Karissa Barry (Vancouver)
Oct
27
12:00 PM12:00

Karissa Barry (Vancouver)

  • University of Calgary | Dance Studio KNA163 (map)
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$15 | Drop-in
Attending |
University of Calgary & Community Drop-In
Focus | Technique


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Incorporating various techniques, this contemporary class aims to touch on basic training for health and maintenance, while pushing beyond traditional forms and preparing the working body for creation and performance. Beginning with floor-work, spine sequencing, and building a solid relationship with the ground, we will move through classical techniques infused with contemporary transitions and intelligent uses of weight transfers and level changes. Conscious and intricate pathways, directional changes, phrasing and efficiency are predominant themes throughout the class.

BIOGRAPHY:

Originally from Alberta, now based in Vancouver, Karissa has worked as a freelance contemporary dance artist for 15 yrs, with choreographers and companies; Action at a Distance/Vanessa Goodman, Amber Funk Barton, Les Productions Figlio/Serge Bennathan, EzDanza, Science Friction, Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, JoeINK, LINK Dance, Mascall Dance, Out InnerSpace Dance Theatre, Anne Plamondon, Raven Spirit Dance,Sylvain Émard Danse, The Vancouver Opera, and Wen Wei Dance. Performing works for these companies has taken her touring throughout Asia, Canada, Europe, South America, Singapore, The U.K. and to New York City.

Karissa has presented her own work at the Ballet BC mentor program, BC Buds, Brief Encounters, Cecchetti Dance Theatre, Dancing on the Edge, Dance Deck Cinq, Expanse Festival, Small Stage, la Petite Scène, Modus Operandi Training Program, Twelve Minutes Max, and self-produced a full-length evening “STRATEGY THREE” which included commissioned works and a dance on film project in which she produced, performed and
edited.

As an instructor for the professional contemporary community as well as students, Karissa teaches ballet, contemporary, and conditioning techniques.

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Karissa Barry (Vancouver)
Oct
27
10:00 AM10:00

Karissa Barry (Vancouver)

  • Decidedly Jazz Danceworks | Studio 1 (map)
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$15 | Drop-in
Attending | Professional Community
Focus | Technique


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Incorporating various techniques, this contemporary class aims to touch on basic training for health and maintenance, while pushing beyond traditional forms and preparing the working body for creation and performance. Beginning with floor-work, spine sequencing, and building a solid relationship with the ground, we will move through classical techniques infused with contemporary transitions and intelligent uses of weight transfers and level changes. Conscious and intricate pathways, directional changes, phrasing and efficiency are predominant themes throughout the class.

BIOGRAPHY:

Originally from Alberta, now based in Vancouver, Karissa has worked as a freelance contemporary dance artist for 15 yrs, with choreographers and companies; Action at a Distance/Vanessa Goodman, Amber Funk Barton, Les Productions Figlio/Serge Bennathan, EzDanza, Science Friction, Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, JoeINK, LINK Dance, Mascall Dance, Out InnerSpace Dance Theatre, Anne Plamondon, Raven Spirit Dance,Sylvain Émard Danse, The Vancouver Opera, and Wen Wei Dance. Performing works for these companies has taken her touring throughout Asia, Canada, Europe, South America, Singapore, The U.K. and to New York City.

Karissa has presented her own work at the Ballet BC mentor program, BC Buds, Brief Encounters, Cecchetti Dance Theatre, Dancing on the Edge, Dance Deck Cinq, Expanse Festival, Small Stage, la Petite Scène, Modus Operandi Training Program, Twelve Minutes Max, and self-produced a full-length evening “STRATEGY THREE” which included commissioned works and a dance on film project in which she produced, performed and
edited.

As an instructor for the professional contemporary community as well as students, Karissa teaches ballet, contemporary, and conditioning techniques.

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Brianna Lombardo / Grouped'ArtGravelArtGroup (Montreal)
Oct
23
10:00 AM10:00

Brianna Lombardo / Grouped'ArtGravelArtGroup (Montreal)

  • Decidedly Jazz Danceworks | Studio 1 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

$15 | Drop-in
Attending | Professional Community
Focus | Technique


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

 

The class is a mix of set and improvisational work. Brianna’s own training is highly influenced in yoga and chi kung and these practices are present in class. With a large focus on floorwork and moving with momentum, the goal is to find a powerful strong body that remains supple and able to react in the moment.

The class will involve a warm up comprised of set floor work and explorations, standing work dealing with energy and building stamina and finish with phrases from the work « this duet that we’ve already done » which she will be performing at the festival. With an interest in staying in the moment and making decisions while working with set material.

BIOGRAPHY:

Brianna grew up and studied in Toronto at Toronto Dance Theatre and has been living and working in Montreal since 2002. She has worked with the companies Overtigo, Fondation Jean Pierre Perreault, Daniel Léveillé Danse and enjoys working and creating in close collaboration with Frédérick Gravel and the GAG, Mélanie Demers, company Mayday, Caroline Laurin Beaucage and Martin Messier and Sasha Ivanochko, to name a few. She is enjoying coming back to dance with new energy and a new point of view after a short hiatus to bring her baby twins into the world.

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Frédérick Gravel  (Montreal) | Repertory & Creative Process
Oct
21
1:00 PM13:00

Frédérick Gravel (Montreal) | Repertory & Creative Process

FREE
Attending | Professional Community
Focus | Repertory & Creative Process


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: 

Frédérick Gravel’s workshops are always related to his current choreographic research. This workshop will focus on an athletic and explosive body technique, on bringing the dancer’s attention to the present moment, and on accidents and risk management. Frédérick also takes interest in the dancers’ sensibility towards their presence on stage. He aspires to find a sort of dramaturgy of presence and is attentive to the relationship between dancers, in pairs or in groups. He will also share his improvisation tools in duet.

BIOGRAPHY:

The choreographer, dancer, musician and lighting designer Frédérick Gravel turns the structures of choreography upside down, merging into his work various elements from rock and performance art. Advocating the intermingling of cultures and disciplines, the works of Frédérick Gravel are created in close collaboration with all members of Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup (GAG), a shifting collective of dancers and musicians .

His productions Gravel Works (2009), Tout se pète la gueule, chérie (2010), Usually Beauty Fails (2012) have received great national and international reviews. He co-created with the author Étienne Lepage Ainsi parlait... (2013) and Logique du pire (2016). In February 2015, he revisited the cabaret style at Usine C, presenting Cabaret Gravel with 20 guest artists, including Dear Criminals and the Molinari Quartet. Always present where least expected, he collaborated with Pierre Lapointe on Mutantès (2008).

More and more active as a teacher, Frédérick Gravel regularly gives creative workshops as well as teaching at CÉGEP Saint-Hyacinthe’s theater department, at Université du Québec à Montréal and at l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal.

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Shay Kuebler (Vancouver)
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Shay Kuebler (Vancouver)

  • Decidedly Jazz Danceworks | Studio 3 (map)
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$15 | Drop-in
Attending | Professional Community
Focus | Technique


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Shay's artistic background began in theatre and martial arts, and continues to grow and be influenced through numerous forms of dance and movement techniques. The class will be influenced by martial arts, urban dance and contemporary dance - allowing for the introduction of new learned techniques as well as new personal approaches to movement.

BIOGRAPHY:

Shay began his artistic development at the age of 5 with dramatic arts at Stage Polaris Theatre Academy, and with martial arts in Shito-Ryu Karate. His early artistic growth would lead to dance and a versatile background in Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Ballet. He continues to develop and further his artistic practice through travel and intensive study, which has included study in music, theatre, dance and martial arts in Brazil, Japan and China.

As a performer, he has worked in the fields of Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary Dance, Circus Arts, Film and Theatre. He most recently performed in “Polaris” with Kidd Pivot, in association Sadler’s Wells and NYU, and is currently touring “Monumental” with The Holy Body Tattoo and God Speed! You Black Emperor.

Shay recently completed directing and choreographing the new aqua show “The Fine Line” for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and premiered and toured his company’s pieces “Telemetry” and “Glory” in 2017.

Shay has worked exclusively as an educator and choreographer for Simon Fraser University, L’Ecole Du Danse Quebec and The London Contemporary Dance School. As a choreographer, he’s choreographed for numerous industrials, commercials and films including choreography for Kyocera phones, Bravo television network, Denner grocer in Switzerland, HP computers and The Vancouver Film School.

He has choreographed and directed works for CitieBallet, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens, Moment Factory and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. He was co-founder of The 605 Collective, and as the founder and Artistic Director of Shay Kuebler Radical System Art, Shay has produced and directed three full-evening works Karoshi, Glory and Telemetry and will be premiering a new full-eveningsolo performance work “Feasting on Famine” in the fall of 2017.

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Anne Thériault / Grouped'ArtGravelArtGroup  (Montreal)
Oct
19
12:00 PM12:00

Anne Thériault / Grouped'ArtGravelArtGroup (Montreal)

  • University of Calgary | Aux Gym (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

$15 | Drop-in
Attending | University of Calgary & Community Drop-In
Focus | Technique


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Seeking to share and deepen the research she has been working on for multiple years on body and performance, she focuses on the performer’s various behaviours and physical intentions when he interacts with his artistic environment. This training will give performers a global state of their body. They will be offered explorations, improvisation sessions and various exercises that will bring out their imagination and sensations.

BIOGRAPHY: 

Anne Thériault is active on the dance scene in a number of forms. As a dancer, she collaborates since 2007 with Marie Brassard, Nicolas Cantin, Danielle Desnoyers, Frédérick Gravel, Jean-Sébastien Lourdais, Dave St-Pierre, and many others. As a creator, she continues to work on her personal choreographic research and multiplies artistic collaborations, including with sound artist Martin Messer and visual artist Julie Favreau. Anne also shares her artistic values through teaching since 2005.

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Sara Porter (Toronto) | Memoir & Movement – starting points
Oct
19
10:00 AM10:00

Sara Porter (Toronto) | Memoir & Movement – starting points

  • University of Calgary | Dance Studio KNA163 (map)
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Attending | SCPA Dance Majors Only


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Memoir & Movement – starting points

Using tools from creative writing, contemporary dance improvisation and voice work, Sara Porter leads a workshop that extrapolates from her one-woman show – Sara does a Solo – to explore aspects of memoir and personal movement. Drawing on personal experience and the uniqueness of each person’s body, we will mine our memories for stories in words and movement, creating vignettes and text as springboards for dancing.


BIOGRAPHY:

Sara Porter is a multi-faceted artist, performer, writer and teacher with a distinctive voice and a broad palette. Celebrated for her “daring imagination” (Toronto Star) and being "wickedly funny" (Dance International), Porter’s newest one-woman show Sara does a Solo – created with collaborators Gerry Trentham and Katherine Duncanson – continues to tour in Canada and the US to acclaim.

Porter has created over twenty-five multi-disciplinary, dance and performance works since 1990, including Blossom, a work about erotic poetry that compares women to flowers, Those Penetrating Dreams, a spoof on Harlequin Romancenovels, and her iconic solo Opus Ornithologicus: the great bird work that was invited to Scotland’s Holyrood Palace to perform for Prince Charles. She has toured to festivals and theatres in Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, St. John’s, Halifax, Madrid, Edinburgh, Glasgow, New York City, and San Francisco. Her commissions include work for Toronto Dance Theatre, Compagnie Petit Jeu, and Scotland’s National Youth Music Theatre, and she has performed with Pleaides Theatre, and Autumn Leaf.

Porter trained in music, theatre, contemporary dance, clown, writing and choreography in England and Montreal. She has a BA (Fine Arts, Acadia U) and an MA (Dance Studies, U Surrey). As a writer, Porter has contributed to books, magazines and newspapers in Canada, the US and UK. She is author of the biography Peter in Process: Peter’s Boneham’s 60 years in dance (2010). As a teacher, she has been on faculty – teaching both studio and theory – at York University dance department (Toronto) and Edinburgh’s Telford College (Scotland), as well as guest teaching in programs in Canada and Scotland.

A native Nova Scotia, Sara was based in Montreal (1990-95), and Edinburgh (1995-98), before settling in Toronto in 1998. Current project: Sara will premiere a new solo by New York’s Douglas Dunn, a duet with Montreal’s Sarah Bild, and her own new self-solo about dancing + writing in Toronto in 2018.

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Danny Nielsen / Tap
Oct
19
9:15 AM09:15

Danny Nielsen / Tap

  • Decidedly Jazz Danceworks | Tap Studio (map)
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$15 | Drop-in
Attending | DJD Company & Professional Community
Focus | Tap Technique


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

This class will focus on musicality and phrasing. We will take the time to understand how to use our basic technique to form a phrase and how that plays into improvisation.

BIOGRAPHY:

Danny Nielsen is originally from Calgary, AB, where he began tap dancing at the age of 8 under the direction of Gail Scott. He furthered his training in his teens by joining MADD Rhythms Canada under the direction of Lisa La Touche and travelling to tap festivals across Canada and the U.S.  At the age of 20, Danny was hired by the highly regarded jazz company Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, which lead to having featured choreographies in their productions of Tinge and Tone and 25.

In 2010, Danny became the ‘Artist in Residence’ at the Vancouver Tap Society, where he directed the boys program, the girls program, and youth ensemble Tap Co with the Society for 2 years. During his time in Vancouver, Danny was a part of many productions including A Chronological Life Story of a Few Tap Dancers with Matt Shields and Travis Knights, Stark Pulse with Jessie Sawyers, and the original tap dancer in the creation of Taps and Twang with the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble. In 2012, Danny was the recipient of the Santa Aloi Award from the Scotiabank Dance Centre. He later used the grant to create and direct his first full length production Love.Be.Best.Free, which just finished touring BC for 3 and a half weeks in February of 2017.

Danny has emerged onto the international tap scene as a soloist, having performed at various tap festivals in Germany, Switzerland, Brazil, Houston, Portland, North Carolina to name a few. Television credits include the worldwide broadcast of the 2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies and the opening number for the 2008 Jerry Lewis Telethon choreographed by Chloe Arnold in Las Vegas, NV.

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Anne Thériault / Grouped'ArtGravelArtGroup  (Montreal)
Oct
18
10:00 AM10:00

Anne Thériault / Grouped'ArtGravelArtGroup (Montreal)

  • Decidedly Jazz Danceworks | Studio 3 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

$15 | Drop-in
Attending | Professional Community Drop-in
Focus | Technique


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Seeking to share and deepen the research she has been working on for multiple years on body and performance, she focuses on the performer’s various behaviours and physical intentions when he interacts with his artistic environment. This training will give performers a global state of their body. They will be offered explorations, improvisation sessions and various exercises that will bring out their imagination and sensations.

BIOGRAPHY: 

Anne Thériault is active on the dance scene in a number of forms. As a dancer, she collaborates since 2007 with Marie Brassard, Nicolas Cantin, Danielle Desnoyers, Frédérick Gravel, Jean-Sébastien Lourdais, Dave St-Pierre, and many others. As a creator, she continues to work on her personal choreographic research and multiplies artistic collaborations, including with sound artist Martin Messer and visual artist Julie Favreau. Anne also shares her artistic values through teaching since 2005.

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Karen and Allen Kaeja (Toronto) | Feasting on Movement and Momentum
Oct
13
12:00 PM12:00

Karen and Allen Kaeja (Toronto) | Feasting on Movement and Momentum

  • University of Calgary | Dance Studio KNA163 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Attending |  SCPA Dance Majors Only

Allen and Karen Kaeja rank amongst the best authorities in Canada in contact improvisation. Their partnering work is inspiring to watch and, as teachers, they bring an incredible expertise, knowledge and energy.
— Nadia Potts, Ryerson University, Former Dance Department Chair

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Taught by one of Canada’s premiere dancing duos, Karen and Allen thrive on inspired moments, where catching risk in motion and instantaneously responding to a series of impulsive actions guide their dance. Feasting on a range of movement possibilities, they focus on the dance that is elicited from both movers and witnesses, investigating gesture and movement infused by identity and meaning, ripening our physical presence in the world. The foundation of the warm ups, lead us through their aesthetic of their sensorial approach and Kaeja Elevations, practicing articulate and sophisticated responses to the point of contact, multi-level movement and escalating the opportunities for momentum through the unpredictability of the moment.

Kaeja Elevations defined and created by Allen Kaeja, are developed from three decades of refined exploration and collaboration with Karen Kaeja. Kaeja sensorial warm up process and approach to partnering and improvisation, is co-developed by Karen and Allen Kaeja.


BIOGRAPHY:

Together, Karen and Allen Kaeja have been harnessing and honing contact informed principles for 30 years, propelling their work around the world. Their partnering approach and instincts for practicing and teaching has been celebrated by festivals and institutions and been commissioned by dance companies and broadcasters. They are on faculty at Ryerson University and the School of the Toronto Dance Theatre and teach world-wide. 

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Karen and Allen Kaeja (Toronto) | Feasting on Movement and Momentum
Oct
12
12:00 PM12:00

Karen and Allen Kaeja (Toronto) | Feasting on Movement and Momentum

  • University of Calgary | Aux Gym (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

$15 | Drop-in
Attending | University of Calgary & Community Drop-In
Focus | Partnering & Improvisation

Allen and Karen Kaeja rank amongst the best authorities in Canada in contact improvisation. Their partnering work is inspiring to watch and, as teachers, they bring an incredible expertise, knowledge and energy.
— Nadia Potts, Ryerson University, Former Dance Department Chair

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Taught by one of Canada’s premiere dancing duos, Karen and Allen thrive on inspired moments, where catching risk in motion and instantaneously responding to a series of impulsive actions guide their dance. Feasting on a range of movement possibilities, they focus on the dance that is elicited from both movers and witnesses, investigating gesture and movement infused by identity and meaning, ripening our physical presence in the world. The foundation of the warm ups, lead us through their aesthetic of their sensorial approach and Kaeja Elevations, practicing articulate and sophisticated responses to the point of contact, multi-level movement and escalating the opportunities for momentum through the unpredictability of the moment.

Kaeja Elevations defined and created by Allen Kaeja, are developed from three decades of refined exploration and collaboration with Karen Kaeja. Kaeja sensorial warm up process and approach to partnering and improvisation, is co-developed by Karen and Allen Kaeja.


BIOGRAPHY:

Together, Karen and Allen Kaeja have been harnessing and honing contact informed principles for 30 years, propelling their work around the world. Their partnering approach and instincts for practicing and teaching has been celebrated by festivals and institutions and been commissioned by dance companies and broadcasters. They are on faculty at Ryerson University and the School of the Toronto Dance Theatre and teach world-wide. 

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