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INTERMEDIATE PROGRAM - WEEK 4

Ballet class with Douglas Becker

Dance as a central activation of possibility

I propose ballet class as a collaborative setting where new information and knowledge about the moving body, in relationship to form and history, happen in the moment. Barre and center combinations are constructed to rigorously support the study of technique as studio practice, accentuating somatic awareness and attention to the multiple perspectives of dynamics alongside varied spatial concerns.

We will work on developing an agile relationship between the head, shoulders, arms and legs; considering ballet as art, as a system, and as "changeable architecture". Attention is given to interior mechanics driven by counterpoint. Throughout the class, extensive attentiveness to the musicality of the form gives insight into the various understandings of tempi and interacting rhythms. Combinations and phrase work change depending on both age and desire within the group. We will move, together, to know.
Biography Douglas Becker

Pilates with Chloe Chignell
'Deep Forms' is a movement and body training class. Starting with techniques and exercises from pilates, we blend dance and somatic practice. The class focuses on gaining greater articulation of the body through building specificity and clarity. We will build strength and find release as we work through particular muscle groups and joints with targeted exercises. We will work towards increasing our range of movement by physically understanding the shape of our joints. We focus on the initiation of movement through deeper muscle engagement.
Biography Chloe Chignell

Repertory: Drumming with Sue Yeon Youn
Drumming is based on the music of the minimalist composer Steve Reich. The piece is a complex formal construction using a single basic phrase which is transformed in many ways. In the workshop, I will teach the phrase material and we will explore the principles which were used to construct it. The participants will then make their own transformations of the phrase following the ideas used during the creation. In this way, we will work with retrograde, phase shifts, slow/fast version and partnering all starting from the same basic phrase but resulting in new and varied transformations. We will also focus on exploring what makes the phrase material specific to the Rosas “style” and how to embody this special quality.
Biography Sue-Yeon Youn