LAYERS is a platform for movement-based techniques and concepts that will present sessions and workshops designed to facilitate exploration and discovery. It begins with a two-day workshop this April that will bring together LA-based teachers and dance artists to investigate somatic applications to movement and in-depth improvisational exploration.
6 sessions // 2 days
April 9-10 at ARC, Pasadena
1158 East Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, California 91106
1 session // $25
1 day (3 sessions) // $65
2 days (6 sessions // $115
The first 5 full workshop slots are available for $100!
Sunday, April 9:
12-2pm: Andrew Pearson
2:30-4:30pm: Kevin Williamson
5-7pm: Gracie Whyte
Monday, April 10:
11am-1pm: Alexx Shilling
1:30-4pm: Mollie Wolf
4:30-6:30pm: Lionel Popkin
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register + with any questions; go to www.faceboom.com/layersLA for more info.
Andrew Pearson: 4/9: 12-2pm
Operating under the belief that dance, at its core, is a social activity, I use movement to study and comment on human relationships. I am curious about the marriage between formal dance training and freeform social dance. How can we develop our technical abilities in a way that enhances our instincts for authentic response while adhering to choreographic form? This workshop will be aimed at exploring this question and curiosity.
As a dance technique educator, my approach to training has been informed by my background in Bartinieff fundamentals, improvisation, ballet, release technique practices, and American Modern Dance techniques. As an active dancer, my teaching follows current trends and seeks to prepare dancers for the needs and challenges of today's dance world. I have developed a class that emphasizes body knowledge, efficiency in movement, individual expression, and fun. We move in and out of the floor in both choreographed and improvised exercises to explore the mechanics of our skeleton in order to find physical autonomy as we partner our body with space.
Kevin Williamson, 4/9: 2:30-4:30pm
Moving with improvisation/evocative imagery and diving into the subtleties of you. This choreographic workshop is designed to get you feeling, desiring, and spilling physically into the world – and then supports your crafting of idiosyncratic sequences based on personal reflection, pair-share, and observation. We will sharpen our lens and embodiment of qualities that MOVE us and locate things. Our aim is have worked through/out/on our psychophysical cravings to dance and compose with zest and originality.
Gracie Whyte, 4/9: 5-7pm
This session will focus on learning and experimenting with floorwork technique principles aimed at developing skills in smoothly changing levels with emphasis on softening into the floor, clarity of dynamic movement qualities, and travelling through space by lowering the center of gravity. Focused largely on upper-body strengthening and cardiovascular conditioning to exhaust the body, this workshop will encourage dancers to move instinctually with both speed and silence. Challenging both the body and mind, the first half of the workshop culminates in a creation period, where dancers test their knowledge of the basic floorwork technique principles to create across the floor passes. The remainder of the workshop is centered on learning a more full-bodied phrase, concentrating on spinal articulation, suspension and release, and the command of space while smoothly changing levels. Dancers will use the framework provided as a skeleton to develop their artistic individuality with room to manipulate the movement and utilize dynamics, musicality and momentum through provided tasks. This incorporates themes from the first half of the class in allowing the dancer to be creatively and physically expressive in their inherent, unique way of moving.
Alexx Shilling, 4/10: 11am-1pm
Rage_Walk_Rise is an ongoing process / practice that began during my time as CHIME grantee, and has since developed with performers Alison D'Amato and Devika Wickremesinghe.
Rage_Walk_Rise uses walking and gliding as jumping off points for dancing.
The practice allows us to be curious about the slippage between everyday movement and something that can be identified as dancing.
We can linger in the inbetweens.
We can taste a movement idea for awhile,
attentive to the composition of a group but not beholden to it.
Rage_Walk_Rise lets us question formal structures as well as wild, open scores
and the way the two inform and/or bump up against each other.
We will explore solo and group scores, create and learn phrase material inspired by our practice, and work towards building long form dance structures that combine both scores and phrases.
In Los Angeles, where walking isn't always a part of our everyday, we will create a safe space to walk to our hearts and bodies' content, remembering the places our legs have taken us and our ancestors.
Mollie Wolf, 4/10: 1:30-4pm
Weighted Bodies - A Somatic Class
Combining concepts from contact improvisation, release technique, and somatic practices, this workshop’s aim is to widen our understanding of our bodies’ weight and how it can be utilized to connect us to and propel us through our surroundings. We will use somatic partnering and contact improvisation to help each other gain an intimate knowledge of our own individual bodies and the way that our weight is organized. We will feed our curiosities about physics and the way that we can use our weight and energy to interact with gravity, friction and inertia. And we will challenge ourselves as risk-takers to approach our own weight with more boldness.
Lionel Popkin: 4/10: 4:30-6:30pm
Skinner Releasing Technique
SRT uses imagery, sound and hands-on tactile studies to facilitate a deeper kinesthetic experience of movement. It is based on the principle that by releasing tension and habitual holding patterns we can move more freely and articulately. Spontaneous dancing evoked by imagery enables students to explore technical principles such as multi-directional alignment, suppleness, economy, suspension and autonomy while simultaneously cultivating the creative process of integrating and engaging the whole self.