Laskarina Fegissa is a certified teacher of Ballet (Vaganova) and contemporary dance (Limon/Release – Graham) for the last 18 years.
An offspring of Greek and Ethiopian roots, she felt the need to reconnect with her african roots and travelled to Ethiopia where she learned traditional dances. The result of this journey was the creation of an Afro-contemporary fusion dance, a fusion of her two worlds.
After attending a dance therapy convention where she experienced an awakening personal journey, she felt an ancestral calling. The need to go further back in her roots found a home in Primitive Expression. Since 2019, when she became a Coordinator/Facilitator of Primitive Expression via Danse-Rythme Pédagogie (DRLST) (France), she has been coordinating classes and workshops of Primitive Expression.
What is Primitive Expression?
Through the pulse of african percussion, primitive expression offers a dance of the ‘Tribe’ , a collective dance of simple symbolic and archetypal movements that help us to become one with the elements of nature, animals and our own primitive instincts. Through rhythm that is registered in our cells, we will reconnect with the passage of the human race from the early tribes to modern civilization. We will remember again how to express ourselves, let go of our stress and anxiety and communicate with others, using our body, our inner pulse and our voice. We will allow ourselves to walk the path of our personal ecstasy.
The workshop begins with the warming up of our bodies and our voices.
Using live percussion music we will connect with the vital rhythms of humans- the rhythm of swaying a baby in the arms of a mother and the rhythm of our hearts.
Through playing we will salute our fellow tribesmen and revive the sense of community.
Primitive Expression is a celebration of humanity and nature. At the end of the workshop we will perform a small repetitive dance phrase where “walking” side by side with the percussionist we will immerse ourselves in an ecstatic dance experience.