Cie Toula Limnaios
Contemporary dance and Composition
The body as a mediating element, the connection between the earth and the sky . A body work based on Release and Alexander technique, as well as a contemporary language of movement and a floor work method that has been developed over years, with a focus on relaxation and coordination between breathing and dynamics of movement. The impulse to move comes from the center, the source from which all energies flow. Through the conscious use of muscular relaxation, the body can raise without exertion, it can release and flow inner energies in order to create an „economics” of the body that strengthens the performers expression, brings the quality/dynamics of their movements into focus and aggravates their inner musicality.
There are no “recipes” for choreographing. Even though a personal signature is being developed over time, each piece remains a new challenge. Approaching various subjects from different angles results in the search for an „original“ movement language in correspondence to the subject, in the search for adequate compositional means needed to develop an inner logic of composition, the dramaturgically important inner „threads“, as well as, to convey own ideas and visions, to give „worlds“ to others and to communicate selves nonverbally. The focus is on the contemporary dance, dance as an expression, as non-verbal communication and reflection of our era, our here and now…
Toula Limnaios was born in Greece in 1963. After completing her studies in classical and modern dance, M. Alexander and Laban technique, music and dance education in Brussels, she worked as a dancer with Claudio Bernardo and Régine Chopinot, and as an assistant with Pierre Droulers. Limnaios received further education at the Folkwagen University, where she soon became a member of a Folkwang Dance Studio under the artistic direction of Pina Bausch. Limnaios made her name by performing live- improvisations of the Duo Landscapes, she founded together with the musicians Conny Bauer and Peter Kowald. In 1996 she founded cie. toula limnaios, a contemporary dance company that brought her choreographic art onto the stages worldwide. Apart from managing her ensemble, Limnaios works as a guest choreographer at the Theater Osnabruueck and the Frankfurt University of Performing Arts. Between 2007 and 2008 she was a guest professor at the „Ernst Busch“ Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin.
The cie. toula limnaios was founded in 1996 by the choreographer Toula Limnaios and the composer Ralf R. Ollertz. Thanks to the lean, but highly effective structure and international co-productions, the company, which has been institutionally supported since 2014, continuously ensures the high quality of its ensemble work and belongs nowadays to one of the most successful dance companies in Germany. It tours worldwide as a German Dance Ambassador of the Goethe Institute and the Federal Foreign Office. The choreographic method of the company strives for an imbuement of movement in order to make a personal and emotional core glow. The cie. toula limanios presents dance, which keenly, critically and bravely takes a stand for mankind, made by and for humans.
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