Afternoon Workshop Descriptions
Taught by Anna Riley-Shepard
Rewilding the Body
January 8 Workshop
Humans seek out “wild” places for many reasons — to “reconnect with nature”, to shed oppressive societal norms, to heal ourselves. But what if the wilderness we seek is our own? Inspired by the environmental rewilding movement (which lets go of traditional “managed” conservation to create conditions for emergent, instinctive & entangled ecosystem restoration processes), Anna’s workshop will explore how rewilding can also start inside us, viscerally, in our bodies. The session, accessible to dancers and non-dancers alike, will follow a guided improvisation format and will be supported by a live DJ set. We will move from a warm-up through movement prompts derived from the four main topics of Anna’s performance project & social practice, Rewilding The Body: 1) unmastering — using exhaustive trance movement to make way for othered forces, 2) decentralization — inviting our bodies’ infinitesimal parts to move with their own agencies and desires, 3) extreme slowness — entering a liminal epoch with no decisions or destinations, and 4) queering — playfully inhabiting, breaking and flowing between identity binaries. After the movement session, we will have time for a conversation about the experience and how we could envision an embodied dialogue with the living world.
No movement experience required; Minimum age 12 (or just should be comfortable encountering topics of identity); There will be loud music at some points :)
Taught by Julian Barnett
Thresholds and Openings
January 9 Workshop
What is a threshold? Where can it take us? In this workshop, which functions as a multi-layered performative and choreographic practice, I'll share methodologies that prioritize modes of perpetuation, juxtaposed by elements of Butoh, that support and heighten attention and intensities. We will explore improvisational practices and materials that push the thresholds of our momentum and intentions This workshop will offer frameworks that liberate materiality existing below the skin’s surface, encourage movement between physical qualities and psychological states, and invoke freedom, imagination, and rebellion. The workshop is open to all levels and experiences.
Open to all experiences, but minimum age level is 14.
Taught by Nicole Dagesse
The Ties that Bind - Contemporary Partnering with bodies and objects
January 10 Workshop
In this workshop, we'll connect to ourselves and each other using concepts of touch, weight sharing, and improvisation. We'll begin with grounding breath work, build to partnering with a ground fabric, work through rolling, floor passes and improvisation, and then allow these connection points to progress into more complex scores of weight sharing, support and release.
All experience levels welcome, should be comfortable exploring partner work or be able to adapt partner prompts if you'd prefer not to engage in touch. Knee pads recommended!
Taught by Jessie Owens and Matt LaRocca
Equal Partners: Collaborations between Dance and Music
January 11 Workshop
Through improvisational explorations and embodied research, participants will be invited into experimentation and discovery— how can dance and music be co-creators? How many ways can music and dance be in relationship with each other? How can they step into each other’s worlds and play across expectations and definitions?
This workshop is open to movers and music-makers at any level of experience. Musicians, please bring your instruments!
Taught by Hanna Satterlee
January 12 Workshop
This workshop seeks to engage the dance community through interaction, collaboration, experimentation and play. The workshop will feature an accessible group movement warm-up, generative writing exercises, and compositional prompts. We will spend time both bringing ourselves through short creative processes, as well as creating and sharing with new collaborators across the group. The goals are: to engage with new people in a playful setting, make short dances without judgement, (informally) perform them with abandonment & to witness one another with robust encouragement. What can we make when we make together? Please bring a journal and pen and any costume pieces that inspire you.
Some dance experience preferred, formal training not necessary. Ages 18 and up.