Renegade Performance Group will partner with Brooklyn Studios for Dance in June 2017 for a month-long summer intensive of technique classes for performers and movement practitioners as well as technology intensives for creative artists. Over the course of three-weeks in June, RPG artistic director André M. Zachery will teach his Physical Propulsion technique class focused on floorwork rooted in Flying Low principles. Additionally, Zachery will lead a series of technology intensives for creative artists looking to approach interdisciplinary work and collaborative practices. These classes will be Monday evenings in June and several of the RPG collaborators will be present as co-facilitators.
The goal of this summer intensive is to create a learning environment for artists fostered by a partnership between an innovative artistic organization (RPG) and a leading artistic institution (BkSD) in Brooklyn.
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.
Photo credit: Arin Lawrence