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CHOREOLAB w/ Alexandra Beller
Thu, October 25, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thu, November 29, 2018
In this workshop, we work towards finding opposite sides of the critical eye: both learning to create material in an uninhibited and impulse-driven manner, to be wild, fantastical, and daring, and equally, learning to strongly critique, edit and objectively structure material for a performative event. One of the most important elements of the workshop is developing out skills in both watching and discussing the work of others while getting ourselves out of the way. We draw feedback methods from various sources, including Critical Response Process, Fieldwork Methods, and other entry points for discussing choice making. Our goal is to learn to both view and respond to work in a way that lets go of our personal beliefs, opinions, and desire for control, and relays information that is useful, conscientious, and illuminating to the artist.
Some of the questions that we may engage during the lab are: How do we invent movement that is fresh and unique? How do we challenge habitual forms and patterns? What are the uses of text within a dance and how do we respect the power of language and of movement equally without overshadowing one or the other? How does an object absorb the correct amount of value within a dance? How can we use sound to support, enlarge, or subvert our narrative? How do we engage with media, like video, projection, live music, live feed, motion sensors, and other forms of technology to support our work and create brilliant imagery that could not exist without the tech? How do we coach our performers to bring out their best performance while still encouraging their individuality to surface? How do we use lighting, costume, set, prop, etc to finish our images, tell stories of their own, and contextualize our work? How do we create a future for our work?