Professional Class: Heidi Rustgaard
The class starts with simple exercises and improvised tasks to find connections and movement travelling through the body. Building progressively into more dynamic movement sequences, the class allows different focuses and starting points to happen in the body at the same time.
To find new pathways, simple movement patterns and principles are explored working in and out of the floor, with and against gravity, initiating the movement from the floor as well as different body parts. Moving from the minimal and investigatory to more complex and dynamic movement patterns and set structures, the class explores weight, softness, economy and autonomy to find new and more efficient ways of moving.
Heidi has co directed H2DANCE together with Hanna Gillgren since 1999, creating work as a choreographer and designer and performer. Their work sits in between performance and dance and can be characterised as interdisciplinary, often taking a humorous approach to serious subject matters. H2DANCE is currently developing ‘20 Strangers’ working with the audience. ‘20 STRANGERS’ will tour alongside their intergenerational work ‘STAGING AGES’, their Place Prize for dance piece ‘DUET’ and their immersive voice and movement work ‘SAY SOMETHING’.
Heidi has delivered commissions for DanceDigital, North Kent Local Authority Arts Partnership, The Place, The Victoria & Albert and Natural History Museums and several student works including for Trinity Laban, London Metropolitan University and London Contemporary Dance School. In October 2004 she won the Shrinking Cities, reinventing urbanism competition in Germany with the project ‘COW the udder way’ in collaboration with architects what if:projects and Eike Sindlinger, choreographer Susanne Thomas and film maker Paul Cotter.
As a performer Heidi has worked for companies like Duckie, Clod Ensemble and seven sisters group. Heidi teaches regularly in both the UK and Norway and is currently a lecturer in choreography at Trinity Laban.