Winter MELT 2012, Jan 2-20. Register Now!

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Don’t miss workshops with Juliette Mapp, Irene Dowd, Trajal Harrell, Chris Aiken, Keith Hennessy, DD Dorvillier, Yvonne Meier, Shelley Senter, and Miguel Gutierrez

Chris Aiken by Chris Randall

Winter MELT 2012
January 2-20, 2011
All workshops are held at Movement
Research at Eden’s Expressway:
537 Broadway
(between Prince and Spring Streets)

Photo: Chris Aiken by Chris Randall

week one: january 2-6

Juliette Mapp
10am-12pm $115

Using the luxury of five continuous days of dancing together, we will take the time to investigate different states of awareness. Each class will be three-fold, beginning with a guided improvisation to inspire the imagination to expand into the unique life of different parts of the body, followed by dancing within technical forms to support our range and work as dancers, and concluding with a phrase that integrates concepts of weight, lightness, initiation and intention. The technical forms and phrase will be specifically structured to build our knowledge of individual physical patterns that may be blocking us from deepening the use of ourselves as artists. In the process of learning a phrase, we can observe how we retain “set” material. The merging of the unconscious life of movement through improvisation and conscious attention to the physical imagination is part of the energizing practice we will explore in each class.

Irene Dowd
1-3pm $115

Learn a warm-up choreography designed to enhance visual focus, hand-eye coordination, articulation of hands and feet, freedom of the spine, and the dancer’s own phrasing. In addition this sequence can be used as a physical and mental preparation for performance.

Trajal Harrell
3:30-6pm $130
There Are No Stepbrothers in Dance

I think the statement “there are no stepbrothers in dance” is a paraphrase of something Balanchine said. His point was that one could only say so much in a dance, and yet what a dance can convey is particular and specific to the medium. In this workshop, we will look at the limitations and strengths of the medium in order to become more exact in our choreographic choices and in order to elicit more clarity from the contexts of meaning we create. Bring 3-10 minutes of a complete choreographic work to be presented live – either as a solo performer or with performers. We will also work on developing some specific tools through compositional exercises. Be prepared to also read, talk, debate, listen, and imagine aloud.


photo: Shelley Senter by Margaret Paek

week two: january 9-13

Chris Aiken
10am-12pm $115
An Eco-poetic Approach to Dance Improvisation and Performance

In this movement workshop we will explore awareness and intention through the development of perceptual acuity in relationship to our inner and outer landscapes. We will examine the delicate relationships between our poetic imagination and our sensory systems. The basis of my approach is that composition and performance are ecologically rooted acts. Our imagination grows from where and how we exist. Movement, story, image and gesture are imbedded in the relationships that are evolving all around us. Come ready to dance, perceive, perform and imagine.

Keith Hennessy
1-3pm $115
Improvisation as Potential Shamanism

Five days of contemplative embodiment, intensive breathwork, fake healing, endurance shaking, post-contact, disco and séance, all in the attempt to invigorate improvisation practice for dancers, choreographers, and performance makers. Shamanism, in a general usage, refers to the ritual/spiritual practices of working with forces and energies, unseen and poetic, of transforming space and time to shift meaning and perspective, of communicating with the dead or not-human. Contemporary improvisation and performance practices often engage the same intentions. Let’s dance in the borderlands of anti-systemic knowledge, magic, real and fiction, contagion and exchange, and various states of presence. Dance class is a ritual, potentially.

DD Dorvillier
3:30- 6pm $130
Touch Move Talk Write: open studio practices

This workshop focuses on generating new practices through touching, moving, talking, and writing. We will shape each practice with simple rules and apply different sequences and durations, giving equal time to all four aspects. By pushing the notion of practice to extremes, one begins to understand assumptions about style, body, self, technique, unspoken rules, expertise, etc. etc… The aim is to proliferate unexpected results, to try many things quickly, and to foment revolution. Please don’t come without a notebook and a pen.

week three: january 16-20

Yvonne Meier
10am-12pm $115
Improvisational “Scores”

In this workshop we will investigate my improvisational technique, which I call “Scores.” “Scores” are essentially words, containing images, that we will learn to possess our bodies from head to toe. “Scores” can be physical, emotional, psychological or spiritual. Some “Scores” will possess different body parts. Some “Scores,” which I call “no-no scores,” explore socially-unaccepted content. We will allow these “no-no scores” to travel through the subconscious revealing to us our true opinions about them. We will utilize Releasing Technique in the warm ups revealing to us the capability to fill our “empty” bodies with images. Authentic movement, as a warm up, will guide us through powerful qualities.

Shelley Senter
1-3pm $115
technique |tek’nÄ“k|

a way of carrying out a particular task, esp. the execution or performance of an artistic work or a scientific procedure.
• skill or ability in a particular field : he has excellent technique | [in sing. ]
• a skillful or efficient way of doing or achieving something
This class will approach “technique” by redefining notions of strength and virtuosity, valuing subtlety and utilizing mindfulness and self-observation as physical practices. We’ll awaken the brain and the body, learn by expansion rather than concentration, rigorously attend to the present and learn precise, task-oriented, simple and complex movement phrases.

Miguel Gutierrez
3:30-6pm $130

This workshop looks at some of the ways in which Miguel Gutierrez approaches a practice of movement and improvisation in his work. Working from the proposition that dance is a mode of perceptual inquiry and working against the idea of dance as a non-verbal “language,” students will be led through a series of movement explorations that prioritize sensation, non-rational action, and that trigger automatic, unprepared physical response. Some of the questions that guide this workshop are: What does movement “do” and how does it operate as a framework for complicated, nuanced, embodied meaning?

Keith Henessy by Anonymous

Photo: Keith Hennessy by Anonymous.


Individual workshops cost $115-$130.

Registering for full weeks saves you significant amounts of money:
$825 for 3 full weeks (9 workshops, a savings of $255)
$600 for 2 full weeks (6 workshops, a savings of $120)
$310 for 1 full week (3 workshops, a savings of $50)

Payment in full reserves your spot in any workshop or package enrollment. For packages, you may also make a deposit to reserve your spot. Balance of tuition is due no later than December 12, 2011.

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