SMASH #4 three-month program
parallell practice warm-up
Sonja Pregrad & Hana Lee Erdman

This warm-up originates from our personal practice of sharing a space during our choreographic investigations in the past two years. Our proposal is to offer tools for instigating your own individual warm-up in relation to another. We will make use of another person as an embodiment of a context - and towards a situation. How do you ready the body to respond creatively to instructions? What do you need in order to prepare yourself for the next set of conditions? In the warm-up we will be defining ourselves in relation to another person who will, in parallel, be doing the same. We will work and consider this process through doing rather than through analyzing. We will prepare the body - and at the same time our creative awareness for making choices and contributions in respect to choreographic and performative situations.


Hana Lee Erdman is a choreographer and performer based in Berlin. She makes dance and performance emphasizing the production of movement and subjectivity as it relates to choreography and the sculptural image. Hana’s work has been shown at Tanztage, Tanznacht and Ufer Studios in Berlin, as well as at Counterpulse and Kunst-Stoff in San Francisco. She currently tours with Keith Hennessy as a core member of Turbulence (a dance about the economy), andhas worked previously with Shelton Mann (USA), Marysia Stokloska (Pl), Jess Curtiss (USA/De), Half/Machine (Dn), and Smith/Wymore productions (USA). 
Hana has a Masters in Solo/Dance/Authorship from the Hochschulübergreifenden Zentrum Tanz(HZT) (Center for Dance) in Berlin, where she was awarded support from the Frauenförderung (women’s support) initiative at Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK) for her participation in Turbulence.


Sonja Pregrad is an author and performer currently living between Berlin and Zagreb and making a new work ‘A dance in 2043/4’ with Willy Prager, teaching at the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts and the SMASH Berlin program and co-creating an international interactive dance publication/project TASK with TALA Dance Centre. She finished an MA in Solo/Dance/Authorship at Universitaet der Kunste Berlin and has recently worked on ‘Transformability’ by Willy Prager with Willy Prager and Tian Roteweel, ‘Already made theater’ with Nina Kurtela and Igor Koruga and a solo ‘Carnival tent rusts in the evening breeze’, performing at Explore Festival Bucharest, Stamsund International Festival, Tanztage, Platforma HR etc. She has been performing Sanja Ivekovic’s performance 'Practice makes a Master' at MoMA/New York, AdK/Berlin, BAK/Utrecht, PSI /Zagreb and ZKM/Karlsruhe.

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