Classes and Workshops in Technique and Composition 

Juliet will teach a technical warm up to dancers taking her composition classes.  The focus of her teaching is on developing the ability to spread attention to information internally and externally simultaneously whilst dancing memorised or instant /real time compositional material and in allowing the information to pass both ways as well as noticing where we habitually place our attention and focus. Phrases are drawn from Klein Technique, contemporary technique and ballet. 

SOIS

SOIS is a movement practice which has its starting place in perceiving and responding to information from three sources: auditory, visual and kinaesthetic or sound, sight and sensation.  

It’s about responding to simultaneous non hierarchical fields of attention whilst moving and dancing. SOIS is a process and a practice which explores in detail and depth the way in which a dancer responds to – and embodies – these fields of attention. The way in which a dancer does this impacts on their compositional and movement choices and outcomes. 

This process reveals an infinite and ever changing variety of possibilities and relationships in each moment, with a quality of timelessness and abundance. The dancer and their body are in relationship to their environment and each perceptual system supports and impacts on the other. 

SOIS can be practiced in a range of different situations: solo, in partners, ensembles, at different speeds, tempos, placements in space and within pre-set and real time compositional material, phrases and choreography. 

Practising this score this can reveal where ‘predict’ mode replaces ‘presence’ mode and dancers can learn how to notice these different states, the qualities that exist in each of them, and how to employ choice in relation to each moment.  

Zoom and the Porous Body 

In this workshop, Juliet will introduce dancers to principles of the Alexander technique which they can employ whilst moving and dancing. The Alexander technique principles can facilitate fluidity, the spreading and stretching of perceptions and oscillates our range mentally and physically. Dancers become more available for sensory information and for experiencing more support from their environment in our dancing.

Taking the act of dancing as a starting place, as a foundation for relationship and for observation of our experience, we practice the use of our eyes, our ears, our minds and bodies whilst we dance solo, ensemble and in a duet, using different vocabularies, and in different contexts, technique class, compositional work and performance.

Compositional Scores and Practices

And So I would Ask,  Come As You Are,  EarBody EyeBody,  Earth Eyes, Intention Sensation Presence,  Living Timepiece,  Nine Star Ki,  Signature Movement,  Action Fantasy, Tuning Scores, Authentic Movement, Material for the Spine, Curious Luxurious, Self Describe, Move and Scribe.                                                                              Movement Repertory: Soul of the Beast, In Living Memory, And So.., Sukinature

 

Juliet Shelley

Juliet graduated with a B.A Hons in Dance Theatre from the Laban Centre at London Goldsmiths University and was at the SNDO – Centre for New Dance Development – in Amsterdam for two years.

She began dancing professionally in 1987 as a freelance teacher of contemporary technique and Contact Improvisation and as a member of Jointwork Dance Group, UK, working with theatre and dance artists Lucia Walker, Steve Batts, Andy Solway, Jos Houben of Theatre de Complicite, Rosemary Lee, Katie Duck and Kirstie Simson among many others.  She has created, performed and co-produced solo and ensemble dance pieces for festivals, galleries, studios, schools, fashion shows and theatres in England, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand. She has worked freelance as a teacher of Contemporary technique and Contact Improvisation 

 Juliet has taught classes and workshops in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Singapore, Italy, the UK and the Netherlands.

She completed a three year training as a teacher of the Alexander technique under Dick and Elizabeth Walker in 1994. She is a Polestar certified teacher of Pilates mat and studio and has been teaching since 2005.

Juliet’s youtube dance site