Physical Propulsion is a training method of engaging the body with the floor through several movement variations. I think of movement in Physical Propulsion as testing the limits of all our dimensions, especially across the usually forgotten transverse plane or, the “z-axis”. For me, movement is generated and activated like a pulsating bed-spring. In class we work on our bodies alignment and the clear intention of direction, to connect phrases with energy that coils and recoils akin to the spring. The movement variations are based on modalities from Flying Low technique – codified by David Zambrano, Laban, Límon and Capoeira. The goal of each class is to gain more comfort and courage using the body into and out of the floor with dynamic range of motion, a sense of togetherness with class takers and musicality throughout the space.
André Zachery is a Brooklyn, NY based interdisciplinary artist. He holds a BFA from the Ailey/Fordham University program and a MFA in Performance & Interactive Media Arts from Brooklyn College. His artistic practice is grounded in devising choreographic, performative and multimedia projects exploring contemporary Black cultural aesthetics and practices.
He is the artistic director of Renegade Performance Group and a founding member of the collective Wildcat! His works have received favorable reviews from many critics and publications including the New York Times and have been presented in several leading institutions in New York City. Zachery is a Jerome Foundation supported 2015-17 Movement Research A-I-R and is a recipient of the 2016 NYFA Fellowship (Gregory Millard Fellow) in Choreography. He also was a guest faculty artist-in-residence in Fall 2016 at the School of Dance at Florida State University.
André has been a creative lead on collaborative teams ranging from music videos, theatre works, films and operas. His media work and film work has been featured in collaborations with independent artist and as part of design teams from 3LD Art & Technology Center in New York. Zachery has presented research and been a panelist during conferences at Duke University, Brooklyn College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has curated performance platforms and artists’ panels at Danspace Project and the CUNY Graduate Center in New York.