Photo: Melissa Lewis
DANCER MUSICIAN IMPROVISATION JAM:
project agora & Studio 200
May 21, 2017 7-10 PM
Observers and participants of all genres of music and dance are welcome. The intention of the improvisation jam is to create a supportive environment in which members of the dance and music communities can utilize one another to inspire improvisational choices. Both communities have much to learn from each other as improvisers and the beauty that results from unexpected collisions of backgrounds, approaches, and differences. The improvisation jam provides an occasion for dancers to develop their sense of listening while improvising and for musicians to respond sonically to what they observe in movement, without the pressure of producing a finished piece. The aim is to learn from one another and gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between both forms of physical expression.
WHERE: Studio 200, 301 8th Street (@ Folsom), 2nd Floor
WHEN: May 21, 2017 7 PM - 10 pm
COST: $10 Suggested Donation to Studio 200, nobody turned away for lack of fees
Every Tuesday 6:15-7:45:
This class is designed to increase and enhance the technical and performance abilities of experienced students in the discipline of contemporary dance. Information and exercises for the movement phrases are drawn from a variety of technical and improvisational mechanisms and vocabulary. Through the practice and execution of center ﬂoor exercises, traveling patterns and choreographed phrases, the class places emphasis on spatial awareness, proper alignment, increased strength and ﬂexibility, musicality and rhythm. The class focuses on an economical approach to movement by emphasizing the use of the pelvis and spine and addresses the ways one’s inner landscape, mind, and ego affect a movement vocabulary’s overall aesthetic.
Photo: Breton Tyner-Bryan
UC Berkeley's Theater, Dance & Performance Studies Department presents a series of dance/movement workshops this Fall titled, Exploration of Forms. Each workshop is open to the public and provides a dance/movement experience accessible to all levels. Our first artist in the series is Kara Davis, who will be leading a workshop titled, Mother Tongue.
Improvisation-Into-Composition: Creative Listenership Workshop:
Mother Tongue, the title of this particular improvisation modality practicum, refers to the multiple ways a human body can sense and express itself outside the linguistic, religious, gendered, and cultural tyrannies one inherits at birth. No dance-training is required for this workshop.
This improvisation workshop begins with a series of warm-up exercises intended to heighten one's creative impulses, physical intelligence, and energetic connection with the other participants. Participants will engage in structured improvisation exercises designed to enhance consensus in the compositional decision making process. By engaging the intelligences of the dancing body with the thinking mind, this workshop connects the creative ideas with the physicality of intuition. Attendees will be given tools to disrupt habitual tendencies, allow new creativity to emerge, and deepen creative connectivity with one another.
$5 UC Berkeley Students/Faculty/Staff
$10 General Public
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project agora has been invited to the Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine as the Artists in Residence. Bliss Kohlmyer and Kara Davis will begin a new piece in collaboration with creative technologist David Fries.