Workshops

Kim Brandt
March 15
Sunday
5:00 pm-8:00 pm $5
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Obstructions
Makers of all kinds will be guided through a process of identifying habits, assumptions and expectations in our artistic practice. Through personal writing and group discussion, we will explore new approaches to our own modes of creation. Bringing clarity to our artistic interests and approaches, and finding comfort with unknown outcomes, we will begin developing new pieces with the main objective to surprise ourselves in an open and non-judgmental environment. Participants must bring notebook and writing utensils and/or laptop; additional art materials welcome but not necessary (non toxic materials only).
Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad
March 21 - March 22
Sunday, Saturday
4:30 pm-8:30 pm $80
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Pelvis: Motility & Mobility
This workshop will focus on the pelvis: embryology, bones, muscles, organs and glands and how we can utilize our embodied anatomy in our practice of moving. Through hands on practice we will dive into the systems of the body and create a deep foundation from which to expand our physical potential, and heighten our sensory awareness. Workshop is for anyone who wants to feel great and learn more about their pelvis and its contents.
Stanley Love
March 29
Sunday
5:00 pm-8:00 pm $5
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Letting Music Open You, Letting Your Mind Structure.
The exact structure of this lab will depend on how many participants are present. Each person should bring a piece of music they love very much (bring more than one if you can't decide) and we will be starting with the emotional life-force of the song that moves you, a channeling place of freedom. Once we have something that is connected to the creator we will work on using logic, technique and structure to come up with a phrase that embodies the soul of the song and yourself, and also has a designed container that is not restrictive.
Susan Rethorst
April 4 - April 26
Saturday
4:30 pm-7:30 pm $120
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
A Choreographic Mind
I teach from the point of view that making is an endless quest with ever shifting ground. I encourage an attitude of fueling work with one's questions, not regarding plans or themes as prerequisites. I regard teaching as a conversational mode; my exercises are proposals in action. I am interested in giving students the ability to recognize and access states necessary to making work; intuition, perception, cognition, interiority, emotional distance, spontaneity, pleasure, will, reflection, humor.
Melinda Ring
May 2
Saturday
4:30 pm-7:30 pm $30
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Composing Relationships
Not as beginners, but with a beginner’s mind, we’ll examine and question the relationships (actual and conceptual) that we want to manifest in our dances. We’ll work through a variety of exercises to gather compositional tools in how to extend movement from one person to another. Please note: we’ll be working in a territory where lifts occur by happenstance, not design, and in a world where contact improvisation has yet to be invented.
Aretha Aoki
May 3
Sunday
5:00 pm-8:00 pm $5
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
The Dancer is a Haunted House
The Dancer is a Haunted House I would like to share some improvisation structures and containers for research that I have found fruitful in making and performing. We will invite the seen and unseen murmurings of past, present, and future to surface in spontaneous dancing, writing, sounding, and speaking--using the principles of automatic writing to structure improvisations that move between language and body mind. We will use our imaginations to extend the boundaries of the self into the unknown so as to be more weathervane than conductor: pointing the direction of the wind, not making the wind happen. Participants of any movement background or experience level welcome.
Courtney Krantz & Tara O’Con
May 17
Sunday
5:00 pm-8:00 pm $5
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Mechanized Bodies: Mechanized Visions
In this process lab we will look at various clips of influential film and video works that span from the dawn of the moving image to the present day. Our interests will be focused on the uses of cinematography and editing as unique types of physical explorations as well as documents of time. Along with watching clips, we will engage in some group exercises to further activate ourselves within the space and with one another (no dancing experience necessary all abilities welcome!).
Chrysa Parkinson
June 3 - June 6
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
12:00 pm-2:30 pm $60
Avenue C Studio
IDD Wkshp: Comprehension and Constitution
Dancers: Comprehension and Constitution Being Understood and Making Things Up... Description coming soon.
Chrysa Parkinson
June 10 - June 13
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
12:00 pm-2:30 pm $60
Avenue C Studio
IDD Wkshp: Documenting Embodied Enactment
Dancers: Looking Forward to Looking Back Documenting Embodied Enactment... Description coming soon.
Claire Croizé and Étienne Guilloteau
June 22 - June 27
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
12:30 pm-2:30 pm $75
Avenue C Studio
IDD Wkshp: Recomposition
During our last creation, "Synopsis of a Battle", we developed a physicality based on decomposition and articulation of shapes drawn from different dance styles we knew from our own physical experience (ballet, Cunningham, release technique, modern, etc.) as well as "cheap imitations" of various techniques, movements and forms that we've seen that remain in our memory or imagination. We will play and recompose at will with all those facets lying within ourselves and give shape to them. It is a work with the body that tries to make visible the various layers that compose one body history. Every individual story is the proof that all those disparate elements can find a coherence in the body and its representation. Facing it is an attempt to find a coherence for oneself.

Past Classes

Natalie Green
January 18 - January 19
Sunday
5:00 pm-8:00 pm $5
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Sunday Process Lab
What doors do we pass through before we step onto stage, so that we are mentally, physically, and emotionally present? How can the changing weather of live performance wake us up? In this process lab we will share, explore, and invent methods of readying ourselves for performance. Through a variety of embodiment practices, a series of straightforward tasks, and a lot of idea sharing we will expand and enliven our personal pre-show regimen.
Marjani Forté
February 1
Sunday
5:00 pm-8:00 pm $5
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Sunday Process Lab
While creating performance that examines the oscillating natures of Mental Illness, Addiction, and Systemic Poverty, I'm interested in engaging with artists, health practitioners, and all those invested in either of these conditions/structures, to exchange tools and explore the capacity of dance/embodiment to tell story, capture emotion, and deepen listening. I will share text, tools, and processes I've used thus far, and ask participants to reflect on/identify/share their own practices. Together we will create and discuss, working at our fullest capacity as movers and thinkers, drawing on each other's tools to challenge our creative habits and/or inhabit new ideas. The room benefits from a spectrum of movers, thinkers, and practitioners- so if movement and creative practice interests you, please join us for this Sunday Workshop.
Will Rawls
March 1
Sunday
5:00 pm-8:00 pm $5
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Sunday Process Lab
The focus of this interdisciplinary lab will be how rhythm functions as a device for marking time, shaping movement and establishing relations among ideas. The participants will explore a series of compositional exercises in speech and movement, embodying a set of personally motivated ideas and creating material that might be useful for further development beyond the workshop. Please bring 1-2 texts that are particularly inspirational or relevant to you at this moment. We will start with a group warm up geared to engage the voice and the body. Open to all skill levels.

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    March 3, 6:15pm
    Dance and Publish
    Hosted by Biba Bell, Moriah Evans and Will Rawls
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    March 9, 8:00pm
    Yve Laris Cohen, GodoyPradera Projects, Heidi Henderson, Lisa Kusanagi - Dance Expressionist
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    March 10, 7:00pm
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    Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama, Marissa Rae Niederhauser, Sandra Wieser, Luciani\'s Absolute Theater
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