May 7, 2019 at 12:05 pm #112
Innovative artist-led teaching. A unique chance to dance.
Springading is a chance for artists to teach their vision and an opportunity for everyone to participate in artist-led teaching by peers. Springading celebrates artists leading and innovating! For the third year in a row, we invite selected guest artists to share their teaching practice in a series of fun, original classes and workshops.
COMMUNAL WORLD-BUILDING THROUGH IMPROVISATION / $15/ ARTIST: LESLIE BUSH
This workshop will center on an improvisational method of movement that functions both as a somatic practice as well as a performative one. Inspired by storytelling games and exercises, the focus of the practice is on communal world-building through movement exercises such as movement energy modes of re-arrangement, rocking, grounding techniques, and imagery play. The practice focuses awareness on the connection between external and internal environments. (May 20 – May 22, 3 PM – 4:30 PM)
DUETS BY STRANGERS / $15/ ARTIST: MIRA TREATMAN
It’s pretty simple! A group of artists who take this workshop will get paired with a complete stranger, make a performance, and share it with the public all within the span of 1 week. With the support of facilitator Mira Treatman and the little community of participants, the group will work together to bring new performance and cross-disciplinary ideas into the world. Artists and thinkers of all disciplines who take the workshop qualify to participate in the performance. (May 15, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM)
EMPTYING TOWARDS DANCING (BUTOH) / $15 / ARTIST: SHIZU HOMMA
Butoh is a dance that started in post World War II Japan as modernism entered the country. At the same time Japan was moving out of Imperialist rule and taking in experiences that were not sanctioned during Hirohito’s rule: the butoh artists were also rebelling against the importation of western culture. Butoh is now danced all over the world, by people of all cultures. (May 19, 4PM – 6:30 PM)
FEMME FLOW /$10 | QUEENZ COLLECTIVE AFRO HIP HOP / $15/ ARTIST: CAITLIN GREEN
The Femme Flow class is embodiment of sensuality, control and confidence. The movement quality emphasizes hip initiations, hand and arm articulation, stopping, and poses. The choreography is influenced by a combination of waacking, hip-hop, and jazz, using elements of these foundational styles combined to form Femme Flow. Moments of freestyle and improvisation will be worked into each class. This class is a workshop series in which the choreography will build throughout each class. Participants are encouraged to attend all three classes, however individual classes are welcome. (May 17, 6-730pm) Queenz Collective brings Hip Hop and West African Fusion to the 954DMC. (May 23, 6:00 – 8:00 PM)
POR QUE SI! / $15/ ARTIST: CHRISTINE MARIA CASTRO-TAUSER
A Latin jazz class driven by the voice of Celia Cruz, the rhythm of Tito Puente the energy of Calle 13. The class incorporates into its combination and warm up both the structure and improvisation of Latin music and social latin dances. The class includes a warm up, across the floor work, combination and improvisation. (May 20, 5:00-6:30 PM; May 21, 5:30-7:00 PM; May 23, 3:30-5:00 PM)
Caitlin Green is a Philadelphia based dance artist, well versed in contemporary, jazz and hip-hop. As a freelance performance artist and choreographer, she has most recently performed in the World of Dance Philadelphia Tour, RAW Artist Showcase in Baltimore, and was an artist in residence through Earthdance’s E|MERGE 2019 in Massachusetts. Caitlin is completing her Master of Arts in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling at Drexel.
Christina Castro-Tauser earned her MFA at Temple University, and is currently a teaching artist for Taller Puertorriqueno in Philadelphia. Christina is also the funding director of Expansions Contemporary Dance Ensemble. Christina received her BA in Dance from Point Park University. She was an apprentice at the Colorado Ballet where she choreographed Cafe con Leche for the Colorado ballet studio Company. She has trained with Laura Alonzo at Centro Pro Danza Cuba.
Artist Leslie Bush is a movement and visual artist from Philadelphia. Her work has been described as “extending definitions of embodiment”. Leslie earned an MFA in dance choreography/performance from Temple University in 2017. Currently, she teaches dance at Rowan University, and performs her improvisational work in and around Philadelphia.
Mira Treatman is a dance-theatre artist who creates performances stemming from experimental research. Her work has been supported by Dixon Place, Glasshouse, Gibney LANDING, Arts Letters & Numbers, and Earthdance Emerge. She writes about performance in its broadest sense for thINKingDANCE.net. Mira has been offering workshops at 954 Dance Movement Collective since 2017.
Queenz Collective, founded by Sanchel Brown, is an interchangeable collective of dance creatives who tell stories of present, past, and future that invoke healing in all whom witness and participate. Their most recent performance highlights are World of Dance Philadelphia 2018 and RAW Artists Showcase in Baltimore 2019.
Shizu Homma is a Brooklyn born dance artist who moved to Philadelphia in fall of 2016. She has danced in butoh companies including the Butoh Rockettes and Dean Street Foo Dance, and for modern choreographers including Arthur Aviles and Stanley Love. She is also a choreographer and improvisor, zine maker, collagist, text artist, and fortune teller
About the 954 Dance Movement Collective: Serving artists in the Greater Philadelphia area, the 954DMC is the working space for touring theatre companies, dance companies, commercial performing artists, dance teachers and independent artists. Our mission is to get you dancing. And to feed a thriving environment that supports artists who dance, teach and make dances. Join us as we build community through dance and get people of all ages dancing – from kids to kids at heart.
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