INTENSIVES

CORPOREALITY [being in a body | humans in a room] w/ ALTERNATIVA [Kathleen Hermesdorf + Albert Mathias]
A workshop investigating corporeality from internal impulse to external expression. Deeply influenced by live, original music. Exploring physical states and movement through a hybrid of traditional, contemporary and alternative forms. Deepening awareness and understanding of the body by working with energy, touch, somatic modalities, improvisational forms, group scores, technical experiments and three-dimensional choreography. Activating embodied intelligence in motion as means of perception, intuition and agency. CORPOREALITY is an intimate and animated arena for physical and creative exploration that encourages sensate virtuosity, kinetic efficiency, interactive intelligence, serious fun and hardcore dancing. 10/4 – 10/7 2pm-6pm

WHAT MOVES US AND WHY?: How does Dance Improvisation Practice affect our lives and choices? w/ Kirstie Simson
There is deep inspiration and rigor in a practice of improvisation that posits vulnerability at its heart. Developing the skills to be able to care for, engage, respect and respond to that state of vulnerability in oneself and others gives life to improvisation that is powerful and transformative.
These guiding principles and questions have informed Kirstie’s art/life practice
since she began exploring dance improvisation over three decades ago.
This is the work that Kirstie engenders through facilitated exercises, open time for play and exploration, movement scores, observations and discussion. Much of the work is experienced through partnering and connection with others, balanced with solo time for processing and reflection. In this workshop Kirstie shares insights gleaned from thirty-two years experience of living and loving Dance Improvisation. 10/4 – 10/7 9:30am-1:30pm

CLASSES

*for times of classes match number to schedule placement*

1 AoA w/ Larry Arrington 
This class assembles elements of dance, rest, magic, lecture, and performance in an incubation pool of potentiality. All are welcome. 10/6 11:30am

2 ADVANCED BEGINNERS DANCE AEROBICS w/ Larry Arrington
Come get stupid with me as I teach my beloved side hustle, DANCE AEROBICS (Bay Area’s Rhythm and Motion) 10/7 11:30am

Intelligent Recklessness w/ Anya Cloud

We will cultivate wildness in our dancing bodies. We will find avenues for agency through sensitized risk taking within the form of contact improvisation. We will move with care without being careful. We will research and we will play. How can we be generous, find abandon and transgression, and be responsive? In order to take on these questions, we will utilize an awake intelligence within facile solo bodies and consider options for negotiation with other bodies and physics. We will dance with the bodies that we have. This workshop will build skills for supporting weight, finding momentum, moving through disorientation, going into and out of soft collisions, finding buoyant rebound and reversibility, setting and respecting boundaries, and engaging the possibilities of durable and political dancing bodies. It will take on a bit of everything-ness. It might seem impossible. Through solo body, duets, small groups, and as an ensemble we will find exhilaration, composition, bewilderment, and delight to increase physical range. 10/7 9:30am

4 Radical Aliveness: Dancing into Feldenkrais® into Dancing into… w/ Anya Cloud
Utilizing Awareness Through Movement, full-bodied dancing, and touch we will work toward radical aliveness. We will modulate states of being. We will dance with the bodies that we have. How can we be nuanced, astute, complex, and visceral? We will research our experiences of the states that come out of other states and how that can connect us with the volume of time through imagination and memory. We will invite extreme difference through overlapping proposals. What if all of this can take us into unknown and unimaginable spaces? 10/5 11:30am

5 Luminous annihilation/clear eyes w/ Abby Crain
We become luminous, we open our eyes. We are still seeking transparency. We are still welcoming abandon. We allow things to move through us. As soon as we find what we are doing we let it go and allow it to transform and shift into something else.  As soon as we find ourselves,  we practice releasing ourselves and allowing ourselves to shift and transform into something else! Or maybe we don’t!  Okay let’s face it, if we are open to joyful annihilation we can’t actually predict what will happen, so let’s not.
We will work with our eyes. We will see things, and things will see us. We will invoke thunderstorms and start fires. We will dance. We will rest. We will dance again. 10/4 5pm

6 WE ARE MANY
 w/ Abby Crain
We work with the assumption that we have not one center but many.  We work with the assumption that our humanness is comprised of primarily non human entities. We follow the intelligence of our skin,  fingernails, the tips of our hair, and the patterns of our embryonic selves. We work with anatomic Phantoms and Premonitions. We work with the powerful structures  of Open Source Forms ( the wild stepchild of Skinner Releasing) as a vehicle for our practice. We will lay on the floor for a long time and we will dance til we sweat. 10/6 9:30am

7 Theory is always practice and back again: social movements and phenomenology w/ Thomas DeFrantz
A thinking-dancing-making session that explores how phenomenology speaks to dancing among others, rather than simply among oneself.  how can phenomenological explorations produce possibilities for social justice  and ethical dancing with?  how are social movements inherent elaborations of phenomenological discovery?  how can white theoretical models contribute to Black corporealities, and how can we actually dance toward discovery and deliverance? 10/7 3pm

rhythmconvo w/ Thomas DeFrantz
tap and rhythm machine building towards a communication of rhythm.  we will construct rhythm platforms together that suit our sensibilities of what beats we need now, and how to compose tap improvisation through thematic address. 10/4 11:30am

Big moving complexity modern technique w/ Heidi Henderson
A set movement class with big sloppily specific and complex phrase work.
Moving juicy the whole class. Snippets of full bodied phrase material.
Generous flow, directional changes, both delicate and gargantuan actions, grounding, complexity: All contributing to a sense of joyful confusion. 10/5 9:30am | 10/6 3pm

10 Transgressive Body Workshop w/ Jaamil Olawale Kosoko 
How do we as movement practitioners train and strengthen the mind and body to resist oppressive structures and systems? How might tools of self care, personal meditation, and psychic choreographic systems support and prepare us for site based and/or theatrical radical performance making? How does the teaching of theory promote new systems for intellectual simulation and understanding? Centering an interdisciplinary approach to live performance making, this creative lab will consider how we as artist-citizens strengthen the mind and body to resist normalized structures of performance to release, activate, and translate unknown, foreign, and/or vulnerable materials into live performance actions. Students will conduct research, view and critique live performance and create cosmologies of their creative influencers. Open to all students interested in exploring their previously uncharted performative potential. Participants are encouraged to bring – questions about their own work and practice that they are willing to unfold and share within a group environment. – radical costumes that disguise their bodies. – one or more personal items they feel comfortable sharing and working with in public space. Materials : some provided by venue/participants encouraged to bring w/ them 

  • black or white gloves
  • white nightgowns
  • wigs
  • Feathers
  • shoes
  • White trash bags
  • Baby Dolls
  • White Tulle and other fabrics
  • Costumes
  • A personal object from which the student can share a narrative or tell a story
  • An open heart and mind

10/4 3pm | 10/5 11:30am | 10/6 9:30am

11 Gaga/People Class w/ Maree ReMalia
The Gaga movement language originated from the belief in the healing, dynamic, ever-changing power of movement. Choreographer, Ohad Naharin, developed Gaga over the of many years and it is now applied in the daily practice of Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company. This training method is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body. It offers a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Gaga raises awareness of physical weaknesses, awakens numb areas, exposes habits. The work improves instinctive movement, connects conscious and unconscious movement, and allows for an experience of freedom and pleasure in a welcoming space. Students move without mirrors and observers are not permitted. Gaga/dancers is open to professional dancers and dance students ages 16+. Gaga/people is open to the general public and available for anyone 16+, without the necessity of previous experience. 10/7 3pm

12 Gaga/Dancers Class w/  Maree ReMalia The Gaga movement language originated from the belief in the healing, dynamic, ever-changing power of movement. Choreographer, Ohad Naharin, developed Gaga over the of many years and it is now applied in the daily practice of Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company. This training method is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body. It offers a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Gaga raises awareness of physical weaknesses, awakens numb areas, exposes habits. The work improves instinctive movement, connects conscious and unconscious movement, and allows for an experience of freedom and pleasure in a welcoming space. Students move without mirrors and observers are not permitted.Gaga/dancers is open to professional dancers and dance students ages 16+ 10/6 11:30am

13 Improvisation as Composition w/ Peter Schmitz
I believe Improvisation is a discipline. A discipline which challenges layers of attention, qualities of listening, specificity in the moment and acceptance of non-attachment. I don’t believe there is a ‘style’. This class is a kind of laboratory of investigation where practitioners should come with abundant curiosity and little expectation. I am prone to ask for impossibilities when investigating-of comparing a ‘this’ to a surprising ‘that’ – as a soloist and as member of a larger community of makers making. I believe in our older history with gravity, with the ontological truths of weight, line and of a responsibility to forms larger/more important than my own single form when composing.  I also believe our current lives/times challenge us to re-examine form/meaning in how we live and in what we create. 10/7 11:30am

14 Still Life Dances w/ Lauren Simpson + Jenny Stulberg
We begin by warming up our sense of weight, location of the floor, and attention to detail in the body. Through partnering exercises we will awaken our listening faculties through our senses of touch, sound, sight, and movement. Movement material for classes comes from our dances Still Life No. 1 and Still Life No. 7, which prioritize detail, precision, and idiosyncratic rhythms. We will work with partners to layer in unison and deep listening. When we started creating Still Life Dances, we asked ourselves: What are the purposes of unison movement? What is virtuosity? Why is detail important and how do we find it? We will share our answers to these questions as well as encourage you to ask yourselves these questions as you embody the material. We will make time to share our answers, and questions, to these questions. 10/4 11:30am | 10/6 5pm

16 Studio Practice w/ Jesse Zaritt
Each class begins with practices that help to release excess tension and invite wonder. Improvisational and choreographed exercises generate radical radial connectivity, clarity, and length/width/depth in our bodies. Phrase work will then allow us to research ways to exaggerate the sensations of being in a multi-dimensional body. We’ll fall into and out of lush, decadent dance experiences. 10/4 9:30am | 10/5 5pm

LABS

17  MOON w/ Larry Arrington
This is a lecture/workshop on astrology of the moon. we’ll look at how to feed and tend to the moon in your birth chart. (please bring a print out of your natal chart) 10/4 5pm

18 Cycles of Recuperation Inside of Exertion w/ Anya Cloud
How can we fully show up inside of our dancing/selves with an unrelenting willingness to stay in? This lab will cultivate a space for high stakes physical endurance improvisational practice where we don’t back down from exertion and we also entirely allow for recuperation. How might these seemingly opposite states be folded into one another? We will work to find cycles of recuperation while staying in exertion. We will dance with the bodies that we have. How can this be a practice of radical independence and responsible citizenship? How can this be an expansive practice of cellular visioning? Bring your questions, grit, politics, and brave dancing selves into the research experiment. 10/6 5pm

19 STOP EMULATING A CADAVER w/ Abby Crain
The good news is that we aren’t dead.  The good news is that our humanness is comprised of primarily non human specific components. The question then arises as to why movement studies is still obsessed with kinesiological compliance that is based primarily on human cadaver study.  Lets not comply.  Lets interrogate our non humaness and dance from our swim bladders instead.  Better yet,  lets stop pretending that science is actually able to explain the mystery and magic of the moving body and  see what happens when we move from imaginative practices.  Because that’s what we do anyways right?  In this lab  we will discuss these issues, then author  and co author our own imaginative scripts for non non-normative movement practices. Then we will make a great fucking playlist and get to work. 10/5 3pm

20 afroFUTUREqu##r w/ Thomas DeFrantz
a lab to release the future queer oriented mover of color that harbors among each and every one of us.  we’ll consider the ground that produces afrofuturism, and build from that toward the space of queer ontologies for dance and its improvisations.  dance improvisation arrives inherently queer, but we suppress our abilities to channel with that far too often.  discourse through moving; discourse through discussion.  what could make an afro-queer? an afroFUTURE? a FUTUREqu##r?  how are we all involved in this construction?  the platform considers house music and dance as the impetus for vibrant afrofuturism that proceeds from the funk. 10/5 9:30am

21 Quick choreographic prompts w/ Heidi Henderson
Scores that can help build ideas for dances. A series of one minute studies, as many as we can fit in the time frame. Quick making, without self judgement. Research in task. Jumpstarts for larger work later. 10/7 5pm

22 Transgressive Body Workshop w/ Jaamil Olawale Kosoko 
How do we as movement practitioners train and strengthen the mind and body to resist oppressive structures and systems? How might tools of self care, personal meditation, and psychic choreographic systems support and prepare us for site based and/or theatrical radical performance making? How does the teaching of theory promote new systems for intellectual simulation and understanding? Centering an interdisciplinary approach to live performance making, this creative lab will consider how we as artist-citizens strengthen the mind and body to resist normalized structures of performance to release, activate, and translate unknown, foreign, and/or vulnerable materials into live performance actions. Students will conduct research, view and critique live performance and create cosmologies of their creative influencers. Open to all students interested in exploring their previously uncharted performative potential. Participants are encouraged to bring – questions about their own work and practice that they are willing to unfold and share within a group environment. – radical costumes that disguise their bodies. – one or more personal items they feel comfortable sharing and working with in public space.
Materials : some provided by venue/participants encouraged to bring w/ them

  • black or white gloves
  • white nightgowns
  • wigs
  • Feathers
  • shoes
  • White trash bags
  • Baby Dolls
  • White Tulle and other fabrics
  • Costumes
  • A personal object from which the student can share a narrative or tell a story
  • An open heart and mind

10/4 3pm | 10/5 11:30am | 10/6 9:30am

23 Play Lab w/ Maree Remalia
In this mixed level lab, Maree welcomes people across identities, backgrounds, and body types into movement exploration in a playful and exploratory atmosphere. No previous training is necessary. Each individual moves in a way that accommodates their bodies needs and engages the senses. Participants are guided through improvisational structures drawing from a variety of somatic, dance, and theater-based methods that encourage self-discovery, connecting with people and the space, and experimenting with the range of their physicality. The lab moves to eclectic playlists, self made sound, and in silence. To create a less self conscious environment, the lab works without mirrors and does not allow outside observers. Participants may engage in reflective writing and drawing. For ages 16+. Learn more about the methods from which Maree draws here10/4 9:30am

24 Text and Movement Improvisation w/ Peter Schmitz
When I first started dancing – yes just few years after the civil war – one modern dance commandment was : “Never use spoken language with a dance”. A bit of heresy to speak and move. I’ve always felt our drive to express, to articulate even in spoken word originated in our bodies, in a  physical urgency. I was attracted to the challenge of combining spoken language with movement. What is it like to combine these two forms of expression improvisationally? What are the challenges to our understanding of ‘meaning’?  Of ‘form’/’narrative’? Bring paper/pens but not a computer. 10/4 3pm | 10/5 5pm

25 Practice, Process, Research: Defining Terms and Playing Around w/ Lauren Simpson + Jenny Stulberg
We begin in conversation about who we are as artists and how we create the conditions in our life to do our art. We will present a framework for looking at dances and at our own choice-making within the dance making process. Finally, we will work in small groups, applying the concepts and ideas offered in the discussion. This lab is not just for choreographers; it is for all dancers, performers, collaborators, and movers interested in aesthetics and the dance making process. 10/5 3pm

26 Moving/Moved by w/ Jesse Zaritt
This class is a movement laboratory. We will engage practices that activate attention, expansion and expressivity. We will experience the body’s anatomical systems through imaginative movement inquiry and play with how movement can be drawn into/onto/through our bodies and the the body of space. Alongside this work, we will reflect on the impact social conditioning has on our bodies, asking how we move and are moved by forces that shape the environments we live in. In what ways can dancing be a vehicle for the negotiation of agency? 10/7 9:30am

OTHER

Vogue Femme w/ Lilly Valore
Vogue Femme Consists of five elements; Hand Performance, Cat Walk, Duck Walk, Floor Performance, Stunts and Dips. These elements are then made into combinations designed to give dancers a look into the New York underground 1960’s Ballroom scene. In this class dancers will solidify these elements and then learn how to Improv within the vocabulary of Vogue in their own unique style. Vogue has evolved over the generations, it began as Old Way which was created to emulate what Vogue magazine models used to look like, developed into Vogue Femme which introduced the five solid elements and further developed into New Way, which is more acrobatic and about flexibility.Dancers will be learning Vogue Femme and will have a short warm up in the style of Vogue. I suggest dancers bring knee pads. 10/7 5pm

Group Shake w/ Jared Williams
A Group Shake is a communal somatic practice derived from many types of shaking practices that have evolved independently and collectively over millenia. This particular Group Shake is a 1 + hour collective somatic event. We shake [ to music ] together for duration with the emphasis on shaking the body in various ways. It can look like dancing but we don’t have to be concerned with appearance, skill or rhythm. Group and individual ecstatic and meditative states can be achieved. Bring clothes to sweat in and water. 10/8 9:30am