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L370: Performance techniques

Embodied Presence is designed to foster a practice that promotes physical listening skills and ensemble decision-making.

The class goes on a quest to balance kinesthetic abandon with sharp decision-making. Students embrace the skills necessary to dance in contact with other bodies and devote time to unearthing distinct solo movement states. As ensemble creators they learn to slide along the continuum of narrative meaning and abstract logic.

We explore the underlying principles of contact improvisation and apply these skills to a broader context of performance. Embodied Presence introduces improvisational structures that encourage and awaken the choreographic sensibility within each student’s performance practice. Honing the skill and the awareness to think in movement with other bodies, they will engage in the thrill of composing dances together…sensing fully and thinking choreographically.

Practice striking the balance between agency and responsiveness, as both performer and creator.