DRPP teaches an intermediate/advanced technique class derivative of Bartenieff and release - inspired training. Class begins with floor exercises aimed to engage and strengthen core muscles, as well as lubricate supporting joints and awaken the senses. We progress to explore levels, gradations and textual dynamics (flow, torque, suspension, collapse, counterbalance, momentous efficiency) to enliven spatial orientation and intuition. Class culminates in meaty phrases with ample floor work, toying with a delicate balance and lacing of calculation and nuance. Our movements are equally soft, strong and electric. The calibration and reconsideration of focus and expanse feeds our appetited attack. We sharpen our concentration with proprioceptive intelligence and economical ease -- a thoughtful athleticism. Moreover, technique class is the ritual of the present body.
Knee pads are recommended.
tracing the now IMPROVISATIONAL STRATEGY
The body is a fluid container of memory. tracing the now is a practice of realizing the embodied Self and its archival of sensation. This study serves as a physical laboratory threading together the utility of our fleeting, immediate movement with shadows and tastes of the enduring and always collecting precedent. We question a) what does our body remember?; b) why does it remember?; c) how does it remember? d) how can corporeal reflection reinforce the communication of ideas when shared with adjoining dancing and non-dancing bodies? The crux of our research lies in the affect of our holistic and sensual awareness, and consequently, how the stimulation of latent memory can enliven not only the dancing body but also those that bear its witness.
Photographs by Steven Schreiber for 100 Grand (Top); Em Watson for DRPP's SOAK Professional Laboratory at the Mark Morris Dance Center (Bottom)