Contemporary for professionals

mit Sebastian Abarbanell

Contemporary for professionals


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In my practice I am interested in the intersection between structure and freedom. By breaking down the body into its layers of skin, flesh and bone we can build a foundational awareness of our bodies which allows for a growing sense of possibilities within our physicality. Feeding structured movement exercises into guided and improvisational explorations aims to build strength from the core into the edges, challenging and expanding our familiar limits.
This physical focus is paired with the activation and stimulation of all senses through imagery and listening to various forces and sources of information in the space (from the movement of other dancers to the accompanying music and beyond).
The class builds up to a place where we can operate our bodies and minds between activation and surrender, control and letting go to both, empower and expand our roam of possibilities.
Some of which can be captured and explored in set movement material or communal improvisational ideas with the purpose of continuously inviting freedom of choice and an individual physical experience while giving into and utilizing external as well as internal forces.
My practice draws inspiration from Sidra Bell’s methodology, Gaga, Dose of Pleasure by Alvin Collantes, Dance Church® and my personal choreographic work among others.

Sebastian Abarbanell
(he/they) is a dance artist, performer, teacher and award-winning choreographer based in Berlin. After graduating from Trinity Laban in London in 2015, he spent 4 years in New York City where he collaborated and performed with a variety of artists and companies including Sidra Bell Dance New York, Gallim Dance and BIRDHOUSE.
Sebastian has presented his work at international festivals across Europe, USA, Canada and Mexico and received awards such as 1st Prize and Audience Prize at Tanztheater Festival Erfurt, the Residency Award at Solo-Tanz-Theater Festival Stuttgart and the Emerging Choreographer Award at SoloDuo Festival in Cologne. In 2021 Sebastian celebrated two World Premieres. His commissioned work at Theater Pforzheim premiered online from July 24 - August 15 and his solo production ‘HOME’ at Uferstudios Berlin from August 12-14.
Currently Sebastian works as a freelance dancer and choreographer and is a member of Kianí Del Valle’s KDV Dance Ensemble and Sasha Waltz & Guests.

Photo: Sara Herrlander Photography