DanceAction Summer Workshop & Performance
Dance Training | Improvisation | Dance Making
Workshop: June 24 to June 28, 2019 from 1 to 4pm
Rehearsal & Performance: June 27 & June 28, from 4 to 7pm
Mark Morris Dance Center | Howard Hodgkin Studio | Robert W. Cole Studio
3 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Early Bird Registration EXTENDED!!! $175 through June 21
$200 June 21 to June 24
Teaching Artist: Carmen Caceres
Assistant: Thomas Gunderson Bond
Guest Teachers: Mary Madsen & Sarah Chien
Monday to Friday
1 to 4 pm
This intensive workshop for dancers, musicians, actors, performance artists, or movers of any kind will explore three components of a comprehensive dance experience: training, improvisation, and dance making. 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 Rehearsal & Performance
Thursday & Friday
4 to 7 pm
The Workshop will end with a performance at the Mark Morris Dance Center, 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, Robert W. Cole Studio, on June 28, 2019 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.
Teaching Artists & Guest Artists
We are currently seeking one dancer to join the company for our new project BLINDSPOT, which will be premiered in New York in the fall of 2019. The role requires prior experience in contemporary dance and partnering work, strong musicality, dance improvisation skills, and the ability to work in a collaborative environment.
As part of the audition process we are holding our first Summer Workshop and Performance event from June 24 to June 28, 2019. During the workshop, participants will be introduced to DanceAction's movement philosophy and repertory, and will be considered to become part of the company.
For more information and to apply for the audition click HERE