$15 | Drop-in
Location | University of Calgary Reeve Secondary Theatre
Attending | Professional Dance Community
Focus | Working Class - Dance, Theatre, Clown
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.
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.