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Contemporary Experimental Choreography, Masters Thesis Writing Workshop, Department of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University (2008 - 2011)

Advanced Modern Technique Lab, Repertory, Introduction to World Dance, Dance History 1800-present, Maggie Allesee Department of Dance, Wayne State University (2010 - present)

 

Other teaching and workshops include:

 

Visual Arts Center, University of Texas Austin (2013)

Hobart and William Smith Colleges (2013)

Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland (2011)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (2010)

Pieter PerformanceArtSpace, Los Angeles (2010)

CLASSCLASSCLASS, NYC (2010, 2009)

Movement Research Festival, NYC (2008)

Farmlab, Los Angeles (2008)

American Dance Festival (ADF), Duke University, Durham (2007)

Bird School of Music, San Francisco (2006)

 

 

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workshop descriptions:

 

MOVING TEXTURES

 

Felt, styrofoam, astroTurf, gauze, polished steel, sandstone, drift wood, marble, jello, salad, wicker, grass, grapefruit, wool, cotton, powder, asphalt, rubber, satin, skin, blood, coral, plastic, honey comb, coca cola, lip gloss… We make our way through infinite textural qualities, densities and tones everyday. They make their way through us. In this workshop we will invite our bodies to the limits of textural imaginings. How does the body absorb the textured environment, objects, sounds, images? What are the textures of movement? Is texture relational, (im)material… or transitional? We will explore how textures affect and inform qualitative choices in movement and performance. Using bodily sensations, words, and objects found in or brought to the studio we will attempt to carve out textural arches that generate unexpected states for generating movement and can be layered upon improvised or composed dance phrases and vocabularies.

 

I haven’t perceived a texture until I’ve instantaneously hypothesized whether the object I’m perceiving was sedimented, extruded, laminated, granulated, polished, distressed, felted, or fluffed up. ~ Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

 

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Moving from Outside

 

Where is the space for making dance? Is it composed with a floor and empty space for movement? Does it necessarily have a center and periphery? Is it a question of unobstructed pathways? This workshop will ask us to consider the where of our dancing, seeking to align with new potential configurations of space, physically and conceptually mobilizing the space wherein creative processes unfold. This workshop will consider sensory delineations of space and seek to expand, alter and articulate these frequencies. How are spaces always already thick with meaning, memory and materiality? Through active listening, modes of seeing, shifting perspective and investigating the tactile possibilities of surfaces, we'll respond to our environment, propose movement that is always already transforming space, and make dances that bloom out from the outside.

 

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dancing Body/Site

 

dancing Body/Site is a class that works to generate movement experience, vocabulary and choreography from information found within and through interactions with space, architecture and décor. Architectural site is considered in relation to memory, function, scale, surface and perception. We will trace various paths of logic housed in found structures (as site, body, pathway), consider moments wherein respective rationales deviate or shift in the event of the dance, and experience dance that takes on new possibilities as a conversation with the site. dancing Body/Site is a class that investigates the (in)compatibilities between body and structure, movement and spatial construct. We will begin by looking at theoretical discourses assessing interactions between body and site, drafting lines of influence and mutual relation, and then move into the frame of dance-making, improvisation and performance. Expanding upon the role of venue to become one of site, spatial specificity/sensitivity and the particular architecture of place, we will consider social, historical, political dimensions of the body and self in a marked space, locating subsequent and present intersections.

 

 

 





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