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The Athletics of Intimacy/Dance Improvisation by K.J. Holmes

October 27, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Athletics of Intimacy/Dance Improvisation
taught by K.J. Holmes
Sunday October 27, 2019 4:30 – 7 p.m.

This class will utilize different practices of dance improvisation including somatic and contact scores and will bring forth skills, tools and practical experience of improvising to become more tuned to center and subtleties of touch, direction and intention. We will explore musicality and phrasing, the learning of specific rolls and lifts as well as how we craft time and space in spontaneous choreographies of solo, duet and ensembles. Skills will include release techniques and experiential anatomy to better understand the mechanics of the body, and patterns, body puzzles and forms that shape the body and space with odd timings and unusual perspectives to create dances that are dynamic and alive in the moment. We will cultivate 3 dimensionality and depth, as well as presence and readiness. We will widen transitions, discover, explore, separate, integrate and improvise with systems of the body, and evolutionary and developmental patterns as a way to make visible physiological rhythms of support and transformation. Through exposing contradictions in the body and engaging with our imaginations, we will widen choice, create discernment and practice embodiment.

K.J. Holmes, a Brooklyn based danceartist/actor/singer/writer, travels nationally and internationally teaching/performing/creating. K.J. has been exploring improvisation as process and performance since 1981. She has collaborated extensively with Julie Carr, Simone Fort, Karen Nelson, Lisa Nelson and Image Lab, Steve Paxton; has performed in the work of Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People, Xavier Le Roy, Lance Gries, Mark Dendy, Melinda Ring, Karinne Keithley Syers, among many others; was cast in Matthew Barney’s new film Redoubt; collaborates with drummer Jeremy Carlstedt in L.I.P. (Love Is Power, MLKjr.); teaches at NYU/ETW, The Juilliard School, Sarah Lawrence College and Movement Research; is a graduate of the School for Body Mind Centering(r), William Esper Studio (Meisner acting with master teacher Terry Knickerbocker),Satya Yoga (with Sondra Loring) and continues to study voice with the coaching of Richard Armstrong. K.J. is currently devising a new piece titled 900 Bees Are Humming, a multi disciplinary work exploring life, death and transformation. Her work has been presented by many venues including The Chocolate Factory, PS122, Danspace Project, Mana Contemporary Chicago, The Belfry, Chashama, Dixon Place.


October 27, 2019
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm


One EPIC Place
122 Main Street
New Paltz, NY 12561 United States
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