Countertechnique intensive with Nina Wollny and Angie Lau

Vilnius, May 16-20, 2011 Nina_Wollny


Countertechnique is a movement system Anouk van Dijk developed during her 20-year career as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. Instead of creating a static balance, one uses three-dimensional directions and counter directions to create a highly dynamic balance, to permit a wider range of movements and to engage effectively in multidirectional situations. The method focuses on both mental and physical aspects of dancing and strives to increase an overall awareness on the different levels that operate while dancing.

With this heightened sense of awareness the dancer is able to make conscious decisions in training, rehearsal and performance. Since Countertechnique enhances re-defining directions constantly, the focus during training goes to processing instead of end gaining, and one becomes less concerned with judging oneself, but is more engaged with dancing in a mentally and physically healthier manner.

For more information about Countertechnique check anoukvandijk dc

TECHNIQUE CLASSES: Countertechnique with Nina Wollny

The Countertechnique class stretches, co-ordinates, strengthens the body, you sweat and MOVE. The class works towards big movement combinations and in a later state also jumping. 


WORKSHOP: Countertechnique Practical Tools with Angie Lau 

CT Practical tool workshop is for dancers who want to investigate and add on to their "dancing tools", and for those who want to deepen their knowledge and experience in Countertechnique outside the structure of a technique movement class. It will be a Laboratory in which basic underlying principles of the technique will be explored more extensively through games, awareness exercises, and discussions, and will allow time to apply them in improvisation, repertory, or own made material. 


To let your first contact with Countertechnique be of a lasting experience, we suggest taking the technique class in combination with the workshop.  Engaging in the CT from two different angles will bring a deeper understanding of the technique, will enable you to experience this approach to movement physically, as well as theoretically, and will help you to apply it in your dancing.


YOGA:  moving from within with Angie Lau

Yoga can instead of adding more layers to our busy life, peal them down to our essential sheet, and can give us a place to regain energy, while stimulating an awareness which calmly nourishes our body and mind.

This class will be a gentle closure of the energetic day, and will address connecting principles which were explored in the previous movement classes from a yoga perspective. A main focus will be around the spine and its integration into asanas (postures), to uncover and become aware of unsound practice or movement habits which within time can harm the spine. Healthy structural integration of the entire body is sometimes overruled by an unconscious conformity we follow, without referring back to our inner reference system. By turning to our inner guidance and our breath, we will practice from within different energetic and restorative asanas which strengthen, twist, open up, and recuperate the body in a responsible way. 

This class is open to everyone. No background in Yoga or dance is necessary.


During her teens in Germany Nina Wollny followed an intensive ballet education. In the Netherlands she continued her studies at the Rotterdam Dance Academy where she changed her focus to modern and contemporary dance. After her graduation in 2002 she joined the company anoukvandijk dc. She has starred in almost all of the company's performances. Currently she is one of the performers of Trust and Protect me, the two latest collaborations of Anouk van Dijk and Falk Richter at the Schaubühne Berlin. Besides that she is involved in the company as repetitor and artistic assistant of Anouk van Dijk. Since 2004 she is a passionate teacher of the Countertechnique and has taught at international festivals, schools and companies like the American Dance Festival in the United States, Tseh Summer School in Russia, Kuopio Dance Festival in Finland, Henny Jurriens Foundation Amsterdam, ArtEz school of dance Arnhem, Centre for Contemporary Dance / Cologne University of Music and Dance, Codarts Rotterdam and Dansgroep Amsterdam. As one of the main teachers Nina Wollny has continuously contributed to development of Countertechnique.

Angie Lau studied dance in various schools and countries, amongst them the Rotterdam Danceacademie (Codarts) and P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels. Next to working with anoukvandijk dc since 2005, she has been collaborating with dance makers and artists internationally and has performed her own work in Switzerland, Holland, Germany, and France. Angie has been teaching Countertechnique in Codarts Rotterdam, the Theaterschool of Amsterdam, and for open-professional classes in Holland, Germany, and in the States.

Angie is also a certified Yoga teacher. She has started her yogic path with 14 and has been hooked to Yoga since. She has strong background in Iyengar Yoga, which teacher training she finished after many years of constant study. Last year Yoga took her all the way to NZ to study with Donna Farhi, a very well known prestigious Senior Yoga teacher and writer, who had a great influence on Angie's understanding of Yoga and teaching methodologies. The classes will not just include Angie's Yoga background, but also her gained experiences as a professional dancer, dance teacher, as well as a somatic body-work practitioner. 



May 16-20, Monday-Friday, Vilnius, Arts Printing House studio III (Siltadarzio str. 6)

10:30-12:00 Countertechnique A level

12:15-14:15 Workshop A level

14:30-16:00 Countertechnique B level

16:15-17:45 Yoga  open level


A level - professional and advanced dancers.

B level - intermediate dancers, having contemporary dance experience of two or more years.



Countertechnique or yoga (5 classes) - 120 Lt (~35€)

Countertechnique and Workshop (10 classes) - 250 Lt (~72€)

Countertechnique and Workshop and Yoga (15 classes) - 350 Lt(~101€)

Single technique or yoga class - 30 Lt (~8€) - only if places are available!


Number of participants is limited so please register in advance by e-mail Šis el.pašto adresas yra apsaugotas nuo Spam'o, jums reikia įjungti Javaskriptą, kad matytumėte tai Please indicate which classes and at what level you wish to attend and attach a short description of your dance experience. Organizers reserve a right to offer another level if the experience is not sufficient.

For more information contact us by e-mail Šis el.pašto adresas yra apsaugotas nuo Spam'o, jums reikia įjungti Javaskriptą, kad matytumėte tai and phone +370 675 90206.