Afro-Brazilian Dance Traditions – Tamara Williams
African-Brazilian Dance Traditions explores movements inspired by the Yoruba, Angola, Nago and Akan people of West Africa. These cultures represent a wide range of descendants of Africa that were brought to the Americas as enslaved people. Through education of African diaspora forms in movement, this class will expose participants to African derived dance forms in the United States and Brazil that are foundational to the history and development of American cultures. African-Brazilian dances combine several rhythms in their movement, with various rhythmic syncopations found in the shoulders, chest, pelvis, arms, legs etc. These African diaspora forms are a study of the connections between the rhythms and the traditional movement, archetype and story, and spirituality interpreted as an art form.
Composition – Tristan Koepke
This class engages the practice of making dances from a variety of creative prompts and impulses. Working both collaboratively and in solo form, we will encounter tools for creating choreography for the stage and for the camera. This class invites all participants to bring in their various experiences, interests and aesthetic values, whether based in street styles, modern/contemporary, percussive dance, or anything else we have in our background or want to explore in a supportive and generative environment. Additionally, we will cultivate abilities to give and receive supportive and critical feedback, emboldening each other as the next generation of game-changing choreographers and artists. Each week will culminate with an invitation to share our work in an informal performance setting.
Repertory – BRKFST Dance Company
This week-long repertory class will focus on the creation and performance of a single work, using the process and technique of BRKFST Dance Company. Joseph ‘MN Joe’ Tran and Lisa ‘MonaLisa’ Berman will teach basic breaking foundation while simultaneously exploring how this form combines with pedestrian and contemporary movement vernacular to produce a finished work. This work will be performed at the end of the week.
Repertory – “Concourse”- Shakia Barron and Barbie Diewald
This repertory course is based on research currently underway in Barron and Diewald’s project “Concourse.” The meaning of our work together will be shaped by our respective creative and ancestral bibliographies. We see the body as an archive: a valid site for research and discovery, and we believe that the strength of our work lies in its relation to other tools, traditions, and lineages. For Barron, these tools are of the African Diaspora and include Hip-Hop, Jazz, African, House, and other street dance forms. Diewald draws from her histories with western contemporary dance, modern and post-modern forms, and improvisation. We will reflect on the stories that shape us, and we will build an ecology of communal practices that allow us to find meeting points across movement forms and cultural frameworks.