In my class, we explore the relationship between gravity and the weight of the body, finding efficient movement through the use of momentum, release, and breath. Choreographed exercises invite a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of modern dance, which include: moving through the floor, articulating the spine, developing the head-tail connection, and suspending actions off the vertical and in multiple planes. In these exercises, we will play with cyclical movement that swings and swoops through the space, while allowing for individual exploration and expression. Balancing technique with self-generated movement, attention will be given to play and physical investigation that encourages students’ creative voices, which will be developed through structured improvisations that are woven throughout the class.
Photos courtesy of Mike Keeling and Lew Lott