Fiona Millward in Riga 04 – 08. 02. 2011.

February 4 – 8, 2011, 10:00 – 13:00 every day


Workshop in release technique for professionals by Fiona Millward ( UK )


Price: 30.00 LVL. Free for owners of HA member card.

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Event supported by Culture Capital Foundation in Latvia

Release Technique Class


This extended release technique class will draw on a range of different practices, but most notably elements of the Franklin® Method of Dynamic Alignment, Imagery, and Ball work, which can offer a powerful stimulus for change from habitual patterns. It will also incorporate the performative practice of Deborah Hay to encourage a more present engagement within each moment.

Each class will begin with a particular anatomical focus, either working alone or in pairs, to offer a context of exploration for the rest of the session. The aim is to support each individual in the deepening of their kinesthetic experience within set exercises, in order to facilitate an integrated and functional use of the body when moving. Sequences will then explore the texture of dynamics, detail, clarity, and intention layered with the particularity of the Hay performative practice.


Fiona Millward

Has worked throughout the UK and abroad as a dancer, teacher and choreographer since 1985.

She regularly teaches in the UK and abroad both independently and for the British Council. Her teaching takes place in a variety of settings, from independent classes to companies and institutions, and for a range of participants, from dance artists to actors to non-professionals. She has led classes and workshops throughout the UK, and in US, Switzerland, Estonia, Russia, Bulgaria and Latvia. Since qualifying as a Franklin Method teacher in 2002, she has shared this work in many different contexts.

Her choreographic work has received many awards and commissions over the years, and she has enjoyed collaborative ventures with a variety of artists, in particular Dance Artists Darrell Jones and Olga Zitluhina, Visual Artist Jo Fairfax, Theatre Director Katie Goodwin, and The European Travelling Project. She is also extremely grateful to Olga for not only creating an extraordinary company of dancers, but also allowing Fiona to ‘borrow’ them for occasional projects in England.

From 1999 – 2004 Fiona was Head of Movement at the Oxford School of Drama and from 2001 – 2005 the recipient of a National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts fellowship (NESTA) for her work with the Professional training programme Independent Dance, based at the Siobhan Davies Studios, which she has co-directed alongside Gill Clarke since 1996.