Dorka FarkasI was born in Hungary, Szolnok, next to the theatre. My mum was a kinder-garden teacher, my dad was a scene-painter at the theatre.

I have been watching performances ever since I can remember. I studied in a primary school which offered daily PE and sports, so movement has become as natural a part of my life as breathing is. During secondary school, the paths of theatre and movement met, and I started to watch, study and make movement-theatre and dance.Later, I studied Yoga instruction at the Buddhist College in Budapest and was a member of the alternative theatre, Arvisura. I discovered improvisation and contact-improvisation in 2000, and I am still passionate about both. Among the brilliant Hungarian and foreigner teachers I met, it was my back problem, that taught me a lot about listening to one’s body and mind, and accepting the present moment.

Moving to Belgium in 2001, I started to give private movement classes for adults. My son was born a year later, and I got fascinated about the amazing world of children, and became more interested in teaching them. In 2006, I went to Finland, to learn how to teach creative dance as part of a degree programme. This one year course focused on somatic methods, movement exploration, and community dance. Since then I have taught movement to children, and body-awareness to blind youngsters. When I moved back to Brussels from Finland, I regularly met dancers and circus artists for laboratory work on real-time composition, and movement exploration. My daughter was born in 2008, and we moved to Transylvania to learn other things about nature’s ‘dance’ at the foot of the mountains. I believe that dance is more, than most people think, and that anyone can discover the joy of creative movement. In my work, senses and vision are often in focus. I am interested in asking good questions rather than having answers.

I moved back to Hungary in 2011. As a member of the quartet TetraEther I teach and perform contact-improvisation and improvisation. I recently joined the asociation’Artman’ and as a part of this work I co-teach movement awareness for visually impaired people, and I am being part of a teachers’ teams in a training program organized for future movement group leaders – specialized on handicapped people. I started working with the Ensamble Tanceania in 2012. I am also involved in multidisciplinary art projects, where music, movement, visual arts can nourish each other and the artists/participants.