C L A S S Description (contemporary forms + contemporary practice + technique class)
This class is a highly physical, deeply researched and sweaty exploration of our past and present selves: working through, with and against experimental dance lineage and codified modern techniques. Class begins with an improvised warm-up designed to generate heat, strengthen and build stamina in the body. We will work together to re-examine the mechanics of warming up and gather tools to take with us in our dancing practice. Class progresses into set material and phrase work which challenges us to find clarity and ease in movement, delineate and utilize space, allow for pleasure in sensations and play within form, and challenge our individual artistry. We build this class together to be a safe space for research, for questioning, for finding joy and catharsis, and to rigorously explore the meat and marrow of our humanity through movement mechanics.
Class is a space to research dance improvisation, performance techniques, deep embodiment, and the act of tuning our bodies and minds into spontaneous composition. We begin with workshopping principles of performative improvisation and learning of scores, then progress these practices into a more formal Jam setting. The interest and focus is in building sensation, community, imagination, risk, and design within a performative improvisation practice. Some movement experience is suggested but not required; but we do ask that you bring your fullest physical self, your curiosity, and your willingness to explore and practice together.