Contemporary dance training - Summer Training Cartel

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Morning contemporary dance training.

Class descriptions

Jamie Wright
A simple contemporary movement class, which will emphasize coordination, precision and efficiency. Ignoring any particular dance style, the class is based on the mechanics and kinesthetics of the body, in order to improve and augment consciousness of execution and sensation. We will use concrete means as references--the tactile connection with the floor, the relation of the axis to space and the balance between muscular engagement and release.

Hanako Hoshimi-Caines
In this class, we will work from the point of view that we do not yet know what dance is. The frame of dance is open: good and bad disappear as we rid ourselves of the extra layer of “being seen” in order to work on being. I propose being as dancing: dancing as listening, dancing as surprise, dancing as your responsibility to the world, to objects, others, space, time and yourself, dancing as a disappearance act, dancing as your ecstatic presence in the world, dancing as an auto-inspiration machine. It will be summer. It will be sunny and hot. I take my queue from the word “training” and “cartel”: we will do things like sharpen our perception with ball games, run, loosen our hips, engrave the space with our bodies and engage in budoh influenced exercises where the line between listening/responding and leader/follower become blurred. It’s the 10 am natural high, all to a playlist promised to love.

Alanna Kraaijeveld
Radical training. Why radical?
I invite you to participate in these classes as a way to challenge your assumptions of the kind of training you usually participate in: how and where it happens, and with whom.  I have (hopefully) offered here an alternative to these things.  It is my intention to create a space for practice where you can consider what you know, what you don’t know, what you think you know but actually don’t know, and what you think you don’t know but you actually know.  This is training in an interstitial space, where the variables are less predictable, where you are suspended, where you’ve got to discover and work in a non-illusory manner.
My current teaching is informed by my encounters with Fighting Monkey, a practice co-developed by Linda Kapetanea and Jozef Frucek that aims to nourish and restore movement patterns and mobility.  My ongoing learning and investigation of their work, as well my pedagogical curiosities and research will support the proposed training I offer as part of the Summer Training Cartel.

David Albert-Toth
Inspired by the teachings of Eric Beauchesne and Crystal Pite, this class sits between a technique class and a self-focused choreographic lab in which participants are guided and encouraged to develop some of their own material as the class progresses. We will break the body down into segments, working with specific initiation points to create clarity, confusion, and new combinations for movement. The goal of the class is to encourage specificity and precision in multi-initiative movement while cultivating spatial awareness and individual intention and presence. Socks and kneepads are encouraged.



Jamie Wright : June 20-23 (no class Friday) 10h-12h

Hanako Hoshimi-Caines : June 27-30 (no class Friday) 10h-11h45

Alanna Kraaijeveld : **July 4-8, Monday - Wednesday 9h-11h, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 7h-9h

David Albert-Toth : July 11-15, 10h-12h

**all classes will be held at studio Peter-Boneham,

EXCEPT for the week of July 4-8 which will happen in Jarry Park. Meeting point at the corner of St-Laurent and Gary-Carter (southeast corner of the park)


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