VEGA ( Katri Luukkonen)
I am dancer, dance-teacher, performance-artist and bodyworker made in Finland, but currently based in Berlin, India, and nomadic temporary moments in time and space. From the formal side of my life I have studied in Finland - in Theatre Academy of Finland (TEAK) and Metropolia AMK, graduated from TEAK 2008 as dance- and theatre-teacher (MA). Though - I guess my dearest high-school and university in dance and contact-improvisation has been finnish contact community, where I have learned so much, by sharing the dance and rolling point with the other spiralling beautiful finns...
About 15 years I have been teaching contact and dance all around the world, on many internationally acknowledged festivals and retreats, and especially recent years more focused on organising my own workshops, events and festivals. I am one of the organisers of Goa Contact Festival since 10 years, and that has become big part of my life - to live in India, to create platforms and possibilities for cultural exchange, dance and learning - throughout the whole season in Arambol, as I have spent my last 14 winters in India.
Contact Improvisation has been part of my life more than 20 years, so - many kind of chapters I have gone through. More and more I look for lightness and grace in my dance - in the sense of organic, fluid, effortless and integrated movement. I love to find ease and effortlessness in my dance, like water would do. Breath plays as well big part in my dancing, brings me naturally into moments of momentum, falling, flying, suspension, swinging, accelerating and bouncing. Other precious topic for me is the spine, never ending story with our head & tail, and the whole dialogue between them. Life-energy flowing through our spiralling, reaching, twisting spines.
My dance is drawing inspirations from aikido and capoeira - loving all these spirals up & down, and deep understanding about the role of the center in our movement. Developmental movement patterns and flying low for all the lovely floor rolling-sliding-gliding-fun. Bodywork & massage for softening, surrendering and meeting. Listening our whispering fascias. Spicing up the soup with meditation and authentic movement, to look from inside out - to connect with our emotions, intuition and felt sensations.
For me dance is always combination of technique and intuition. Form and freedom. Being and doing. I try to find ways to explore and teach technique by understanding the underlying principles of movement, so that we can stay connected to our dance and expression, and learn in the spirit of exploration. Where our curiosity can stay alive, and we can always find new details on the way.
I am world-citizen with a home base in Berlin.
My practice includes Acro Yoga, Handstands and Yoga. Movement and connections in many forms. Bodywork and Body exploration.
My life was always driven by movement and dynamics, guided by intuition. Ever since, I have been curious about exploring many forms, stepping out of the concept and being free from any restraints.
The world is our playground and life is a wonderful art, each moment.
Let’s fall into movement because as we move, we feel and as we feel, we experience the inner and outer movement of our bodies and mind.
A playful connection between acrobatics, yoga and the healing arts of therapeutics.
Acro Yoga is an invitation from the circus of every day life into the circus of lightness and feeling alive for me.
Explore motion and momentum in different forms. Learn more about balancing by flying or letting somebody fly. Trust and unfold. This is a journey of pure connection with yourself, others and the community.
Art's expressive teaching style ranges from creatively infused, jovially energizing flows to; Deeply penetrating trauma releasing practices.
Students are given the opportunity and encouraged to engage in a deep conversation with their body, opening up to the rhythms of their natural movement while embracing integrative self healing.
Art shares his practice internationally; teaching classes, leading workshops, intensive training's and spreading heart felt healing.
opening up students and participants to reach their true potential and embark on an experiential journey within themselves. "When you learn to love and experience all of yourself, then you have the understanding to get to the truth of who you really are. revolutionize your practice, recondition your life.