S-02 / From the Inside Out
In the frame of Sommer Tanz 2020 - Update coming 5.6.20!
The classes on contemporary dance practice are influenced by Nelson’s over 35 years of continuing study in somatic practices, including Klein Technique™ and the Feldenkrais Method®, as well as other techniques such as Alexander Technique® and Body-Mind Centering®. The focus of this workshop is to integrate this investigation and physical research into dynamic movement. We work to improve alignment and establish connections through our bony structure – the skeleton – as a source of power and stability, by accessing the deep supporting muscles and allowing mobility and suppleness in the superficial muscles. The class emphasizes the connection to and use of the floor; and encourages a deepening awareness of the whole body as a way to learn and to develop articulate and expressive movement. We will incorporate a variety of approaches including hands-on work in partners, leading into improvisation or simple activities and exercises that help give us the oppor- tunity to really experience some of these ideas in a physical way and find new ways of coordinating movement. The class progresses slowly, in order to allow the process of integrating this new awareness and new co-ordinations into our body’s movement patterns, and builds gradually towards full out dancing.
Jeremy Nelson, Associate Professor in Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, is a dancer/choreographer and former member of the Siobhan Davies Dancers and Second Stride Dance companies in London, and Stephen Petronio Dance Company in New York. He has also danced in the work of Mia Lawrence, David Zambrano, Susan Rethorst, Luis Lara Malvacias, and in his own work, and with improviser Kirstie Simson. He received a New York Dance and performance Bessie Award for outstanding performance in 1991 and a Guggenheim Fellowship for choreography in 2004. From 2009- 2015, he served as the director of dance education department of Danish National Academy of Performing Arts. He is a faculty member of Movement Research in New York and over the past more than 35 years has taught classes/workshops in over 30 countries at venues including a.o. American Dance Festival, ImPulsTanz, P.A.R.T.S., and the Sasha Waltz Company.