Contemporary Class With Nejla Yatkin

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Contemporary Class with Nejla Yatkin

Contemporary Class with Nejla Yatkin

Contemporary class


Nejla Yatkin’s class begins with a thorough warm-up focused on
strengthening, lengthening, and preparing the body for an investigation
of movement possibilities. With a weighted approach, we explore
exercises that redirect momentum in and out of the floor and up into the
air. This cultivates a sense of ease that allows for an alert dancer,
conscious of the body's architecture in off-balance, explosive and
suspended three-dimensional situations. We also tackle improvisational
problems often using partnered work in dialogue with set phrase work to
encourage spatially aware intuitive choice-making. At the base of this
class is a joy of movement captured in a final dance that is a complex
play of full-bodied potential through space.

Open to all levels

Choreographer and dancer Nejla Y. Yatkin, is originally from Berlin,
Germany with Turkish roots. Yatkin graduated with a professional concert
dance degree from Die Etage - a Performing Arts College in Berlin,
Germany. She is active as a teacher, performer and choreographer at
national and international festivals. Yatkin has created works for a
range of companies, as well as evening-length and site-specific works
for her own company, and dances for film, theatre and opera. Recent
commissions include Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Washington Ballet,
Darpana Performing Group (India), Baltimore Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson
Dance Ensemble and River North Chicago. Yatkin has received
commissioning and performance awards from Arts International, the
National Performance Network, the NEA, the Kennedy Center, the D.C.
Commission of the Arts and Humanities, The Turkish Cultural Foundation
and the University of Maryland. She is also the recipient of five
awards from the Metro D.C. Dance Awards, including “Outstanding
Individual Performance," "Best Scenic Design," "Best Multi-Media
Performance" and “Best Overall Production in a small venue. Yatkin has
been an Artist in Resident at the University of Notre Dame from 2008 to
2012. The New York Times recently described her as “…a magician, telling
tales and creating worlds with understated images and movement.”

Venue Information:
Links Hall At Constellation
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618

Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary


Links Hall

3111 N. Western Ave. at Constellation
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 281-0824