The Academy’s first invited teacher graduated with honors from the Paris Conservatory, danced at the Opéra Garnier, has performed on stages all over the world, from Morocco and Japan to Germany and the USA, and teaches top dancers from major national companies in South Africa, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Israel, Scotland, Tahiti, Taiwan.
At our invitation, Lucas spends the whole month of October with the students of the Academy, to whom he proposes a workshop based on the most precise awareness of the body and its dynamics in space.
My teaching approach is based on the Jooss-Leeder method, developed by Hans Züllig and Jean Cébron, with a contemporary barre at the barre followed by a middle.
The precise consciousness of one’s body in space and its dynamics are the ground of this approach. The technical work at the barre allows the upper side of the body and the arms to flow by being well aware of the weight, the swing, the possible oppositions and dissociations. The center of the body is in the continuity of the barre. This technique uses both the movement quality and sensations, the objective being to master sensations for a better precision and understanding of movement.Lucas Viallefond