Michael Jahoda, Terri Shimpan and Maria Naidu

Michael Jahoda is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and mentor. He was born in Schenectady, New York in 1966 and is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands since 1997.
As a young dancer Michael received a scholarship to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York City.
He danced with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, was a Principal Dancer with Jennifer Muller/the Works (NYC), and a featured dancer with Anouk van Dijk (NL) amongst others.
He is an internationally renowned teacher, having taught classes and workshops, and set repertory since 1989 throughout Europe, the USA and in Japan.
In 2001 Michael co-created the Phillip Project, a multi-media artistic collaboration project which has created a unique series of 17 inter-related site-specific multi-media Episodes.
As an independent choreographer he has created works for Boston University, the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten,
Conny Janssen Danst, (NL) and Diverse Space Dance Theater in Austin, Texas where he has an annual Artist in Residence position.
Michael has collaborated on various performance projects including The Refractive Kinoscope with dance film maker Alla Kovgan and Kinodance
Company in Boston, MA, and The Return of the Four Chops with musicians Maarten Ornstein and Tony Overwater. In addition to choreographing he writes his own performance texts and has lent his voice, both live and recorded, to numerous performance projects including Eef van Breen’s Chapman for President.
From 2005-2010 Michael resided in Boston, Massachusetts. While there he was the Guest Artistic Director of the 2008 Gloucester New Arts Festival (MA/USA)
and created the White Box Project, a series of experimental, unscripted performance events, which was nominated for Boston’s Best Dance Troupe in 2009.
Michael is a founding member of IDOCDE, an EU-wide pilot project aimed at facilitating international teaching exchanges, heightening best teaching practices, and developing new forms
of dance teaching documentation. He is currently a core member of BAU, an agency for the sustainment and development of the independent dance and performance makers in Amsterdam.
Under the umbrella of BAU he is co- conducting a research project into the development of new selling Agency for the independent dance and performance makers of Amsterdam.
From 2010-2016 Michael was Rehearsal Director and Assistant to the Choreographer at Conny Janssen Danst in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and mentored the company’s Young Talent
Development Program. Since 2010 he has been Rehearsal Director for LeineRoebana in Amsterdam, where he is currently heading the Didactic and Creative Research Development
Project for the company.

Terri Shipman from San Diego California received her BA in dance at San Diego State University and an MFA at UC Irvine.
Terri started her performing career in San Diego dancing with “Isaacs- McCaleb and Dancers” as well as many various local choreographers including Patricia Sandback
and Dancers. In 1991 she moved to New York and became a member of Ron Brown’s “Evidence” and Jennifer Muller / The Works.”
With The Works, Terri toured eastern US, as well as international. She guest taught at the University of Hawaii, BYU Hawaii, SUNY Brockport NY, and
the Governors Choreography Workshop, Baltimore. Since returning back to San Diego Terri has been teaching dance and yoga full time in a high school and at San Diego City and Mesa
Community College. Terri is an independent choreographer and has produced shows with a group she formed called “Forward to Breath.”

Terri has choreographed over 50 dances for the Colleges she teaches at and her dance company. She has danced and choreographed in collaborative
projects such as Under the Tongue, Orpheus Ascending, Trolley Dances, Celebrate Dance Festival, Body History, San Diego Dance Theaters “Art Fest”, San Diego’s Fringe Festival, and has
been presented by the Sushi advisory board.

Maria Naidu är utbildad på Balettakademien i Göteborg 1983-85 och på Alvin AileyAmerican Dance Center i New York City där hon bodde och verkade i tretton år.
Staden New York och det åtta år långa samarbetet där med koreografen Jennifer Muller har utan tvekan påverkat och influerat hennes förhållande till danskonsten.
Hon är en av få svenska dansare som varit fast anställd i ett danskompani i New York och den enda i Jennifer Muller/THE WORKS hittills.
Maria strävar efter att göra danskonst tillgänglig och åtkomlig för en bred publik utan att göra avkall på konstnärligkvalité.
Konstnärsskapet grundas i en djup passion för danskonst, en stark tillit till dess förmåga att kommunicera gränslöst och genomsyras av nyfikenhet och lust.

Dans och rörelse alltid är huvudingredient men kompleteras ofta med andra konstarter, gärna i samarbete med andra konstnärer. Utmärkande är en mångfald av texturer,
teatrala detaljer och underfundig humor. Frågor som intresserat henne att konstnärligt utforska de senaste åren berör identitet, kulturell/etniskt tillhörighet, kroppsideal och representation.
Marias verk har visats i 14 länder på fem kontinenter. Hon har även arbetat som repetitör för NorrDans i Härnösand (2002) och Carte Blanche i Bergen, Norge (2009-11)
och koreograferat för teater och operaföreställningar (Norrlandsoperan, Vadstenaakademien, Raseborgsoperaförening, Malmö Opera, Malmö Stadsteater, Teater 23,
Teaterhögskolan Malmö, Helsingborgs Stadsteater, Moomsteatern).

Maria undervisar dansare över hela världen i den speciella Muller tekniken sedan 1992 och är en av två pedagoger baserade i Europa som gör det.
Maria var initiativtagare och en av grundarna till kooperativet Rörelsen- Koreografer i Skåne och var bland annat drivande i arbetet med att få till stånd professionella repetitionslokaler i Malmö. Hon har haft uppdrag som viceordförande i Danscentrum, styrelseledamot i Danscentrum Syd och Rörelsen- Koreografer i Skåne.
Hon ingick 2015-18 i Kulturrådets referensgrupp för fria aktörer inom scenkonstområdet, teater,
opera, musikteater, cirkus, performance och övriga uttryck. I April 2018 utpekades hon av Kulturdepartementet till styrelseledamot för Kungliga Operan.

 

Three highly experienced pedagogues in the same week. Michael Jahoda, Terri Shimpan and Maria Naidu will give take turns teaching and guide you to the Muller Polarity technique.This weeks intensive is anchored in Jennifer Muller’s internationally-renowned pedagogy: The Muller Polarity Technique, a highly-developed technique sourced from Eastern philosophy and concepts. Muller is one of the only choreographers of her generation to have developed a personalized technique. Her unique approach is known to increase technical skill, introduce the concept of both freedom and control in movement, transform tension into energy, and prevent injury through the holistic use of the body as a living instrument. TanzPlan Berlin chose Muller Polarity Technique as one of 7 unique contemporary dance techniques for its publication/DVD Tanztechnik 2010.The class is divided into three “parts” and will last for two hours.