International Creative Residency | January 21 – February 5, 2006
Countertechnique Documentation & STAU
The residency provided a unique opportunity for Anouk van Dijk and her company to begin its formal recording of van Dijk’s movement system, Countertechnique. Countertechnique is a movement system that is in direct opposition to the existing opinion that the pelvis, being the heaviest bone in the body, is the center of all movement. In the Countertechnique the dancers never hold a position from the pelvis by muscle power, but keep their balance by continually giving counter-direction to each movement. The residency was the first step in the formal documentation and publication of the system. While in residence the company also performed the Southeastern premiere of STAU, which blurs the line between audience and performer.
STAU was made possible with support from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the National Dance Project, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts.
In 2011, the first formal documentation of Countertechnique was released through DANCE TECHNIQUES 2010 TANZPLAN GERMANY (Diehl and Lampert 2011).