PROGRAMME – WEEK TWO

CONTEMPORARY TECHNIQUE LED BY MATTHEW GOUGH

Mon 11 – Fri 15 Sept – 10am-11.45am

Screen Shot 2017-07-17 at 13.06.49Matthew Gough is a graduate of Bird College, and the University of Limerick. A performer and teacher with over 20 years experience, he currently leads the BA Hons dance Course at the University of South Wales. Over the last 10 years he has developed an innovative approach to training dancers & performers that has received international recognition. Matthew’s expertise reflects the range of international artists he has worked with, such as Rosie Kay, Vida Midgelow, Lisa Nelson, and Stephanie Schober.

A dynamic technique class working body & mind through unusual time signatures, and physical combinations. Drawing on a range of contemporary, modern, and classical principles we will explore alternate pathways and patterns of moving. Inspired by approaches to improvising with music, this method has been developed over 10 years with a wide range of dancers. We begin class with exercises that tune our bodies and senses, then move onto extended sequences and phrases. Principles of moving are prioritised over aesthetic style, giving space to explore the class from your own practice, and sensibilities.

CONTACT IMPROVISATION (DAMPENING) LED BY MATT GOUGH Mon 11 & Tues 12 Sept | 12pm-4pm

Exploring our perception of time, and touch, we will investigate methods to dilate and contract, filter, and contextualise our experiences. Choosing how we perceive, and where we (re)direct our attention, allows us to observe more of the options available when improvising. Contact improvisation should not be a compulsion for ‘sticky’ touch,   Working through skills sets, and scored improvisations, we will discuss how we attend to the ‘moment’ and respond creatively. Each day will finish with an open improvisation, allowing you to move in and out of contact, or explore solo practice.

LIMINALITY 360 FILM REPERTORY LED BY KIM NOBLE AND HUGH STANIER

Wed 13 Sept |12pm-4pm

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Liminality is a film collaboration between Wales and India supporting the creation of a new 360° Fulldome dance film co-choreographed by Kim Noble and Hugh Stanier. A partnership between Chapter’s dance programme Coreo Cymru, 4Pi Productions and The Danceworx India. Funded through India Wales, a joint initiative between Wales Arts International and the British Council, supporting artistic collaboration and exchange between creative professionals and arts organisations in Wales and India.

This workshop offers opportunity to learn and explore the movement qualities and phrases developed for the film, interweaving from harmonious partnering sequences to moments of visceral power, dynamic lifts and virtuosic flight.

 

 

 

BODYROOTS WORKSHOP LED BY MATT MULLIGAN

Thur 14 Sept | 12pm-4pm

Screen Shot 2017-07-17 at 13.09.52Matt Mulligan (BA, FdA, AHEd) is a professional physical educator and founder of BODYROOTS, where he encourages freedom of movement for all. He works with people to help them feel happier, healthier and fitter in body and mind. Matt’s practice is grounded in over a decade spent working intensively with the moving body. He is a conservatoire graduate of both the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Circomedia Academy of Physical Performance, and has had a touring career as a professional dancer, acrobat and physical theatre specialist. Matt also graduated from the University of Durham with a degree in Philosophy (1st Class Hons), focussing on the body-mind connection.

Matt leads a playful task-based class with a primal approach, rooted in recognition of the body as both animal and playful. Class offers ways to connect with our natural ‘inner’ capacity for functional and flowing movement patterns, while maintaining an ‘outer’ contact with our environment & other people.

Emphasis is given to finding and developing new ways of moving through games and playful tasks, using primal movement material and imagery. Dancers will recognise elements of contact improvisation, partner-work, floor work, and (sometimes) gentle acrobatic and balance practice – and will find new pathways and tasks to feed their physical practice. Particular attention is given to moving softly while still remaining open to and using a dynamic movement vocabulary. Emphasis is always on grounded, centred movement rooted through intelligent use of the core and legs, allowing a lightness and flow to emerge.

HOMO IRRATIONALS REPERTORY LED BY KAROL CYSEWSKI

Fri 15 Sept | 12pm-4pm

Screen Shot 2017-07-17 at 13.11.36Karol studied at The State Ballet School in Poznan, Poland and went on to train at Laban Centre London graduating in 2001. Karol has since worked for several dance companies including Polish Dance Theatre Poland, Carte Blanche Norway, and National Dance Company Wales. For Karol the most influential people he worked with are Nigel Charnock, Gill Clarke, Ohad Naharin and Stijn Celis.

As a teacher he aims to inspire, educate and make students enjoy the movement. He’s influenced by release technique methods: using the gravity to move, being economical with movement paying close attention to wellbeing of the human body.

He teaches a range of styles including contemporary technique, ballet, improvisation, contact work, yoga, creative workshops.

Following the success of Karol’s humorous choreography called “Wonders of the Universe” he developed a new piece “Homo Irrationalis”, which was recently performed at Coreo Cymru’s Family Dance Festival. This workshop exploring the ideas used to create Homo Irrationalis includes themes relating to close physical contact, precision and the use of the face as a dancing body part. Humour is very important in his creative work and he also bring this into his teaching so students have pleasure in moving.

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