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Workshops

Festival workshops are recommended for artists with movement experience.

DANIEL HALKIN + DAVID LAKEIN
CONTACT IMPROVISATION WORKSHOP/JAM
TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 2013 * 6:00-9:00PM
$5 General, $3 Students
The Dance Center @ 1306 S Michigan Ave

A Contact Improvisation Workshop/Jam led by Daniel Halkin

DANIEL HALKIN leads the Chicago Contact Improvisation Jam and was part of the initial group Mark Koenig brought together to start GLACIER, the Great Lakes Area Contact Improvisation Enthusiasts Retreat community. For more information, visit chicagocontactimprov.com.

DAVID LAKEIN is an interdisciplinary artist, choreographer-director, and writer, who is a well-respected teacher dedicated to his students and a rigorous learning process. Known for his inquisitive nature and experimental methods, he conveys the joys and possibilities of the contact dance form through extensive multi-layered and genre-crossing approaches, incorporating diverse improvisation, somatic movement, martial arts and meditation practices. Lakein has been teaching in studios, school and festivals across Europe and the United States for over a decade.

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SUSAN SGORBATI
THE PRACTICE AND PERFORMANCE OF EMERGENT IMPROVISATION

WORKSHOP I: COMPLEX UNISON FORM, TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 2013 * 1:00-4:00PM
WORKSHOP II: MEMORY FORM, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2013 * 1:00-4:00PM

$60 General; $30 Students; Limit 15 participants
The Dance Center @ 1306 S Michigan Ave

Susan Sgorbati will lead two workshops beginning with the Solo Practice, developing an individual’s diverse and original movement vocabulary and proceeding to the Ensemble Practice, focusing on spontaneous group composition. Two ensemble forms will be introduced: the Complex Unison Form, based on the observation of natural systems, which exhibit self-organizing structuring principles, and The Memory Form, in which the dancers and musicians create an event that the ensemble remembers and reconstructs over time, revealing memory as a complex structuring process.

SUSAN SGORBATI has been involved in the field of dance for more than 30 years as an improviser, artistic director, dancer and teacher. Since 1983, she has been on the dance faculty at Bennington College in Vermont, where she has co-taught numerous interdisciplinary courses with biologists, musicians, visual artists and anthropologists. Her focus on dance improvisation for performance coalesced into ongoing research into the relationship between dance and music improvisation and the science of complex systems, which she named Emergent Improvisation
(EI). Her dance work has been presented at many venues and festivals in NYC and New England. In 2006, Sgorbati received a National Performance Network Creation Fund Grant to develop and tour original performance work, Emergent Improvisation Project. In 2011, she was granted the first Creative Research Residency at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to explore her new research on “emergent structuring.” She is currently collaborating with filmmaker Elliot Caplan on Convergence: The Emergent Improvisation Film.

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PETER SCHMITZ
COMPOSITION/IMPROVISATION

THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2013 * 10:00AM-3:00PM 
$60 General; $30 Students; Limit 15 participants
The Dance Center @ 1306 S Michigan Ave

The class will use the discipline of improvisation as a warm up tool for the body and the mind as well as a form of discovering immediate content and form. Participants should come prepared to investigate impossibilities / questions / problems / ideas in a physically thoughtful manner. This 'manner' demands attention, curiosity and a rigorous imagination as well as a willingness to address unknowns without expectation. Dancers, actors, poets and others interested in the spontaneous creation of performance are welcome.

PETER SCHMITZ has worked as an artist in residence in various dance/theatre programs through out the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Some of those appointments included Middlebury College, New York University, Rhode Island College, Emerson College, Bennington College, University of Iowa, University of Michigan and School for New Dance Development (Amsterdam). As a professional modern dancer, Schmitz performed with Creach and Company (based in New York City) for more than 10 years and created work with numerous companies as a freelance choreographer, the most recent being the professional modern dance company of Turkey. For the past 10 years he has been concentrating on his work as an actor; he is a member of Actor's Equity Association, as well as a movement designer for theatre. Recent performance experiences include roles in Scenes From an Execution, Love Song of the Electric Bear, Ghosts, Bent, No End of Blame and Balcony. Companies for whom Schmitz has done movement staging include Potomac Theater Project, The Medicine Show and New World Theater.

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JENNIFER MONSON
SYSTEMS/SCORES: PRACTICE/PROCESS

WORKSHOP I: SYSTEMS/SCORES, FRIDAY JUNE 7, 2013 * 1:00-4:00PM
WORKSHOP II: PRACTICE/PROCESS, SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2013 * 10:00AM-1:00PM

$60 General; $30 Students; Limit 20 participants
The Dance Center @ 1306 S Michigan Ave

In this two-day workshop participants will investigate how we make scores out of the systems that we live in, observe and are attracted to. In this instance we will work with a score as a set of parameters that create improvisational choices within a particular context. This will be our practice. How does the practice influence our perception of the processes with which we are working? We will work with the potential of choreographic choices to embody different temporal and spatial scales from the micro sensation of somatic systems to the macro systems of the social and ecological phenomena with which we interact.

JENNIFER MONSON (Artistic director, choreographer and performer, iLAND) uses choreographic practice as a means to discover connections between environmental, philosophical and aesthetic approaches to knowledge and understandings of our surroundings. As Artistic Director of iLAND she creates large-scale dance projects informed and inspired by phenomena of the natural and the built environment. Her recent projects include BIRD BRAIN (2000-2011) iMAP/Ridgewood Reservoir (2007), NYC; and Mahomet Aquifer Project (2009) in Illinois and SIP (sustained immersive process)/watershed (2010) in NYC. Her current project is Live Dancing Archive. Monson is on the faculty at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign in the Dance Department. She was hired through an initiative of the Environmental Council to foster sustainability across the campus and nationally. She is currently a Marsh Professor at Large at the University of Vermont.

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