About Jana

Jana Bitterova is a dance artist, improviser, creative movement facilitator and shiatsu practitioner. Originally from Prague, she is currentely living in Cornwall and working within a Traineeship at the Dance department of Falmouth University . She completed her Master degree in Pedagogy of Contemporary Dance at Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava in Slovakia, where she studied in conducting under ones of the main personalities and funders of Slovak contemporary dance Anka Sedlačková (also Body-Mind Centering Practitioner) and Marta Poláková (also Laban Movement Analyst). Her professional interest in movement expression led her firstly to study Dance Research at Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, making her BA based on theoretical analyses and dance history. She continued her education focusing more on exploration of the moving body and somatic techniques, being a student of Milan Kozánek and Zuna Kozánková (Artyci Dance Company and www.shiatsu-terapie.sk) Subsequently she started to work internationally both in dance and other art forms, being a member of the Educational Department of Museum of Contemporary Art Mu-ZEE in Oostende (BE) and then she became an assistant in choreographic centre T.E.E.M. (FR). Meanwhile, she had an opportunity to meet in studios of such personalities of postmodern dance and improvisation such as Nancy Stark Smith, Lisa Nelson, Daniel Lepkoff, Ruth Zaporah, Julyen Hamilton, Frey Faust and others. Their propositions are important sources of inspiration for her work. One of her main interest lies in Contact improvisation, being a funder of Bratislava Contact improvisation and facilitating weekly Jams and now organising Wednesday Contact Improvisation Jams at Falmouth University. She enjoys connecting artistic work and introducing dance to people of all levels of experience; she led creative movement workshops for a range of participants from children (e.g. projects in primary schools) to people of an older generation.

Workshops on the Road

From November 2016 Jana is working and living on the road. In winter she delivers workshops in Spain and Portugal. Next itinerary through all Europe will be gradually made, contact jana@movementtouch.com to arrange a workshop in your location.

New website of Free Three

Jana is a member of an improvisational trio Free Three (with dancer Kuldip Singh-Barmi and cellist Oak Matthias). Here is a new website of Free Three: www.freethree.net

Wisdom of the Dancing Body in September 2016

New series of workshops: Fridays 16 – 18 pm,
in ZedShed – Jubilee Wharf Penryn.

Three workshops of creative movement and dance with themes:
1. space in movement (16th Sept.)
2. time in movement (23th Sept.)
3. form in movement (30th Sept)

Enrolment till 4th September at jana@movementtouch.com

Price: ‎£26 for series of 3 workshops – please contact Jana for payment.
(drop-in to one workshop is possible in case of spare space, £10 per workshop)

Exploring internal and external landscape

Starting from June 2016.
Saturday afternoons nearby Falmouth.

A creative movement and conscious dance workshop in nature.
We will explore relationship between surrounding landscape and our internal landscape – our body. We will explore shapes, textures, colours, feelings and movements of the surrounding nature and we will transform it into movement expressions. We will observe nature to understand better our own movement. We will enjoy the meeting of the external landscape with our internal landscape in our dance.

I am looking forward to walk, dance & move with you in the fresh air:-)

Workshops in April & May 2016 in Penryn

Workshops Wisdom of the Dancing Body start again from 2nd April.
– You can read more description in the Workshops section. –

2nd April – 7th May 2016
every Saturday 14:30 – 16:30
ZedShed – Jubilee Wharf, Penryn

All levels of experience welcome.
You can join any session.
Price: ‎£10 per session (Students: £5)

Enrollment: write email to jana@movementtouch.com
I am looking forward to seeing you in ZedShed! :-)

Wisdom of the Dancing Body in Penryn – again from April 2016

Jana is not in Cornwall in March 2016.
She is doing project in Havana/Miami www.bridgetoeverywhere.com

Workshops Wisdom of the Dancing Body start again from 2nd April.
See you in April! :-)

every Saturday 14:30 – 16:30
(starting from 9th January 2016)

ZedShed – Jubilee Wharf, Penryn

All levels of experience welcome.
You can join any session.

Price:
‎£10 per session
(Students: £5)

Enrollment: write email to jana@movementtouch.com

I am looking forward to seeing you in ZedShed! :-)

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