Dylan Crossman draws on his knowledge of Release Technique, learned at the Laban Center (London) ; his years working with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and his own choreographic practice to devise this contemporary class, designed for an unconventional 8×8 foot space.
Beginning with a floor phrase to encourage groundedness, engage the core and find the physical connections within the body, the class continues with a simple exercise inspired by Rudolph Laban’s concept of Kinesphere – the space around us within reaching possibilities of the limbs without changing one’s place – to help familiarize ourselves with the unconventional 8×8 foot space the class takes place in.
The rest of the class alternates between short phrase work and rigorous exercises.
The phrase work, based on Crossman’s choreographic repertory, will use weight, dynamic and spatial shifts to emphasize or understate the virtuosity of the steps while looking at the relationships within the body and the body in space. We will play with phrasing as well as focus on directional clarity to understand the function of the pelvis – in relation to the rest of the body – and how it drives the body through space.
The physically rigorous exercises are inspired by Crossman’s time working with Merce Cunningham and the strong belief in rigor, repetition and daily practice. They bring attention to the body as whole while focusing on the dancer’s technique and his/her/their understanding of lines, physical clarity and speed.
We will do pliés, tendus, ronds de jambes and leg circles to discipline the body and mind and to acknowledge where the body is at, on any given day.
The class is just over 50 minutes and features the sonic landscapes of artists John Glover, Josh Kadish and Jesse Stiles.
It was commissioned by www.dancio.com and is available on their site.
Special thanks to Snug Harbor.
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