Saturday, May 16, 2009

DAG Memorial Day Weekend Dance Extravaganza

Memorial Day Weekend Dance Extravaganza

Have a staycation this Memorial Day Weekend! Join Dance Art Group for a weekend of dance workshops, the 15th annual Bare Bones Benefit performances and party, and a big fat dance jam to finish it off.

WORKSHOPS :: FRIDAY, MAY 22 :: Fremont Abbey, 4272 Fremont Ave N

10am-1pm :: BUTOH: CONNECTING THE DOTS with Jyl Brewer
The beauty & strength of Butoh lies within the "MA," "the space between." The dance itself is the vibrant energy field which holds together & contains the movements. We will enhance this energy field through awareness using physical tools & breath, contacting personal intent, & using images which allow the mind & body to let go of conscious & unconscious limitations & judgments. Free yourself into a more creative, vibrant dance which naturally integrates into daily life.

Jyl Shinjo Brewer has been a Butoh dancer for 20 years training in Japan under Kazuo Ohno, performing extensively in Japan, Europe & America. She lived & trained full-time in Sogenji Zen Monastery in Japan for 11 years.

2-5pm :: DANCING TOGETHER with Sheri Cohen
We will use touching, listening & vision exercises to warm ourselves deeply, attune our senses & stimulate our imaginations. Through witnessing & other partner forms, we will bring our internal images out to be seen & shared. Group dancing scores will give us an opportunity to share our images & experiences with others through clear actions, & to make dances together.

Sheri Cohen is an award-winning choreographer, improviser and performer. She has taught at Cornish College, Oberlin College, Evergreen University, & in many other grassroots-organized workshops since 1992. She also teaches hatha yoga & is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner(cm).


WORKSHOPS :: SATURDAY, MAY 23 :: Open Flight Studio, 4205 University Way NE

9am-noon :: THE GRADUATED DROPOUT with Scott Davis
Take a soft, connected ride to the floor. We will build on basic Contact Improvisation techniques toward a place where we can trust a shared release to the ground. We'll focus on keeping our centers connected even during a descent. We'll move step by step away from bumps & disconnections to soft, controlled, melting dropouts.

W. Scott Davis is a Seattle-based artist with an eclectic background in contemporary dance, improvisational dance & physical theater performance. His work includes seven years with Lingo dancetheater & multiple collaborative projects with LeGendre Performance, Phfffft Dance, Acorn Dance & Loon Soup Theater Troupe.

1:30-4:30pm :: RELATING TO with Jurg Koch
This workshop will explore the time & space relationship through solo, partnering & group work, through scores oscillating between improvisation & set work, specific parameters & open play.

Jurg Koch (MA LCDS London, Faculty UW Seattle). Working with CandoCo with disabled & non-disabled performers, dancing in contemporary repertory & choreographing inform Jurg's artistic and pedagogic outlook. He is currently working with Lyn Goeringer (new media) & dancers Alia Swersky & Joseph Anderson on ab:from/to, a dance performance installation for On the Boards' Northwest New Works Festival.


15th annual BARE BONES BENEFIT for Dance Art Group!
Performances . Auction . Party
Hosted by the dazzling Jasper McCann of the Atomic Bombshells,
with performances by Paige Barnes, Scott Davis, Maureen Freehill, Beth Graczyk,
Kristin Hapke, Aiko Kinoshita, Jurg Koch, and more!
Annex Theatre, 1100 E Pike St


WORKSHOP & JAM :: SUNDAY, MAY 24 :: Fremont Abbey, 4272 Fremont Ave N

10am-12pm :: CONTEMPLATIVE DANCE PRACTICE with Alia Swersky
Contemplative Dance Practice (CDP) was developed by Barbara Dilley of Naropa University. CDP is a three-part form consisting of sitting meditation, personal warm-up, & open movement space. This practice allows for deep connection to the language of your own body, offers an opportunity to witness, & a rich open space of improvisational play.

Alia Swersky is a movement artist, improviser, performer & teacher. She creates work & collaborates with many Seattle artists, taught at University Prep for six years, is an adjunct faculty member at Cornish College of the Arts, teaches yoga, & is a Co-Artistic Director of Dance Art Group.

The long-running weekly dance jam at Velocity Dance Center relocates for the day to the Fremont Abbey for this special extra-long jam to benefit Dance Art Group!

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REGISTER at Dance Art Group

$125: All Workshops, Contemplative Dance Practice, Jam
$35: One Workshop; $5 off each additional workshop
$25: Contemplative Dance Practice
$5-15: Jam

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