Intensive workshop and performance opportunity for dancers, musicians, actors, performance artists, or movers of any kind, exploring three components of a comprehensive dance experience: training, improvisation, and dance making.

Where: Mark Morris Dance Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA

When: Workshop: June 24 to June 28, 2019 from 1 to 4 pm | Rehearsal & Performance: June 27 & June 28 from 4 to 7 pm

Deadline for applications: June 23, 2019

Teaching Artist: Carmen Caceres
Assistant: Thomas Gunderson Bond
Guest Teachers: Mary Madsen & Sarah Chien

The dance training and technique segment will be focused on developing physical skills. Strength, flexibility, endurance, coordination, and movement mechanics will be addressed through a series of exercises combining the study of shape as well as pathways of energy taking the body through space. This practice will allow participants to access a unique combination of movement languages and styles that will broaden their physical ability as well as their versatility as movement artists.
An improvisation segment will follow, inviting the participants to immerse in a playful experience. This will include theater and movement games, movement explorations, structured dance improvisations, score building exercises, partnering approaches, and open dance. By navigating these activities progressively, participants will gain awareness towards the people they are moving with; they will experience clarity and ease in decision-making scenarios, and will develop a sense of alertness and strong presence in spontaneous situations. They will also integrate the concept of “Yes and!” within the group practice of dance improvisation and enhance their listening skills in dance.
Lastly, a portion of the class will be focused on dance making exercises used primarily in the development of the choreography for DanceAction works. Participants will have the opportunity to discover these composition tools and their practicality by learning excerpts from the DA repertory. These choreographic tools, as well as the improvisation strategies, will be applied in the making of a dance that participants will perform at the culmination of the workshop on June 28.

The Workshop will end with a performance at the Mark Morris Dance Center, Cole Studio, presenting dance works developed by the participants. The event will also feature excerpts of DanceAction’s repertory, including its new project BLINDSPOT. On Thursday June 27, a general rehearsal will be conducted for DanceAction company members and workshop participants performing at the event. All workshop participants attending the entire week of classes will be able to perform in the culminating Studio Showing at the Mark Morris Dance Center, Cole Studio on June 28, 2019 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

*Participants must be 18 years old or older.

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*Participants must be 18 years old or older.

Costs for participants:
Early Bird Registration Workshop Fee U$S 175 (until June 1)
General Workshop Fee U$S 200

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