25th January – 2nd April 2010
On his 50th birthday, David Zambrano started his first Sabbatical year ever, taking a break from his usual traveling, teaching, and performing worldwide to do a series of dance projects unique to anything he has ever done before.
This year started with passing on what he has developed so far. In a workshop facilitated by 8Reales, a dance organization in Costa Rica, Zambrano taught Flying Low and Passing Through from the 25th January to the 2th April, 2010. This ten-week workshop was the longest consecutive period of time that Zambrano has ever spent on teaching his techniques in one place.
The group of 35 professional dancers was selected from all over the globe, from those Zambrano had already taught or worked with as well as applicants he had never worked with before and were then joined by 15 other great dancers from Costa Rica.
At the end of the 50-day intensive, each student received a letter of certification by Zambrano approving them to use Flying Low and Passing Through however they would like to develop it further.
Zambrano’s goal in the extended workshop is that a level of comprehension of and adeptness in the techniques is reached that allows the participants not just to teach Passing Through and Flying Low, but to be able to use, reform, and adapt the principles of the techniques towards their own interests and artistic directions, appropriating the work to a new generation of movers.
The intensive culminated in two public performances of Passing Through in CENAC and Teatro Nacional de la Danza in San José (CR).
About David Zambrano
For over 20 years, David Zambrano has been a monumental figure in the international dance community, and his passion for cultural exchange continues to influence his work. Living and making work in Amsterdam and teaching/performing internationally, Zambrano is an ambassador and liaison across many borders, bringing together artists from all over the planet for his projects. An inspiring teacher, thrilling performer, and innovative choreographer, Zambrano has contributed generously to the field of dance in ways that have influenced many and impacted the dance world from several angles. His development of the “Flying Low” and “Passing Through” techniques are among his recent innovations that have helped to lead improvisational dance into an exciting future. Many of his projects have continuously influenced Zambrano’s pedagogic methods, keeping them fresh and interesting for the students from around the globe.