This 20 session experiential Creative Lab will delve into the fundamental principles of composition in dance, and explore the various creative processes that lead to the development of dynamic choreography. We will discover how to build choreography from a single idea, and how choreographers take inspiration from other art forms such as visual art, music, architecture, and literature. Dancers are the physical, emotional and artistic instruments of the choreographer; knowing how to bring out their unique qualities, and communicating effectively with them is vital for a choreographer’s success.
Each student choreographer in the class will be a dancer for another choreographer, as we develop duets, trios and group studies, along with solo work. Finally, studying the repertory of master choreographers will enable us to deconstruct and apply the practices of well-crafted work. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in master classes and/or attend rehearsals or performances with leading dance companies and choreographers at The Wallis including: Twyla Tharp, Debbie Allen, Suzanne Farrell, Daniel Ezralow, and Judith Jamison.
This course will start on Sunday, September 6th with approximately 20 sessions (mostly on Monday nights, with some weekends) plus special events with select dance companies and artists at The Wallis. It will culminate in April 2016, with a concert of student work in the Goldsmith Theatre at The Wallis.