Born in Sweden, Emmalena Fredriksson received her training at Balettakademien in Umeå and at SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance) in Austria. She holds an MFA degree from Simon Fraser University and has presented choreographic work, performed and taught internationally with Daghdha Dance Company (IE), Pact Zollverein (DE) and Falmouth University (UK) among others. Based in Vancouver, Canada since 2013 her work has been presented in Dance in Vancouver’s Choreography Walk curated by Justine A. Chambers, The DanceCentre’s Discover Dance Series and at the Audain Gallery. Emmalena regularly teaches at Modus Operandi, Harbour Dance Centre, Simon Fraser University and Training Society of Vancouver. Continuing her research into choreography as a relational practice in the expanded fields of dance, upcoming work includes collaborations with the visual art platform HAUNT, composer Alex Mah (EDAM) and a virtual reality dance film project.
Emmalena Fredriksson instructs the following:
Justine's: This class begins with a simple improvisational score to reacquaint ourselves with our bodies, and progresses with simple set exercises and larger movement phrases.
Primarily through floor work, the class incrementally layers ways of thinking through the body, that invite participants into an experience of their body in the here and now. It includes searching for systems of support inside and outside of the body, working with sequencing and inviting shifts in sensation and perception. With an openness to functional change, we will explore the precise moments where the body is activated into movement.
Kate's: My class is a synthesis of all of the ideas that currently fascinate me. Usually my class will start gently on the floor and build in verticality and intensity. The class loosely follows a traditional ballet class-style progression. Pliés, tendus, rond de jambes and battements are still on the table sometimes. At times we dance quite specifically to the music, and sometimes dancers will find their own phrasing.
I want to give dancers tools to make simple, clear, precise, specific decisions. I want to help dancers understand how to find new possibilities for movement and stability in the areas of the pelvis/femurs and the ribcage/scapulae. I want to give movers a more accurate map of their anatomical structures and then immediately make the information relevant through a movement experience.
In this contemporary technique class we will use floor work and release- based techniques to explore the anatomical structure of the body and sequential movement. Working with gravity as an initiating force for dancing, we will play with pushing, pulling, falling and spirals in different patterns and combinations to travel across the space while moving in and out of the floor. The class will begin with variations of bodywork and movement improvisation then gradually build in intensity and complexity as we progress from moving close to the floor to more upright and upside down movement patterns.