Martin Hansen is an Australian dance artist working between Melbourne and Germany. Martin undertook his initial study at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary and Tertiary Institutions, after which he worked independently in Melbourne with Chunky Move (Not Yet Its Difficult and Hydra Poesis). Martin began working between Berlin and Melbourne from 2008. In Europe, Martin collaborated with Tino Sehgal on T‘ between 2011 and 2014, working from the developmental stages to presentation at Documenta13 and most recently in Athens. Martin has collaborated with Christoph Winkler, Sebastian Matthias, Jeremy Wade, Ehud Darash, Ibrahim Qurashi and others as a performer, touring throughout the world. For ‘Baader – Choreografie Einer Radikalisierung’ Martin was named Dancer of the Year 2012 by Tanz Magazin and the highlight of the 2012 Tanzplattform by the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Martin is a 2014 graduate from the HZT Berlin. His two most recent works have been invited for presentation at PACT Choreographic Centre Essen, Tanznacht Berlin, SemperOper Dresden, HetVeem Theatre Amsterdam and Pathos Theatre Munich. Martin was a danceweb scholar in 2013 and is the current Research Housemate at Dancehouse.
Class with Martin
My class will consist of a thorough warm up followed by a series of guided (mini) durational physical practices that aim to support and compliment a dancers existing physical and choreographic practice. I will then move onto either improvisation based exercises or phrase work that incorporates my current interests as a maker. I try to formulate a class experience that does not impose notions of what ‘should be’ or an ‘ideal’ physical form that one should strive towards but rather I am to facilitate a situation whereby dance, growth, surprise and joy may arise in ways that cannot be directly pre-determined.