Technique class: 90 minutes
A class that can be designed and structured for beginner/intermediate and advanced dancers.
We begin class by warming up the spine, torso, limbs, head and neck in supine, prone, spirals, seated and in four point/quadruped floor work/play;
We move into extending the limbs from the centre to peripheries through flexion, extension, sequencing & isolations, employing the support of the floor as we move from horizontal to vertical, standing and traveling across the floor.
The focus of technique class is to warm up the body for choreography – pre-rehearsed or instant composition.
Phrases and movement material are drawn from contemporary technique, classical ballet, contact improvisation and Klein Technique.
Music: Various artists including Coldplay, Stone Roses, Paula Cole, Par Lammers, Baby Keem, Yebba..
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. Soul of the Beast, In Living Memory, Sukinature
SOIS – (So-Is)
SOIS is a movement practice which has its starting place in perceiving and responding to information from three sources: auditory, visual and kinaesthetic – 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 ways in which a person and dancer responds to – and embodies – sound, sight and sensation and how each of these perceptions inform the dancer’s movement choices in each moment.
This process reveals an infinite and ever changing variety of possibilities and relationships for the dancer, with a quality of timelessness, specificity, range and abundance of possibilities.
The dancer and their body exist in relationship to their environment and each perceptual system supports and interfaces with the other.
Playing within each field can open and broaden a range of possibilities of embodiment, movement, composition and performance, depending on how the dancer wants to apply this skill.
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 movement, phrases and choreography, as well as within simple, every day movement.
Practising this can reveal where predictive or memorised/habitual/unconscious mode replaces active presence and active choice-making in moving and dancing.
Dancers can learn how to notice the different modes and how to employ choice in relation to each moment with the possibility of different outcomes.
Once the dancer has become practiced and confident at doing this with simple movements, they can apply it to more advanced movement and dance practices in technique class and in performance modes.
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.
Form, focus and freedom – A physical practice
How can dancers experience freedom within the performance of a movement technically and compositionally?
What are the tools and techniques for this?
How can dancers perform a movement in time and space and at the same time be free to choose their relationship to that movement?
How does an experience of choice and freedom affect the quality of a movement that is performed?
How do dancers practice changing their range and focus in their dancing?
What are the disciplines involved in this practice?
These are some of the questions we will address in this class/workshop.
Juliet is a dance performer and teacher who has been working in the dance industry professionally since 1987 as a teacher and a performer. She has worked in the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, the USA, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. She graduated with a B.A Hons in Dance Theatre from the Laban Centre at London Goldsmiths University and attended the SNDO – Centre for New Dance Development – in Amsterdam. She has worked alongside theatre and dance artists in performance with Nancy Stark Smith, Katie Duck, Michael Schumacher, Lucia Walker, Steve Batts, Andy Solway, Jos Houben, Rosemary Lee, Kirstie Simson, Claire O’Neil, Jonathan Sinatra, Andrew Marcus, Annabel Reader, Alyx Duncan, Kristian Larsen among 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. Alongside working as a freelance performer, choreographer and teacher, she has worked as a producer in New Zealand for twenty years and produced nineteen shows showcasing her own work and the work of dancers and musicians nationally and internationally.