This class is for the dancer, the actor, the physical theater artist, and all performers who value physical creativity. It is for the choreographer and the director exploring methods of composition, blocking, and staging. It is for the composer, the writer, and the visual artist interested in the dynamics of time and space.
It is for everyone who craves a rewarding relationship with physicality that expands their relationship with their body and other bodies, and with images, soul, and reality.
This is a technique class; it incorporates approaches to physical creativity from a wide range of sources. These include the nature-based, choreographic techniques of Alma Hawkins; the surreal, experimental fusion of theatre and dance of Joe Goode; the postmodern, structural experiments of Bill T. Jones; the generative methods of Pina Bausch and Reinhild Hoffmann of the German Tanztheater movement; the improvisational dance approach of the Viewpoints, created by Mary Overlie and adapted by Anne Bogart as a training for actors; the philosophical insights of the preeminent actor and teacher Michael Chekhov; and my many years of improvisation, as a performer and director/choreographer.
No previous level of dance technique or performance experience is required for this class, though you should be in generally good health. The class involves running and walking for extended periods of time; nominal flexibility and joint health is also a plus. Accommodations will be worked out for people with limitations in these areas.
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