EVENTS & WORKSHOPS

SAVE THE DATE: SUMMER WORKSHOP 2018

June 3 - 23, 2018

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The College at Brockport | State University of New York | Brockport, NY

Workshop

SAVE THE DATES: June 3 - 23, 2018

For pre-professional and professional dancers, the Summer Workshop provides three immersive weeks of technical training, creative work, and exposure to the company’s style.

The College at Brockport | State University of New York | Brockport, NY

A NOTE FROM DOUG

The 2018 Summer Workshop marks our 19th year of teaching and sharing our work and process. I’ve always seen this intensive as a way of channeling the philosophy of the dances we create into a shared experience. For three weeks, we’ll live together, work together, create together, and grow together. The Company builds a safe haven that allows you to challenge yourself in both mind and body and explore the individual qualities that we each possess as artists. I am confident that the personal teaching approach of the Company will leave you with new ideas, new answers and new questions about why we all do what we do: DANCE.

COURSE OFFERINGS 

Modern Technique & Ballet
Phrasework
Improvisation
Repertory
Performance Techniques
Choreographic Devices
(find detailed descriptions below)

SPECIAL EVENTS

Lecture/Demonstrations
Repertory Showings
Social Outings
Student Showcase
And more …

REGISTRATION & TUITION: 

Details and Deadlines to be Announced Soon!  Please check back regularly.  (Better yet, sign up for our email newsletter to be the first to know)

 

COURSE OFFERINGS

PILATES/MORNING WARM UP (Optional)
A series of mat exercises developed by Joseph Pilates in combination with somatic and rehabilitation exercises that strengthen the body’s core muscles and connect the mind and body.


MODERN TECHNIQUE
Highly technical, movement-based class investigates the line of human movement and how it can affect the broader strokes of our dancing. Through the expansive use of the back and limbs, Varone’s style will be explored through an emphasis on breath, strength, dynamic lyricism and musicality. 


PHRASE WORK
Investigate individual phrases created on the spot as well as phrases from Company repertory. Students will focus on quick assimilation and exploration of movement in terms of quality and musicality.


BALLET  (Half of the 3 weeks)
Encourages the dancer to be their whole self within the material, and to nurture and expand the form’s technical and expressive parameters from barre work to flight while exploring the ever shifting balance between rigor and ease.


IMPROVISATION (Half of the 3 weeks)
Improvisation will provide an opportunity for students to hone in on their individuality, creativity, and ability to make choices in the moment.

 

ELECTIVES

Choose one elective from the list below for the entirety of the three weeks.


REPERTORY - Large Work
Company members stage a section of one of Varone’s larger group works on participants for an informal performance at the end of the workshop. The class will focus on movement dynamics and spatial awareness within group choreography, as duets and solos gather seamlessly into group explosions of choreographed chaos.


REPERTORY - Exploring Excerpts
Offering an overview of Varone's work, short but intense time exploring excerpts (i.e. duets, trios, etc.) from a variety of pieces. Through this investigation, the class will experience the wide range of movement dynamics, emotional nuance and spatial architecture inherent in Varone's choreography.


CHOREOGRAPHIC DEVICES WITH DOUG VARONE
For students seriously interested in choreography, Varone will emphasize compositional structure and explore new devices for expanding and inventing material. A large body of material will be created, varied and manipulated both in and out of the studio, pushing towards the development of a new work utilizing the material built in class. Enrollment is based on choreographic experience.                      


PERFORMANCE SKILLS
Dancers examine how to use time, focus, awareness and identity as tools to explore the performance experience and build a performance practice. We will strive for authenticity and expressivity in daily discussion, observation and comprehensive movement exercises. 

 

Photo: Hayim Heron

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