10 weeks – $500* (3 participants per class)
Sundays 11 January – 15 March 2015, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
IGAC Studio at Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St. Suite 103
“I had … breakthrough experien[ces] … that have deepened my understanding, confidence & commitment in improvisation.” – Former participant
In this master-class format workshop we use the pared-down structure of unaccompanied solo improvisation to discover what each participant is doing when they improvise, clarify what they would like to be doing, and practice staying connected to their intention, or score, in performance. Beginning with one-minute improvisations, students will be led in a focused process involving dancing, reflecting, observing and more dancing as they build toward 10-minute improvisations in the final class. Additional exercises will be introduced to elucidate specific concerns and interests as they arise. Each class will begin with 30 minutes of silent self-directed warm-up/practice. An optional informal showing of work will take place at the end of the session.
This class is designed for dancers interested in moving beyond habitual blocks and limitations, developing presence, skill and impact in improvised performance and establishing their own body of improvisation-based work. Practitioners in related fields seeking advanced study are also welcome.
Dawne Carleton’s work as a dance artist, instructor and creative process facilitator is rooted in an improvisation practice that spans over 20 years. She received a Canada Council grant for Masters-level studies at the European Dance Development Center in the Netherlands. Carleton is a choreographer who “enhance[s] our understanding of who and what we are as embodied creatures” (The Dance Current). She brings a deep sense of listening to creative process facilitation sessions with artists from diverse fields. Carleton also leads Group Practice, a weekly space for movement research and dialogue.
* $150 non-refundable deposit upon registration; remainder of fees in monthly instalments. Drop-in possible Jan. 11. Discounts available for CADA-ON, DTRC and Series 8:08 members.