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Movement Matters

The Dance Department presents a series of one-time classes and workshops on a variety of topics.

Free and open to the general public as well as the College community. All experience levels welcome.

Movement Matters Master Class with Sydnie L. Mosley Dances online


Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 4:30pm

Sydnie L. Mosley Dances (SLMDances) is a New York City-based dance-theater collective that works in communities to organize for gender and racial justice through experiential dance performance. Artistic Director Sydnie L. Mosley and Creative Partner Jessica Lee will share who SLMDances is and methodologies that guide SLMDances’ artistic practice. Free, open to all experience levels. A virtual event sponsored by the Dance Program and the Engaged Listening Project. Please pre-register here to receive the Zoom link.


 

Movement Matters Master Class with Aysha Upchurch online

Movement Matters Master Class with Aysha Upchurch online

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 4:30pm

Re-membering Movement, Embodying Liberation

Oppression hurts every (single) body -- holding us to an impossible script of what bodies, body parts, and movement styles are acceptable and privileged or marginalized and policed. Aysha Upchurch will lead a workshop that invites folks to reconnect and reintegrate the link between mind/body and identity/liberation, disentangled from the damaging effects of colonization.  We will be unpacking and inviting new ways to frame the body and movement through lecture, discussion, and embodied exploration.  Upchurch's movement is informed by African diaspora and often combines with spoken word to engage, entertain, and empower audiences. Free, open to all experience levels. A virtual event sponsored by the Dance Program. Please pre-register here to receive the Zoom link.


Movement Matters Master Class with Samantha Goodman online

Movement Matters Master Class with Samantha Goodman online

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 4:30pm

Goodman offers a master class in Attuned Movement, followed by a dance party! ATTUNED MOVEMENT explores the intersections of contemporary release based movement and traditional Afro Diasporic dance. This approach dives into uses of the spine, hips, and pelvis, as well as ideas of embodiment and energy flow essential to these practices. Samantha Blake Goodman is a Los Angeles based  interdisciplinary creative. As a choreographer and  founder of MAPS ( Movement Arts Performance Space ), she curates unique experiences dedicated to cultivating the contemporary and traditional arts of the Afro-Latinx and Caribbean diaspora in Los Angeles. Film Program for RBMA and mUsic Center. Her choreographic work has been shown at the Getty Museum, ICA LA, Navel, REDCAT Theater,  Fowler Museum, Western Arts Alliance, MOCA’s online screen program, Trapos Sucios ( Mexico City ). Samantha holds an MFA of Dance from UCLA and studied dance and choreography at the Escola de Dança da FUNCEB in Salvador, Bahia Brazil. Free, open to all experience levels. A virtual event sponsored by the Dance Program. Please pre-register here to receive the Zoom link.

 


Movement Matters Master Class with the Illustrious Blacks online

Movement Matters Master Class with the Illustrious Blacks online

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 4:30pm

In a discussion format, The Illustrious Blacks share elements of their process for constructing performance during the year of quarantine. With focus on the foundation (video, sound, costuming, set exploration in the 90's) of their tool box for virtual performance they offer ways to exercise the muscle for creating virtual performance. Free, open to all experience levels. A virtual event sponsored by the Dance Program. Please pre-register here to receive the Zoom link


Movement Matters Weekly Classes

Monday, October 19 + 26, 2020 - 4:30

Movement Matters Weekly Classes

Mahaney Arts Center, Plaza Tent

Every Monday this semester we are happy to offer Improvisational dance classes led by one of our faculty and musically accompanied by Ron Rost and Deborah Felmeth. Classes are open only to students on-campus. We welcome all bodies and abilities to join us! It is recommended to come in clothes that allow you to dance in the grass and please wear your mask. Spots are limited, sign-ups will be posted on our Facebook and Instagram (@dancemidd) or contact Jenn Ponder (ponder@middlebury.edu) for more informtion. Excited to have you with us! [Photo by Peter Sergay]


Movement Matters Master Class with Kari Borni


Monday, October 26, 2020 – 4:30PM-5:30PM
Movement Matters Master Class with Kari Borni
Mahaney Arts Center, Plaza Tent            

Kari Borni leads an outdoor movement class in collaboration with musicians Deborah Felmeth and Ron Rost. Come in shoes and clothing that allows you to dance in the grass. All bodies and abilities welcome, face coverings are required. Free, space is limited to those allowed on campus, sign up here. Photo by Peter Sergay. Contact dance@middlebury.edu with any questions.

Movement Matters Master class: Exploring Attention/Space/Time with Jungwoong Kim

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Movement Matters Master class: Exploring Attention/Space/Time with Jungwoong Kim

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

In this workshop we will explore and develop our abilities to give attention to the energy in ourselves and the beings/environment around us. How can we receive energy and inspiration from slowing down, listening, and seeing new possibilities for feeling and expression?

Jungwoong Kim is a current collaborator with Middlebury College Dance Program’s Artist-in-Residence Tori Lawrence. Born and raised in South Korea, Jungwoong has been a dancer, choreographer, and designer for more than 20 years. He has extensive training in martial arts and Korean traditional dance and ritual, both of which strongly inform his artistic vision and aesthetic. He studied Deep Listening with Pauline Oliveros, and has done Contact Improvisation (CI) performance with Katie Duck, Kurt Koegel, Hiekyoung Blanz, Kristie Simpson, Karen Nelson, Chris Aiken, Germaine Ingram, Leah Stein, Marion Ramirez, among others. Since 2014 he has been an artist in residence at Asian Arts Initiative (AAI), a major arts and culture center based in Philadelphia. Through this residency he received a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation grant to support his performance works. He was awarded a 2015 multi-year grant from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage for the creation of SaltSoul, a multi-disciplinary creative/performance project. Further, he was nominated for a 2017 Pew Fellowship in the Arts, and received a 2017 Bilateral Dance Artist Exchange Residency in Budapest, Hungary through Philadelphia Dance Projects. He has taught improvisation and CI at numerous universities and independent workshops in the U.S., Europe, Japan and South Korea

Open to the general public as well as the College community. All experience levels welcome. Free

Photo: Carlos Avendaño


Master Class: Afro-Haitian Dance: technique, culture, and aesthetics

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 – 1:30 PM
Master Class: Afro-Haitian Dance: technique, culture, and aesthetics

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

A master dance class with Jean-Sebastien Duvilaire and live drumming. Jean-Sebastien Duvilaire (BabaSeb) is a Haitian Artist and Houngan who strongly believes in the use of the performing arts to trigger social change. He has trained in African and Afro-Haitian techniques, as well as in classical ballet, modern, and contemporary dance. Babbas has worked with many artists internationally, and travels to teach, choreograph, and collaborate with artists throughout the U.S., the Caribbean, and West Africa. He is the founder of the AfrikAyiti Project, and always wishes to promote Africa together with Haiti in sharing his culture wherever he teaches or performs. Co-sponsored with the Sophomore Seminar Program. Free and open to the public. 


Alumni Takeover: Kizuna Dance

Sunday-Friday, October 27-November 1, 2019
Alumni Takeover: Kizuna Dance

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

Cameron McKinney '14 is a New York City-based choreographer, dancer, educator, and author. He founded Kizuna Dance in 2014 with the mission of creating works that celebrate the Japanese language and culture. He was awarded a 2019-20 U.S.-Japan Creative Artist Fellowship to collaborate with renowned Japanese choreographer Toru Shimazaki on the creation of a new 30-minute work to be showcased as part of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games events. His work has been recognized through a Choreographic Fellowship for the Alvin Ailey Foundation’s New Directions Choreography Lab, provided through generous support from the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation. He also recently received a three-month Individual Fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council to travel to Japan and continue his studies on the intersections of streetdance and butoh in 2019. Photo by Jazzy Photo.

The residency includes guest instruction in dance classes, a performance, as well as two public events. Please join us in the Dance Theatre for a:

  • Movement Matters Master Class on Wednesday, October 30, at 4:30pm
  • Career Conversation, co-sponsored with CCI, on Thursday, October 31 at 11am.

Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre Residency: Movement Matters Master Class

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 – 4:30 PM
Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre Residency: Movement Matters Master Class

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

Instructors: Samar Haddad King and Zoe Rabinowitz

Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre master classes are designed to meet and challenge students wherever they are in their technical training and physical practice; classes offer an environment of technical exploration and artistic play for dancers of all levels. Focusing on intention as the catalyst for movement, participants are given the freedom to investigate athletic movement phrases using choreographic and improvisational tools. Through phrasework, improvisation, and play, dancers are invited to inhabit their own bodies more fully and find new solutions for how to effectively communicate through performance. Open to the general public as well as the College community. All experience levels welcome. The residency is co-sponsored by the Dance Program, the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, Middle East Studies Program, and the Arabic Department. Free. Image by Raoof Haj Yihia


Movement Matters Master Class with Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project

Saturday, October 12, 2019 – 12:00 PM   
Movement Matters Master Class with Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project

Mahaney Arts Center, Studio 109

The transnational performance group Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project (BTDP), based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and Philadelphia, draws from Africanist and postmodernist aesthetics. Movement Matters is a series of one-time classes and workshops on a variety of topics. Open to the general public as well as the College community. All experience levels welcome. Free


Movement Matters Master Class with Meshi Chavez

Saturday, September 7, 2019 – 10:00 AM

Movement Matters Master Class with Meshi Chavez

Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre

Please join us for a unique opportunity to attend a master class with guest artist Meshi Chavez from Portland, Oregon. Chavez is a dancer, Butoh performer, and choreographer, whose work focuses cultivating presence through movement. Free

Meshi Chavez has been a performer, choreographer and movement teacher for nearly 20 years across the United States & Europe. He was trained in-depth in Butoh as a student of Natsu Nakajima, Denise Fujiwara and Akira Kasai. Meshi is currently the co-founder/director of Momentum Conscious Movement Studio. Meshi Chavez believes that radical engagement requires radical attentiveness. His work focuses on the distillation of movement through a deep commitment to the investigation of what is essential, creating a palpable presence in the dancer. This is the foundation from which he approaches both teaching and choreography, and will be the focus of his residency at Middlebury this coming academic year.


 

Dance Department

Mahaney Center for the Arts
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Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753