Posts tagged dance
Posts tagged dance
Shot on HD in three locations - Karachi, Lahore and New Delhi - it traces the journey of classical dance in Pakistan through the travels, experiences and struggles of one dancer, Sheema Kermani. Through the film we also meet her contemporaries - the wonderful Kathak dancer, Nahid Siddiqui, for instance - as well as a younger breed of contemporary dancers asserting their voices - and movements - amidst increasing restrictions. As a dancer and an activist, Sheema’s story also charts out the political journey of this struggling young state.
We have received initial funding from the India Foundation for the Arts, from the Goethe Institut Karachi and the Goethe Institute New Delhi. However, given the travel and personnel costs we’re still falling a little short.Your funds will help us cover the final editing, sound mix, sound design and composition, as well as titling.
Want to help Sonya Fatah ‘98? Visit the project’s Go Fund Me site.
ODC Executive Director Victor Gotesman pointed out ODC is three things, not only a dance company but also a school and a theatre. It was the first modern dance company in the nation to build a home facility.
Oberlin Dance Company is a groundbreaking contemporary arts institution with longstanding roots in the San Francisco community.
The Oberlin Alumni Association and the Dance Department present An Introduction to Feldenkrais with Ethan Cowan ‘07 on Saturday, March 16th, from 10:00AM to 12:30PM in Warner Main Space.
Cowan will teach a group class called Awareness Through Movement, in which he will guide students to enact movements that aim to clarify each person’s own self image and give new tools for self-inquiry and self-knowledge.
The class is free and open to all Oberlin students. No sign up is needed. Please arrive before the start time.
Ethan Cowan Talks About Feldenkreis:
I took a Somatic Studies course during my senior year at Oberlin. I was tired and sore from working on my honors thesis, and I wanted to find an activity that would bring my mental work into balance with my embodied sense of myself. During the course, the teacher Deb Vogel, presented many different ways of approaching embodiment, one of which was the Feldenkrais Method. After I graduated, I decided to pursue an in depth study of the Feldenkrais Method and have been doing so for the past three years. I am excited to bring the fruits of my labor back to share with the students at Oberlin.
Feldenkrais group classes are called Awareness Through Movement. In an ATM lesson, I will guide students to enact movements that will clarify each person’s own self image and give each person new tools for self-inquiry and self-knowledge. The lessons elicit many sensations, including calmness, potency, and increased flexibility. In Oberlin I will offer a number of these lessons in dance classes, mindfulness classes, and in a public workshop. No technical prerequisites are necessary, as any one with a nervous system stands to benefit. Those with technique, including dancers, musicians, actors, and athletes will find that their activities are enhanced and refreshed.
There are thousands of different Awareness Through Movement lessons, and each one approaches the self image from a slightly different angle. The variety of the lessons provides many ways to find satisfying connection with the material. In the 1.5 hour classes, I will teach two contrasting and complimentary lessons split by a short discussion and break. In the public workshop I will teach 2 or 3 lessons, and I’ll talk about who Feldenkrais was and facilitate a discussion amongst the participants about what the method seems to do. My experience with the Feldenkrais Method has, among other things, helped me see the value of my Oberlin Education. Awareness Through Movement provides a context for sensing and feeling the process of learning how to learn.
Ruth Doesn’t Live Here Anymore a new trio by choreographer, performer, and Oberlin alumnus Lionel Popkin ‘91 premieres this March in Washington, DC, followed by additional performances in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Dance Place, Washington DC
Saturday, March 2, 8pm & Sunday, March 3, 7pm
The Painted Bride, Philadelphia
Friday & Saturday, March 8 & 9, 8pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh
Friday & Saturday, March 15 & 16, 8pm
Inspired by the career of modern dance pioneer Ruth St. Denis, Ruth Doesn’t Live Here Anymore strives to address acts of cultural sourcing, representation, and transmission.
With wit, piles of fabric, a microphone, 3 dancers, 2 musicians, and a leaf blower, Lionel Popkin asks: was Ruth’s Orientalism an act of cultural appropriation or a legitimate examination of sources of dance?
Can a century of perspective help the contemporary choreographer reach his own point of equilibrium?
Performed by Popkin, Emily Beattie, and another Oberlin alum Carolyn Hall ‘91 and featuring an original score by accordionist Guy Klucevsek, played live by Klucevsek and a violinist, this premiere sweeps across an array of metaphorical hints and an extravaganza of textiles.
Professor Tom Lopez expresses his experience working on Water Ways aurally and visually.
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Have you ever seen this? One of the coolest ways we’ve seen dance and technology interact.
Lily Skove, a research associate on the project came to Oberlin a few years back and spoke about it.
“From dance to data to object, Synchronous Objects investigates the interlocking systems of organization in the choreography of William Forsythe’s One Flat Thing, reproduced (2000).”
Thinking ahead to summer? Want it to include a dance workshop? Over the next couple of months we’ll be sharing some ideas from the Dance faculty of some summer programs to consider.
First up: Bearnstow in Maine.
Courtesy of Professor of Dance Nusha Martynuk.
“I’ve been to this place. It’s simple living for just over a week per workshop, on a lovely lake. Workshops are a handful of people. Dance in the dining room, swim in the lake.”
Courtesy of Bearnstow:
Photo by Richard Bird
On Parker Pond, Mount Vernon, Maine
For those of you who wish a primary experience with post-modern theory and choreography, Bearnstow offers a unique opportunity. At Bearnstow one can work with those creative minds that have distinguished themselves in the field over the last half century.