Jowita Figwer

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Jowita Figwer successfully completed her professional dance training at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden and has since worked with Ingo Reulecke, Christoph Winkler, Reinhild Hoffmann and Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag, among others. Between 2001-2008 she was a member of the Freyer Ensemble under the direction of Achim Freyer. In 2000, she started training in Aikido with Gerhard Walter in Berlin. While working abroad she had the opportunity to undergo further training with other reputable Aikido teachers. 
Instead of joining the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier for a 7-months artist program under the direction of Mathilde Monnier and Xavier le Roy to develop her own choreographic work and to pursue a career as a choreographer, she studied medicine for the medical practitioner certificate, followed by 1 ½ years of studying osteopathy in order to focus on the research area which she found most fascinating: body, movement and awareness. Jowita undertook further training in different bodywork techniques and worked as a body therapist and masseur for some time. After she realized the aspect of perception and mind had no room in the osteopathy training, she decided to leave school and follow her interest in movement and awareness through the training of Aikido. She created the Aikido Principles Movement Class out of her own desire for such a class as a dancer and mover. In addition to Aikido, Jowita is also interested in Klein-Technique, a bodywork technique developed by Susan Klein, to which she was first introduced to in New York City in 2003. Since 2004 she regularly practices Klein-Technique with Hanna Hegenscheidt in Berlin. Jowita’s movement material is influenced, among others, by the dance and movement style, which has evolved in the context of Trisha Brown in New York City. In Aikido she has the 2nd Dan.