Denise Fujiwara | Embodiment Butoh
Oct
19
11:00 AM11:00

Denise Fujiwara | Embodiment Butoh

$15 | Drop-in 

Location | DJD Dance Centre - Studio TBA

Attending | Decidedly Jazz & Professional Community

Focus | Embodiment Butoh 

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION


Using principles of Butoh, the Japanese postmodern dance-theatre practice, we transcend form and steps to discover dance that is specific, embodied and that cultivates creativity.

BIOGRAPHY
Denise Fujiwara began a series of overlapping careers starting in childhood as a gymnast, became a Canadian Champion in Rhythmic Gymnastics and competed internationally for Canada. Upon completing an Honours B.F.A. in Dance at York University, she became one of the founders of T.I.D.E. (Toronto Independent Dance Enterprise), a now-defunct but still notorious company that danced across Canada for 10 years.

She is a recipient of the Toronto Arts Foundation Award for International Achievement in Dance. EUNOIA, a multimedia work based on Christian Bök’s Griffin Poetry Prize winning book, premiered at World Stage in Toronto and was nominated for three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, named one of NOW’s Top 5 Dance Shows of 2014 and began national touring in 2015. Her six solo dance concerts have garnered praise and have toured to festivals across Canada, and in the U.S.A., South America, Europe and Asia. She receives choreography commissions and teaches at home and abroad. She co-founded the CanAsian Dance Festival in 1997 and continues as the Artistic Director.   She developed the KickStart Festival to support Canadian choreographers who are interested in utilizing Asian practices, ideas, aesthetics and/or dance-based forms, and are interested in addressing contemporary issues that question, expand and/or deepen their current dance practices to create dance that is distinct and pushes the choreographer’s knowledge, skills and aesthetics. www.fujiwaradance.com

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Lesley Telford | Repertoire
Oct
19
3:00 PM15:00

Lesley Telford | Repertoire

$15 | Drop-in 

Location | Alberta Ballet School

Attending | Alberta Ballet Student and Community

Focus | Repertory

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION


Lesley Telford is offering a 2-hour workshop of her choreographic work. Lesley was a dancer and choreographer with Netherlands Dans Theatre 1 and her work is influenced by the technicality and intensity of her history. In this workshop, she will teach and delve into an excerpt of one of her pieces. Her work explores the body’s instinctive response systems. She often creates by building situations that can propel dancers into something they didn’t predict.  The workshop will research the source of movements in approaching dance through dramaturgy.

BIOGRAPHY


Lesley Telford is based in Vancouver, Canada as choreographer and director of Inverso Productions as well as leading the Performance Research Project at Arts Umbrella's Professional Dance Program. As a dancer, she worked with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Compañia Nacional de Danza and most recently, Netherlands Dans Theater 1. Lesley has choreographed for dance companies throughout Europe and North America, including Netherlands Dans Theater 1, Ballet BC, Hubbard Street Dance Company 2, and Compañia Nacional de Danza, among others. She was selected by Crystal Pite for the Vancouver Mayor's Arts Award in 2015. Lesley also has a Master of Cultural Production from the University of Salzburg. Her company, Inverso Productions, has toured to Spain, the Netherlands and Canada and is currently developing Spooky Action, supported by the Canada Council, the BC Arts Council and a residency at The Dance Centre.

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Denise Fujiwara | Embodiment Butoh
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Denise Fujiwara | Embodiment Butoh

$15 | Drop-in 

Location | DJD Dance Centre - Studio TBA

Attending | Culturally Curious, Theatre and Dance Community

Focus | Embodiment Butoh 

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION


Using principles of Butoh, the Japanese postmodern dance-theatre practice, we transcend form and steps to discover dance that is specific, embodied and that cultivates creativity.

BIOGRAPHY


Denise Fujiwara began a series of overlapping careers starting in childhood as a gymnast, became a Canadian Champion in Rhythmic Gymnastics and competed internationally for Canada. Upon completing an Honours B.F.A. in Dance at York University, she became one of the founders of T.I.D.E. (Toronto Independent Dance Enterprise), a now-defunct but still notorious company that danced across Canada for 10 years.

She is a recipient of the Toronto Arts Foundation Award for International Achievement in Dance. EUNOIA, a multimedia work based on Christian Bök’s Griffin Poetry Prize winning book, premiered at World Stage in Toronto and was nominated for three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, named one of NOW’s Top 5 Dance Shows of 2014 and began national touring in 2015. Her six solo dance concerts have garnered praise and have toured to festivals across Canada, and in the U.S.A., South America, Europe and Asia. She receives choreography commissions and teaches at home and abroad. She co-founded the CanAsian Dance Festival in 1997 and continues as the Artistic Director.   She developed the KickStart Festival to support Canadian choreographers who are interested in utilizing Asian practices, ideas, aesthetics and/or dance-based forms, and are interested in addressing contemporary issues that question, expand and/or deepen their current dance practices to create dance that is distinct and pushes the choreographer’s knowledge, skills and aesthetics. www.fujiwaradance.com

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Heather Ware | Contemporary Technique & Creative Practice
Oct
24
10:00 AM10:00

Heather Ware | Contemporary Technique & Creative Practice

$15 | Drop-in

Location | DJD Dance Centre - Studio TBA

Attending | Professional Dance Community

Focus | Contemporary Technique & Creative Practice

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

A body in conflict searches for balance, for resolution. A paralytic state of fear is somehow made bearable by ones own physical being. What is needed within a person to move forward when every instinct is screaming to stop. What if you can’t go back, what if you can’t downclimb. Can we give ourselves over to the beauty of falling apart?

 In the most recent performance of choreographer Heather Ware, the impulse to create came from a study of risk, and how we as individuals and as a community deal with the sometimes euphoric and sometimes tragic consequences of living a risk filled life. 

For her newest creation, A Fine Kind of Madness, Heather takes one step backwards from risk, to study the underlying notion of safety. Safety is a necessity in order for risk to be a possible choice. And for so many in the world at this moment in time, safety seems far from given. Is safety something that we as individuals can create for ourselves? What do we need in order to create a sense of personal safety in a world in which safety is not created for us? And when we find that sense of safety why is it the instinctive nature of mankind to instantly put that at risk again?

In this workshop, the dancers will follow Heather’s working methodology as part of the creation process, as well as look specifically at the technique behind the physical language. The class portion focuses on building the dynamic range of the body, the ability to co-ordinate and conversely deconstruct the body’s natural co-ordination. The combinations are created to trigger the connection between brain and body and to understand the different muscle tensions possible within our dance. The relation of the body to the space in which we move plays a crucial role. Class material is derived from Heather’s choreographic works, and the dancers will be given the underlying tasks upon which the material is based. The tasks are built upon Heather’s search for the physical language to embody this new performance, and ask for the dancers to be both emotionally open and physically creative. The musicality of the dancing body is brought strongly to focus. Breath plays an integral role and the dancers are encouraged to listen to the dance they and their fellow dancers create. 

BIOGRAPHY


Since 2003 Heather has been a celebrated dancer with LeineRoebana in Amsterdam (Netherlands). In 2010 Heather was awarded de Zwaan (the Swan) for most impressive dance performance of the year.

From 2015-2017 Heather was the recipient of a Nieuwe Makers Traject (talent development grant) awarded by the Dutch performing arts council (Fonds Podiumkunsten).

As a choreographer Heather is known for her work with live music, and has a long standing collaboration with cellist Jakob Koranyi, with whom she has created Reapproaching Bach and Battle Abbey (2017). Other collaborators include: violist Oene van Geel, baritone Mattijs van de Woerd and mezzo-soprano Cora Burgraaf. Her work has been presented throughout Europe and has been supported by Banff Centre (Canada), Kulturhuset i Ytterjärna (Sweden) and Podium Bloos (Netherlands).

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Jennifer Dallas | WorkingClass
Oct
25
10:00 AM10:00

Jennifer Dallas | WorkingClass

$15 | Drop-in

Location | DJD Dance Centre - Studio TBA

Attending | Professional Dance Community

Focus | Working Class - Dance, Theatre, Clown


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION


Jennifer Dallas’s approach to technique class is informed by practice, exploration, and research spanning four continents and 10 years. WorkingClass employs clown-theatre, and dance in a deeply somatic approach structured to understand and free the body from within. Dallas fuses a playful relationship to music with the pursuit of pleasure in physical movement, using elements of clowning (Pochinko Clown) and Mary Overlie’s Viewpoints. A physical movement practice, WorkingClass utilizes and familiarizes the

body with rhythm, textures, and states to fully coordinate the body, voice and mind in training and performance. WorkingClass begins with improvisation and self-exploration, moves through collective engagement, and finishes with choreography, all with an eye to disrupting the practitioner’s habits, notions of performance and training. These classes are rigorous and fun, we dance with and for each other.


BIOGRAPHY

Hailing from the Canadian Rockies, Jennifer Dallas is the founder of Toronto-based Kẹmi Contemporary Dance Projects (Kẹmi). In 2017 she was the recipient of the Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding Female Performance (Kittly-Bender).

Jennifer has over a decade of professional experience spanning four continents. She began her formal dance training in ballet, later graduating from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Her work abroad in Burkina Faso, Nigeria, South Africa, Russia, and Israel has earned her critical acclaim, culminating in 2015 with a 7-city Canadian tour (Idiom) that highlighted her collaborative work with Burkinabe artist Bienvenue Bazié.

Identified by Dance Current magazine as “someone on the Canadian dance scene to pay attention to” (2015). Dallas is an artistic visionary who brings a unique combination of technical skill and playful insight to her work.

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Vanessa Goodman | Technique
Oct
26
11:00 AM11:00

Vanessa Goodman | Technique

$15 | Drop-in 

Location | DJD Dance Centre - Studio TBA

Attending | Decidedly Jazz & Professional Community

Focus | Contemporary Dance Technique


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

Exploring what is real and what is imagined Vanessa's class plays with the possibility of the bodies capacity. We will work through systems of anatomical organisation and curiosity of state. This workshop begins with guided hands-on bodywork and moves into physical tasks preparing your body for the day ahead.  


BIOGRAPHY

Hailing from the Canadian Rockies, Jennifer Dallas is the founder of Toronto-based Kẹmi Contemporary Dance Projects (Kẹmi). In 2017 she was the recipient of the Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding Female Performance (Kittly-Bender).

Jennifer has over a decade of professional experience spanning four continents. She began her formal dance training in ballet, later graduating from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Her work abroad in Burkina Faso, Nigeria, South Africa, Russia, and Israel has earned her critical acclaim, culminating in 2015 with a 7-city Canadian tour (Idiom) that highlighted her collaborative work with Burkinabe artist Bienvenue Bazié.

Identified by Dance Current magazine as “someone on the Canadian dance scene to pay attention to” (2015). Dallas is an artistic visionary who brings a unique combination of technical skill and playful insight to her work.

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7Starr | Krump
Oct
31
10:00 AM10:00

7Starr | Krump

$15 | Drop-in 

Location | University of Calgary, KN 163 - Dance Studio

Attending | U of C Dance Students & Community Drop-In

Focus | Krump


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

It is important to define what Krump is by explaining its history. The workshop begins with a focus on the origins, evolution and impact of Krump at the global and community level. The participants then learn the basic movements through sequences, team work and drills. This learning of several sequences allows students to better integrate the technique and helps the understand the discipline, an essential notion for learning the style.


BIOGRAPHY

7Starr is a Canadian Krump pioneer. He co-founded the first Krump crew in Canada, the Montreal Krump Alliance, and created Gutta Zone, the first and biggest Krump event in the country. He has been a guest battle competitor and judge internationally. 7Starr is recognized for his community involvement in underprivileged schools, charity organizations and community centres and was a recipient of the 2017 Victor Martyn Lynch Staunton award.

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Lucy M.May | Rustlin’ Vessels
Nov
1
10:00 AM10:00

Lucy M.May | Rustlin’ Vessels

$15 | Drop-in

Location | DJD Dance Centre - Studio TBA

Attending | Professional Dance Community

Focus | Movement Lab


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

Rustlin’ Vessels is a movement lab. Lucy guides physical explorations contaminated by the language of somatics, science, and poetry. Participants will work alone, in pairs and as a micro-community through improvisations of various forms, including freestyle composition, the use of analogy, witnessing, sign posts, systems, and touch. Current proposals constellate around possibilities : the porousness of time and place; a difference between feeling and sensation; music as a map. We will practice tensile power and muscular resistance. Bumping through big ideas, paying attention to detail, to each other, and to how we are positioned − Let it be resolved that dancing is a way of thinking in the world.




BIOGRAPHY

Lucy M. May is a contemporary dance artist and writer based in Montréal. Her performances, including Vivarium and Esemplastic Landing, often ask how environments thread their way through human movement. Formerly a member of Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Lucy continues to perform independently with artists such as Margie Gillis. A graduate of LADMMI and CODARTS, she began studying Krump in 2016, recently becoming a member of Jigsaw’s Grouch fam.

Lucy M. May. Photos © Michael Slobodian. Edit by Lucy M. May

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Hilary Maxwell | Contemporary Technique
Nov
1
12:00 PM12:00

Hilary Maxwell | Contemporary Technique

$15 | Drop-in 

Location | University of Calgary, Aux Gym

Attending | U of C Dance Students & Community Drop-In

Focus | Contemporary Improvisation / Repertoire


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

In this workshop, participants will be led through improvisational tasks used in the development of Isolated Studies by Josh Martin (Company 605), and learn sections of set material from the solo. Dancers will get a window into Martin’s process as they explore themes of disorientation and isolation in the body.


BIOGRAPHY

Hilary Maxwell is an independent dance artist based in Vancouver and holds a BA and MFA in Dance from the University of Calgary. She has worked as a performer and collaborator for such artists and companies as Serge Bennathan/Les Productions Figlio, Company 605 with German Jauregui/Ultima Vez, Judith Garay/dancers dancing, Paras Terezakis/Kinesis Dance somatheatro, Davida Monk/ M-body, and W&M Physical Theatre. She has performed in festivals and productions in Western Canada including PuSh Off, Dancing on the Edge, 12 Minutes Max, Prairie Dance Circuit, and the Fluid Movement Arts Festival. She is the Member Services Coordinator at The Dance Centre and sits on the board of directors of the Training Society of Vancouver and All Bodies Dance Project. Hilary is a contributing writer with Dance International magazine.

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Lisbeth Gruwez | BEYOND TECHNIQUE
Nov
2
12:00 PM12:00

Lisbeth Gruwez | BEYOND TECHNIQUE

$15 | Drop-in 

Location | University of Calgary, KN 163 - Dance Studio

Attending | U of C Dance Students & Community Drop-In

Focus | Beyond Technique


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

How to prepare the body to become a vessel of motion?
We start progressively always keeping an eye on the evolution of body and mind.
This workshop offers tools to experience a different way of training .
No technique class!


BIOGRAPHY


Lisbeth Gruwez (1977) is a Belgian dancer and choreographer, half of Voetvolk’s artistic team. She started practising classical ballet at the age of 6 and studied at the ‘Stedelijk Instituut voor Ballet’ (Antwerp), combining high school with a professional dance education. Once graduated, she joined P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels) to study contemporary dance.

In 1999 she started working with Jan Fabre, being part of his guerriers de la beauté. Having performed in As long as the world needs a warrior’s soul (2000) and Je suis sang (2001), she rose to international fame because of Quando l’uomo principale è una donna (2004), the solo Jan Fabre created specifically for (and with) her.

Apart from working with Fabre, she also collaborated with Ultima Vez (The Day of Heaven and Hell), Jan Lauwers|Needcompany (Images of Affection), Grace Ellen Barkey (Few Things), Riina Saastamoinen (Cry Me a River) and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Foi).

In 2007 she founded Voetvolk, together with Maarten Van Cauwenberghe. Their work is an ongoing conversation between corporal and auditive movement, in order to achieve a symbiosis between the aural and the visual/physical.

Apart from establishing her own choreographies with Voetvolk, Lisbeth Gruwez has danced in Arco Renz’ i!2, together with Melanie Lane, and she also played the leading role in Lost Persons Area, Caroline Strubbe’s first feature film.

Gruwez danced in videoclips for A Brand (“Hammerhead”), Juliette and the Licks (“Death of a Whore”), Dirk Braeckman (promoting A.F. Vandevorst’s winter collection) and MUGWUMP (“At the Front”).

She is also one of the “KVS faces”, the open ensemble of artists and thinkers associated with the Royal Flemish Theatre of Brussels.

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Lisbeth Gruwez | Creative Practice
Nov
3
11:00 AM11:00

Lisbeth Gruwez | Creative Practice

$15 | Drop-in 

Location | DJD Dance Centre - Studio TBA

Attending | Professional Dance Community

Focus | Creative Practice


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION


There is no magic formula ,when it comes to create .
How to shape and conduct our vessels of motion in order to serve an idea ?
There are no clear answers , only questions.
Creating is all about asking the right questions .
The method of creating is related to the art of asking questions.


BIOGRAPHY


Lisbeth Gruwez (1977) is a Belgian dancer and choreographer, half of Voetvolk’s artistic team. She started practising classical ballet at the age of 6 and studied at the ‘Stedelijk Instituut voor Ballet’ (Antwerp), combining high school with a professional dance education. Once graduated, she joined P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels) to study contemporary dance.

In 1999 she started working with Jan Fabre, being part of his guerriers de la beauté. Having performed in As long as the world needs a warrior’s soul (2000) and Je suis sang (2001), she rose to international fame because of Quando l’uomo principale è una donna (2004), the solo Jan Fabre created specifically for (and with) her.

Apart from working with Fabre, she also collaborated with Ultima Vez (The Day of Heaven and Hell), Jan Lauwers|Needcompany (Images of Affection), Grace Ellen Barkey (Few Things), Riina Saastamoinen (Cry Me a River) and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Foi).

In 2007 she founded Voetvolk, together with Maarten Van Cauwenberghe. Their work is an ongoing conversation between corporal and auditive movement, in order to achieve a symbiosis between the aural and the visual/physical.

Apart from establishing her own choreographies with Voetvolk, Lisbeth Gruwez has danced in Arco Renz’ i!2, together with Melanie Lane, and she also played the leading role in Lost Persons Area, Caroline Strubbe’s first feature film.

Gruwez danced in videoclips for A Brand (“Hammerhead”), Juliette and the Licks (“Death of a Whore”), Dirk Braeckman (promoting A.F. Vandevorst’s winter collection) and MUGWUMP (“At the Front”).

She is also one of the “KVS faces”, the open ensemble of artists and thinkers associated with the Royal Flemish Theatre of Brussels.

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7Starr | Krump
Nov
4
2:00 PM14:00

7Starr | Krump

$15 | Drop-in 

Location | Pulse Studios

Attending | Urban Dance Community

Focus | Krump


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

It is important to define what Krump is by explaining its history. The workshop begins with a focus on the origins, evolution and impact of Krump at the global and community level. The participants then learn the basic movements through sequences, team work and drills. This learning of several sequences allows students to better integrate the technique and helps the understand the discipline, an essential notion for learning the style.


BIOGRAPHY
7Starr
is a Canadian Krump pioneer. He co-founded the first Krump crew in Canada, the Montreal Krump Alliance, and created Gutta Zone, the first and biggest Krump event in the country. He has been a guest battle competitor and judge internationally. 7Starr is recognized for his community involvement in underprivileged schools, charity organizations and community centres and was a recipient of the 2017 Victor Martyn Lynch Staunton award.

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