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Nora Hajos

Dancer & performer

Nóra studied in-depth with Steve Paxton (the originator of contact improvisation), Lisa Nelson (Tuning score), and Simone Forti (Logomotion). 

She feels, that, studying with Amy and Arny Mindell (process-oriented psychology) since 1999 underlies her way of teaching, motivates her process, and widens her view on performance development and dance. 

Nóra has created and performed her solo improvisations in the USA and Europe. She toured with Simone Forti, dancing Logomotion. She has also performed with Kossuth Prize-awarded composer/pianist Gyorgy Szabados, a Duet Improvisation Performance Series in Hungary. She has collaborated with Steve Paxton, Lisa Nelson, Karen Nelson ,K. J. Holmes, and many others.

Nóra also has been working with a group in Transylvania using Logomotion as a base for performing in various towns & rural locations; produced & directed Las Meninas~Dances under the St. John’s Bridge (Portland OR); internationally toured a duet dance piece with Karen Nelson titled Found; and performed Come Now Go and Soon Go See, a process work inspired dance duet with Craig Baker. 

She has been teaching dance & performance improvisation at various festivals and private workshops, in the USA, South America, and Europe.




Based on the teachings of Steve Paxton:

Material for the spine ~ In 1986, dancer Steve Paxton began examining the spine he had observed in the practice of Contact Improvisation, a duet movement form he had instigated in 1972. The system of MFS is a meditative study of spinal and pelvic movement initiations combining a technical approach with an improvisational process.

This workshop will facilitate Steve Paxton’s “Material for the Spine” by “alloying a technical approach to the process of improvisation.” Paxton’s system for exploring the interior and exterior muscles of the back … “aims to bring consciousness to the dark side of the body, that is, the ‘other’ side or the inside, those sides not much self-seen, and to submit sensations from them to the mind for consideration.”

 These classes give us a focused environment, to practice together :

*focusing on our inner sensations while warming up slowly
*learning and practicing rolling on the floor, in spiral (helix) form, and other forms
*studying undulations ( wavelike movements) in our bodies
*moment to moment awareness tuning
*finding own small dance
*following the spontaneous rise of improvisation in the group.

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