Class will serve as a safe space for investigating the spontaneity, humor and messiness of performance. We will use improvisation as a jumping off point for finding a deeper connection between body and space, attempting to maintain that authenticity of movement as class progresses into more codified technical work. By feeding into our creative impulses, we will shed away our preconceived notions of style and affectation and access our own authentic performance eccentricities.
About the Artist: Brendan Drake is a Brooklyn based interdisciplinary artist who uses theatricality and disparate dance forms to create stylized performance spectacles. His work has been presented at HERE Arts Center, La MaMa Experimental Theatre, Abrons Arts Center, Triskelion Arts, Gowanus Loft, the CURRENT SESSIONS, Industry City Distillery, the Tank, Dixon Place and he was the proud recipient of a 2015 CUNY Dance Initiative Grant and residency through Baruch College. In addition to his work for the stage, Brendan choreographed the fall 2014 “Equality = Love” campaign for Adidas Originals/Pharell Williams and commercial spots for Thursday Island (Korea), Kate Spade, and Hermes. He has also served as movement coordinator on editorial shoots for Elle Magazine, Cate Blanchett, and Lorde. Brendan received his BFA in Dance form the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he was also a recent Artist in Residence. He is proud fiscally sponsored artist through Fractured Atlas and certified Pilates Mat and Apparatus Practitioner through the Kane School for Core Integration.
Brendan Drake // Brendan Drake Choreography
The residency will begin September and run through December, culminating in a developmental performance of a new work, You Can’t Have This (working title). During the residency, the company will be taking advantage of the flexibility of BKSD’s studio, devising material based on the question: What were the things you loved growing up that you had to keep secret? This residency will also include Contemporary Dance Classes taught by Brendan Drake.