychological habits you’ve built up throughout life and learn how to make new choices that brings more ease, freedom and presence.
From 2011-2017 Tuva has practiced AT in group classes and privately, with Gary Ramsey, Kathe Jarka, Shelley Senter, Ann Rodiger and Eva Karczag. In November 2016 Tuva joined the Teacher Training program at Balance Arts Center and will finish her teacher training within the next three years.
Skinner Releasing Technique
SRT has evolved from the simple principle that when we are releasing physical tension, we can move with greater freedom, power and articulation. In SRT classes, spontaneous movement evoked by guided poetic imagery, supported by music and sound, enables a creative and easily accessible exploration of technical movement principles such as multi-directional alignment, suppleness, suspension, economy and autonomy.
Tuva has been practicing SRT since 2009 with Jennifer Lynn and Sally Dean in UK, but most of her experience comes from working with Karl Anderson weekly 2013-2017 and taking workshops in OSF with Stephanie Skura. Currently Tuva is researching SRT/OSF through a weekly lab in Stockholm.
Eva’s performance work and teaching are informed by dance improvisation and mindful body practices (including T’ai Chi Ch’uan and Qi Gong, the Alexander Technique (certified teacher), Ideokinesis, and Yoga). Since 1972, she has been a member of leading groups in the field of experimental dance, including the Trisha Brown Dance Company (1979-86). Through her performing and teaching, she aims to communicate her love of full-bodied dancing and her interest in the practice of being in the moment.
Tuva has been taking private Alexander lessons and workshops with Eva since 2013, and is currently working closely with her as a teacher assistant and collaborator.
Stephanie Skura/Open Source Forms
Deeply rooted in, and fluidly expanded from Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT), Open Source Forms is about cross-fertilizations and deep commonalities of SRT and creative process: shedding outer layers, finding primal energy, agility navigating subconscious realms, and imagery as powerful tool for transformation.
Tuva has taken workshops with Stephanie Skura in New York 2014-2016 and in October 2017 she participated in a three week full-time pre-Teacher Training course in OSF in Wales with Stephanie Skura.
This acting technique is built on the idea that “acting is to live truthfully under given imaginary circumstances”. It is about stepping into who you are, rather than becoming someone else, and responding truthfully and uncensored to how your environment affects you. In Meisner one focuses on letting go of thinking, by practicing focusing to a 100% on our partner. If we can let go of directing ourselves, we won’t be self-conscious, let our partner penetrate our defense mechanisms and therefore respond intuitively and authentically.
Tuva studied Meisner technique at the Actor’s Temple in London in 2009 and then during two years conservatory training at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater, the school where Meisner taught and developed his technique.
Body Mind Centering
BMC is an integrated and embodied approach to movement, the body and consciousness. Developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, it is an experiential study based on the embodiment and application of anatomical, physiological, psychophysical and developmental principles, utilizing movement, touch, voice and mind.
Tuva has never studied BMC in depth, but taken shorter workshops in BMC as well as classes with teachers who have been highly influenced by it, such as KJ Holmes, Levi Gonzalez, Michelle Boule, Luciana Achugar, Olive Biertinga and Beth Goren.
Contact Improvisation is an evolving system of movement initiated in 1972 by Steve Paxton. The improvised dance form is based on the communication between two moving bodies that are in physical contact and their combined relationship to the physical laws that govern their motion—gravity, momentum, inertia. Alertness is developed in order to work in an energetic state of physical disorientation, trusting in one’s basic survival instincts. The body, in order to open to these sensations, learns to release excess muscular tension and abandon a certain quality of willfulness to experience the natural flow of movement, bringing forth a physical/emotional truth about a shared moment of movement that leaves the participants informed, centered, and enlivened.
Tuva has practiced CI in New York through Movement Research and at jams, with KJ Holmes, Margaret Paek, Paul Singh and Bradley Teal Ellis, among others.