// INVESTIGATIVE MOVEMENT PRACTICES (IMP) //
IMP classes and workshops are taught by leading movement practitioners and reflect current developments in the field of contemporary dance. Each series takes a multi-faceted approach that integrates technique and creative process.
INVESTIGATIVE MOVEMENT PRACTICES (IMP) SERIES
Velocity Kawasaki Studio 1621 12th Ave
$15 Drop-in / $12 MVP
Buy a full class series for just $60 for 6 weeks ($10/class)
LOUIS GERVAIS: Transform Your Life Stories Into Dances
SEPT 7 – SEPT 28 / WEDS 6-7:45PM
REGISTER $40 (FULL SERIES) / $15 Drop-in / $12 MVP
Explore the inspiring intersection of dance and storytelling with performance artist Louis Gervais. Whether this is the first time you’ve dared speak or you are ravaging the Seattle theatre world, this workshop will ignite your ability to create highly personal performance pieces that are both intimate and poetic. Leave this four-week workshop well on your way to a new work of art and some great new tools with which to express your life stories in performance. Bring a notebook! And your stories!
Choreographer LOUIS GERVAIS has been combining text and dance for decades. His solo shows light up with sparks of hilarity and metaphoric depth. His shapeshifter (2014) was a big hit and he is currently creating a new evening of danced stories tentatively titled Les Orgasmes! Louis is an international performing artist and choreographer. His stage work with Compagnie Marie Chouinard of Montreal continues to push him to explore the scary edges of life on stage. Louis received his MFA in Dance from the UW in 2009.
GENDER TENDER : between you and me
OCT 5 – NOV 9 / WEDS 6-7:45PM
REGISTER $60 (FULL SERIES) / $15 Drop-in / $12 MVP
We will investigate the transitional spaces and places in our bodies and minds as rich territory full of possibilities for making dances and taking performative chances. Using the the idea of pairs and polar opposites as a place to start we will explore our unique physical and emotional relationships with each other, the in between and the constantly in flux.
Each class will include a warm up, partnering and solo work as well as ensemble work. Influences include Fluxus, drag, method acting, post-modern and jazz dance techniques, contact improvisation and more. We will investigate using improvised and devised material.
This class is for all levels and offers a challenging and supportive environment for all that are interested. Dress comfortably, you might want a notebook, come ready to move and have fun!
SYNIVA WHITNEY (choreographer, lead performer, collaborator) and WILL COURTNEY (lead performer, collaborator) are the duo behind Gender Tender, a performance project that centers transgender, non-binary and multiracial points of view in a process that combines dance and acting techniques, cinematic devices and visual art practices. They’ve shown work in duet and ensemble mode in Seattle at Velocity Dance Center, On the Boards, the Seattle International Dance Festival, Yellow Fish Epic Durational Performance Festival, Gay City Arts, Studio Current and more and have performed in Minneapolis produced by 20% Theatre Co. Twin Cities, 9×22 Dance Lab, Patrick’s Cabaret and Pleasure Rebel, and at Future Interstates curated by HIJACK. They have worked as performers and collaborators with Aniccha Arts (MPLS) and Vanessa DeWolf (SEA) and have had their short films screened nationally as a part of Malic Amalya’s project Infrared: New Visions from the Queer Underground. They have also experimented with co-writing and most recently were invited by the Walker Art Center to respond to the 2016 Out There performance art festival . Syniva holds an MFA in studio art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has exhibited their visual art nationally. Syniva has also performed with Maureen Whiting Dance Co, kt shores and Paris Hurley (all SEA) and has studied performance and dance with BeBe Miller, Kris Wheeler, Vanessa DeWolf and Stephanie Skura. Will and Syniva met at Shakespeare camp as teenagers and have been a collaborative in love and work for over a decade. See them take on the reSET challenge at Washington Ensemble Theatre October 13-14 2016.
PETRA ZANKI: MYTH, DANCE, AND PLANT SCIENCE
NOV 16 – DEC 21 / WEDS 6-7:45PM
REGSITER $60 (FULL SERIES) / $15 Drop-in / $12 MVP
The workshop is a crossover between art and science, between dance and plant neurobiology. Inspired by the Pacific Northwest and its green, it will combine dance, secret movement of plants, English 19th century paintings, and shapeshifting myths from around the world.
Very movement research oriented, it will remain in its essence physical, yet will allow dancers to express their individuality and voices through stories, dreams, and myths. Together we’ll work on guided solo, duo, trio, and group propositions, while discovering exciting things we barely knew existed. Some dancers might be considered for a production in 2017. Previous dance training is required. Please bring your favorite notebook, pen, and comfortable dance clothes.
PETRA ZANKI is Seattle based dance and performance maker that among others studied movement with renown choreographers and artists such as Emio Greco, Jonathan Burrows, Patricia Bardi, Goat Island, Deufert&Plischke, and Gob Squad. In 2010 Petra was awarded as best Croatian choreographer at XI. Platform of Young Choreographers. In 2012 she received a two-year choreography scholarship SPAZIO from The ICK- Emio Greco and Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance. Her dance and theatre works were presented on festivals and venues across Europe, in the US, and Australia. In the US she collaborated with Velocity, On The Boards, and PS122.
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