As a dancer, Heidi Vierthaler (Germany) has worked with some of the most prominent companies and choreographers throughout Europe and the US, including The Forsythe Company and The Gothenburg Danskompani. She teaches and creates works for companies, festivals, and universities worldwide, such as Cullberg Ballet, Carte Blanche, Skånes Danstheater Compania Nacional de danza, and Modafe Festival.
“The Summer Intensive period is a wonderful opportunity for the future generation of dancers to work closely with NDT, as well as other teachers and choreographers in the field. It offers a diverse range of training that makes the dancers aware of the importance of versatility in the dance field today. For this edition, I am creating a new work in collaboration with the young participants of the course. I enjoy seeing how they make their own creative choices, based on the improvisational tasks that are given. During the creative process I collaborate with the participants in building the material. Together, we take a look at it, shape it, and then reshape it, bringing in new dynamics. As soon as I start to feel what’s effective, I encourage the dancers to bring themselves into the choreography as well. I want them to feel empowered, to make choices and share their ideas. The movement of this creation is very functional and human. I incorporated a wide range of sensations by exploring the emotional body, spatiality, physical restrictions and simply how one might relate to another individual or group.
One of the strengths of NDT Summer Intensive is that it offers the element of creation. This allows the dancers to share and explore their own ideas, take risks and to collaborate with others. Since there has been a huge shift in the making of work today, in which many choreographers ask for collaboration, I feel it is important to challenge students to create movement in different contexts, explore it, and to adapt it to different movement styles and situations.”