Course Descriptions

CREATIVE PROCESS is about making and showing what we make. All media and mediums are accepted. Each participant will get supportive, critical attention in an environment that values skills of observation, analysis, articulation and revision.

PRACTICES OF THE MIND AND BODY is an eclectic class that incorporates breathing, seeing and imagining as well as vocalizing, improvising, and aligning activities. It includes practices for softening, lengthening, strengthening and efficiency of movement. It supports moving from inner impulses and encourages individual expression.

TECHNIQUE
The intent of this class is to deepen and broaden dancers' expressive repertoire. The class incorporates breathing exercises, vocalizations, intentional direction, release work, improvisation, alignment activities and a variety of techniques for softening, lengthening, strengthening and opening. This is an eclectic class that supports moving from inner impulses and encourages individual expression.


CONTEMPLATIVE DANCE FORM
--3 hours.
Sitting meditation
Personal awareness practice
Sitting meditation
Open Space
Sitting meditation
Discussion


REPERTORY
Duet
Point of Rescue: 6,6,5,8,11
Count 25: 10,5,4,3,2,1
Dancing the Numbers
6 Muscle Memories
Protecting the Goddess's Cattle


MOVEMENT PHRASES: ENERGY AND EXPRESSION
is technique class that uses guided personal warm-up, the practice of "kinesthetic delight," vocalization and improvisational scores to find movement preferences. Based on these preferences, each participant makes movement structures (phrases, sequences, various kinds of movement modules) that are designed for their particular needs.



GESTURE: FORM AND FEELING
address the questions: what is a gesture? what is a movement? How do these begin and end? How may they be followed, directed, transformed? How can rational structures or scores support the expression of emotion and imagination? The tool used is the score to Motley’s solo, Dancing the Numbers.






IMPROVISATION


VOCALIZATION: BODY AND VOICE


VIDEO PORTRAITS
A performance-video workshop by Polly Motley and Molly Davies.

The performer makes a solo in a small space for 2-4 minutes.

This is video-ed.

The performance makes another solo of duration equal to the first.
This is performed while the first solo is projected on video behind the performer.

This is also shot.

The performer makes a third solo.
This is performed while the two previous solos are projected behind.

The Video Portrait is the simultaneous projection of all the solos.

The content of the solo is to be determined by the performer. It should be able to be performed in an area not larger than 8 x 8. It may face all directions. The only other limitations on the actions to be performed is that they do not hurt the performer or anyone else but even this is negotiable.