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immediate dances

immediate dances with Heather Kravas
Saturdays / 11:00 AM – 1:00PM

immediate dances with Heather Kravas
Saturdays / 11:00 AM – 1:00PM

Dear dancer(s),

I am always curious to reconsider what a dance is: An old woman chopping wood. Squirrels chasing one another around telephone poles. A discarded shopping list. Ballets composed solely of tendus. I love excessively warming up the body in preparation for seemingly minimal activity. I used to love shaking my hair but now I love shoulder shimmies. I think home administration is a fantastic way to consider composition. I love the ways that people come together to make beautiful and messed up stuff together – for and with and because of one another!

For this class we will warm our bodies utilizing a variety of somatic practices and investigations, none of which I claim to be expert in but all of which have nourished me and my old, tired bones, muscle, skin.
Then we will dance in our spaces, wherever they are (mine is small! and sometimes filled with small humans!) – we will dance for our plants and pots and pets – and we will also dance for one another. We will make dances that some might call improvisation but I will propose calling immediate. I want to make necessary, embodied, weird, beautiful, precise, sweaty, huge, tiny and chaotic dances for and with and because of one other!

This experiment is open to all levels of experience and technical background. It is meant to be a meditation for us, albeit one that might be noisy or unusual. For our final two weeks – weather and distancing guidelines willing – meetings will take place at a to-be-determined location.

Love,
Heather (she/her)

ABOUT THE ARTIST

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Heather Kravas

Heather Kravas (she/her) is a choreographer and performing artist. Since 1995, she has investigated choreographic, improvisation, and collaborative practices in contemporary dance to explore the limits of choreography as a form and her abilities as an artist. Combining recognizable traditions, tasks, and somatic exercises, her dances grapple with structural idealism and uncontainable emotions. In a renunciation of the spectacular, she strives to illuminate actions such as labor, listening, concentration, failure, and presence. Kravas grew up in Pullman, Washington, where, under the tutelage of Deirdre Wilson, she studied classical ballet and the experimental theater theories of Jerzy Grotowski. Significant to her understanding of dance as a relevant and complex form are the many artists/teachers/colleagues she has been privileged to work with/for: Antonija Livingstone, DD Dorvillier, Dayna Hanson, Stephanie Skura, Marina Abramović, Okkyung Lee, Yvonne Meier, among many. Her choreography has been presented at venues including American Realness, Base, Chez Bushwick, The Chocolate Factory, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project at St.Markʼs Church, Fusebox Festival, The Kitchen, Movement Research at Judson Church, On the Boards, Performance Space 122, Tonic, and Velocity Dance Center, as well as internationally. Heather currently lives in Seattle, Washington with her family.

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