Moving Target Portland w/ Vanessa Anspaugh
Feb
24
1:00 PM13:00

Moving Target Portland w/ Vanessa Anspaugh

MOVING TARGET PORTLAND is an adult, all-abilities contemporary dance class series with a different visiting teacher that meets at Mechanic's Hall ::most:: Sundays from 1-3pm. Cost is $12-20 sliding scale.

BIO
Vanessa Anspaugh is a choreographer and performance based artist born and raised in Los Angeles, CA amongst a wackadoo family of film and performing artists. After a childhood spent between the ballet studio and acid trips on Venice beach, Anspaugh found her way out of California creating various homes in Ohio, Arizona, New Mexico, West Virginia, Massachusetts and eventually New York. Once in New York, her work has been both commissioned and presented by Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, New York Live Arts, The River to River Festival, BAX, The Sculpture Center, The Hessel Museum of Art, AUNTS, Movement Research, Catch Series,The Kitchen (through Emily Roysdon) Performance Mix at HERE Arts Center, Studio 303 in Montreal, as well as The Cowels Center in Minneapolis, for The Zenon Dance Company. She has had funded creative residencies through DTW Studio Series, Mount Tremper Arts, Kattsbaan International Dance Center, The Mac Dowell Colony, LMCC, BAX, BOFFO Fire Island Performance Residency, and The Bard College Fisher Center. In 2017 her work The End of Men, was a Bessie Award nominee in both the Outstanding Production and Best Sound Design (by Ryan MacDonald) categories. As a performer Anspaugh has worked for Aretha Aoki, Juliette Mapp, Robbinschilds, Faye Driscoll, Taylor Mac, Emily Johnson, Jen Rosenblit among others. She is currently at work on the latest development of her research with a new theatrical dance work entitled, Aggression Confession. Anspaugh is also looking forward to her time as a visiting professor in the Theater Dance Department at Colby College in Maine for the 2018/19 academic year.

DON’T MISS the performance of Vanessa Ansapugh's latest piece The End of Men; an Ode to Ocean at Space Gallery for ONE NIGHT ONLY on February 6 at 7pm.

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Moving Target Portland w/ Kimberly Bartosik
Mar
10
1:00 PM13:00

Moving Target Portland w/ Kimberly Bartosik

In partnership with Bates Dance Festival, the Living Room presents Moving Target Portland w/ Kimberly Bartosik. MOVING TARGET PORTLAND is an all-levels, contemporary adult dance class. Cost is $12-20 sliding scale (If this is prohibitive, please email studio408dance@gmail.com at least 24 hours beforehand).

Class Description:
NYC-Based Choreographer, performer and educator Kimberly Bartosik leads a rigorous technical/somatic based warm-up followed by sharing movement material from her recent work, I hunger for you.

BIO
Bessie Award-winning performer Kimberly Bartosik creates viscerally provocative choreographic projects that are built upon the development of a virtuosic movement language, rigorous conceptual explorations, and the creation of highly theatricalized environments. Bartosik’s work has been commissioned and presented by BAM Next Wave Festival (2018), Wexner Arts Center, LUMBERYARD Center for Film & Performing Arts (2018), New York Live Arts, 92nd St. Y Fridays @ Noon (2019), American Realness festival, Dance Place, American Dance Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, Gibney Dance, Abrons Art Center, The Yard, MASS MoCA/Jacob’s Pillow, Danspace Project, French Institute Alliance Francaise’s Crossing the Line Festival, Festival Rencontres Chorégraphique Internationales de Seine-Saint Denis (France), Artdanthe Festival (France), BEAT Festival, The Kitchen, La Mama, Mount Tremper Arts, and Movement Research.

She has been in creative residence at New York Live Arts, Live Feed and Studio Series; Marble House Project; NCCAkron; Centre Chorégraphique National-Ballet de Lorraine; LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts Center; Gibney Dance Center’s DiP Residency, Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté à Belfort, France (FUSED); Governor’s Island through Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space Program; Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University; Joyce Soho Artist Residency Program; LaGuardia Performing Arts Center; Jacob’s Pillow; Kaatsbaan International Dance Center; Mount Tremper Arts; White Oak Plantation; and Movement Research.

Bartosik was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company for 9 years and received a Bessie Award for Artistic Excellence in his work. She received her BFA from North Carolina School of the Arts, and MA in 20th Century Art and Art Criticism from The Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Research of the New School University. She performed in the 2011 restaging of Robert Ashley’s 1967 opera, That Morning Thing, as part of Performa. She was a 2016 Princeton Fellowship Finalist, and has been a guest artist/faculty at Princeton University, The Juilliard School, Rutgers (2019) University of North Carolina School for the Arts, Arizona State University’s Hergberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Purchase College, Colorado College, and University of Buffalo (2019).

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Moving Target Portland w/ Nora Petroliunas
Mar
17
1:00 PM13:00

Moving Target Portland w/ Nora Petroliunas

Class will begin with a simple and feel good follow along warm-up to get to know our bodies and classmates a bit better. From there Nora will begin the introduction of some short movement phrases drawing inspiration from classics a grapevine? perhaps a polka or a waltz? We will then have time to build on these phrases creating a personalized movement vocabulary through a series of improvisation games and provocations. There will be time to layer in thoughts and feelings and by the end of class together we will have created a moment of masterpiece. The music will be good and it will be fun!

BIO
Nora Petroliunas is a 2006 graduate of the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase. She is the artistic director of the Pharmacy Project, a group of friends working together since 2009 to create narrative dance performance pieces for atypical spaces with the help of the Brooklyn Arts Council, and a series of wonderful collaborators and producers. Settings have ranged from dingy and dark Brooklyn Veterans Post 8903 to the ethereal rooftop garden of the Chelsea Hotel. Her work has been presented by Gowanus Art and Production, Dance Now NYC, Triskelion Arts, Be Electric Studios, Little Theatre, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dixon Place, Links Hall, The Bushwick Starr, LIGO Project, Certamen Internacional de Coreografia in Burgos, Spain as well as the Cape Dance Festival in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Nora was a guest artist at SUNY Purchase for the Spring 2018 semester before relocating to Portland. The Pharmacy Project made their Maine debut in the Fall of 2018 as part of The Moving Body in Space at SPACE. Nora is excited to spread her love of approachable modern dance to a new community. Please visit www.thepharmacyproject.com to see the company in action.

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Moving Target Portland w/ Heather Stewart
Mar
31
1:00 PM13:00

Moving Target Portland w/ Heather Stewart

Moving Target Portland is an all-levels adult contemporary dance class that meets ::most:: Sundays at Mechanic's Hall in downtown Portland from 1-3pm. Sliding scale fee structure: $12-20 per person. (If cost is prohibitive, email studio408dance@gmail.com at least 24 hrs in advance to request a cost that you can afford.)

TEACHER BIO
Heather Stewart is a Canadian choreographer and dance artist currently based in Boston, MA. She has been creating and presenting original work for performance in Montreal, London, and Boston since 2012. In the past Heather’s work has been shortlisted for The Deustche Bank Award for Creative Enterprises and she has received funding and awards from the Boston Foundation, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Somerville Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. The development of her choreographic work has been supported by organizations and residencies including Espace Marie Chouinard, The Place, Centre de Création O Vertigo (CCOV), Earthdance, and Tanzzentrale der region Nürnberg. Most recently Heather received a 2018 Live Arts Boston Award for a new creation with composer dull. She is developing this work at the Boston Center for the Arts where she is a 2018/19 Dancemaker in residence. In the spring of 2014 she completed her MA in Advanced Dance Studies at The London Contemporary Dance School with a strong focus in choreography. Fueled by physicality, her work offers intricate and complex meetings between movement and sound. She has an ongoing artistic collaboration with Montreal based composer dull. Their process is defined by a generous, reciprocal collaboration in which the music and choreography are given equal space and importance. heatherstewartdance.com

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Moving Target Portland w/ Alice MacDonald
Apr
7
1:00 PM13:00

Moving Target Portland w/ Alice MacDonald

Alice is a dancer, performing artist and Alexander Technique teacher. In this Moving Target Portland class, we will practice building awareness of our moving bodies and around our dance practices. We will illuminate the ways we are thinking about and using our bodies in order to create space for choice and change. We will consider and utilize ideas that allow for dancing with less tension and effort and with more ease and freedom. Using Alexander Technique principles we will organize our bodies for dancing through simple movements designed to build connection, awareness and coordination. We will then apply this awareness into improvisation, some technique, and lots of dancing!

BIO
Alice MacDonald is an Alexander Technique teacher and dancer living in Bath, Maine & Brooklyn, New York. She has performed and collaborated with Aretha Aoki, Lily Gold, Anneke Hansen, koosilja/danceKUMIKO, Jennifer Monson, Molly Poerstel, Anna Sperber, Sarah White Ayon, and others. Alice has supported the work of Movement Research, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, Free Advice and Dixon Place as an administrator, organizer & curator.

If class cost is prohibitive to you, please email studio408dance@gmail.com at least 24 hours beforehand to request a rate that you can afford.

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Moving Target Portland w/ Laura Nicoll
Apr
21
1:00 PM13:00

Moving Target Portland w/ Laura Nicoll

CLASS DESCRIPTION
Learn and play with material that Laura is using in a new piece called Private Dancer. Private Dancer is a kind of solo that Laura made in a partially finished house in Tilson, NY in January 2018 and then shared at Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, ME in July 2018. The movement pattern can be hard to do exactly the same way as someone else does it and that is OK. Laura will ask you to problem solve and make the solo your own while working on your awareness of what you are actually seeing, hearing, and feeling as you do so. Stillness, breath, gaze, and questions of how to be alone together might come up. We'll do a very brief warm up. Please wear what supports modest full-range of motion for your body’s movements.

At 2:30pm we will perform and document what we've created. All are welcome to come in to watch and/or respond via photo, video, drawing, writing, or other mediums.

BIO
Laura K. Nicoll is originally from Mt. Desert Island, Maine and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. After training with American Ballet Theater and Pacific Northwest Ballet, Nicoll joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theater’s corps de ballet where she was also a union representative. With PBT, she performed in a diverse repertoire that included works by George Balanchine, Matjash Mrozewski, Dwight Rhoden, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, and Twyla Tharp. She has an ongoing, decade-long collaboration with new media artist/director Reid Farrington which includes roles as a performer in The Passion Project (2009-2012, 2019) and A Christmas Carol (2011-2012), and as choreographer for Tyson vs. Ali (2014) and CasablancaBox (2017) and BrandoCapote (2019). She has also created several site-specific dance performances between 2015-2018 in collaboration with choreographer Jessica Nicoll performed in a Brooklyn home and The Kraine Theater in the East Village, NYC.

Since May 2017, Laura has been developing solo material in outdoor and indoor spaces, work-shopping it at Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine, where she was an artist in residence in 2018. She recently participated in Portland Dance Month 2018 with PROMENADE, a 2 hour journey between the Casco Bay Ferry Terminal and Creative Portland.

She co-founded KREILKAMP NICOLL, a performance art company with her brother Rufus Morgan Kreilkamp Nicoll, as a platform to make and share performance, art, and services of all kinds. They are currently working on an evening length work featuring performers, labor and art movement practices, music, text, materials that were familiar to them growing up on an island on the coast of Maine.

In addition to choreographing and performing, Laura has experience in strategic planning, branding, and communications for non-profit arts organizations, individual artists, and projects across all disciplines.

kreilkampnicoll.com
@lauraknicoll

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Moving Target Portland w/ Veeva Banga
Feb
17
1:00 PM13:00

Moving Target Portland w/ Veeva Banga

MOVING TARGET PORTLAND is an all-levels, contemporary adult dance class. Cost is $12-20 sliding scale (If this is prohibitive, please email studio408dance@gmail.com at least 24 hours beforehand).

DESCRIPTION
Afro beats is an upbeat dance style that mixes African dance moves and Hip Hop. Join Portland dancer Veeva Banga for this fun class!

BIO
My name is Veeva Banga and I am from South Sudan. I came to America when I was 5 years old. I started traditionally dancing at a young age. I've practiced a variety of dance styles including hip hop, modern, and Guinean. Its become my mission to share Afro beats dance style with people locally.

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Moving Target Portland w/ Michelle Mola
Feb
10
1:00 PM13:00

Moving Target Portland w/ Michelle Mola

MOVING TARGET PORTLAND is an all-levels, contemporary adult dance class. Cost is $12-20 sliding scale (If this is prohibitive, please email studio408dance@gmail.com at least 24 hours beforehand).

CLASS DESCRIPTION
Innovative performance draws from all mediums and requires an interdisciplinary skill set from the makers and their performers. In this class on creative practice, original movement and text-based material are created using a series of titled patterns, and exercises designed to name and deepen self-expression. To gain a neutral and ready body, class will begin with a focus on foot health, precision, and core work designed by fitness pioneer Joseph Pilates. The second part explores motivation, impulse, and pushing past physical limitations. This improvisatory time results in original phrase work, where each person makes their unique choreographic and movement styles.

There will be a timed segment for written composition and drawing, to connect to the creative and interior self. Each person will then be given individual guidance and dramaturgical assignments, leading to the development of an original text and movement piece. There will be an ongoing focus on essential performance qualities, examining what creates choreography that resonates and feels honest to perform.

Please bring a yoga mat, paper, and pen to class!

BIO
Michelle Mola is a choreographer, movement coach, dancer, and actor who has performed with Aszure Barton & Artists, and in Jack Ferver’s Chambre, nominated in 2016 for a Bessie Award for Outstanding Production. Michelle first worked with Mr. Ferver in Rumble Ghost, a "hyper-reality" reinterpretation of the 1982 horror film Poltergeist, performed at P.S. 122 in New York City. Claudia LaRocco of the New York Times described her as “terrifically smart” in a review of the duet Me, Michelle presented by Performa ‘11, performed and co-choreographed with Mr. Ferver. As a choreographer, she has been presented in Montreal at the SpringBoard Danse and Tangente Festival. Michelle was commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble for performance at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, and has also presented work at the Museum of Art and Design, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, 92nd Street Y and The Joyce Soho in New York. As a movement coach and choreographer, Michelle worked with actors and 3D special effects artists in the The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). She studied dance at the North Carolina School of the Arts, University of South Florida, and at The Juilliard School. Upon graduating, she received the Hector Zaraspe Prize for Outstanding Choreography, and the 2008 Annenberg Arts Fellowship for Performance and Choreography.

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Moving Target Portland w/ Amirah Sackett
Feb
3
1:00 PM13:00

Moving Target Portland w/ Amirah Sackett

In partnership with Bates Dance Festival, The Living Room presents Moving Target Portland with Amirah Sackett.

Class Description

Join Amirah in exploring foundational hip hop dance styles including top rockin, breakin, and poppin. Develop a better appreciation and understanding of hip-hop history through the the physical representation of the culture. Please come prepared in clothes you can move in and clean sneakers.

Teacher BIO:
An internationally recognized hip-hop dancer, choreographer, and teacher, Amirah Sackett is widely known for her performance group “We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic”, which reached viral video fame after being featured on POPSUGAR Celebrity, The Huffington Post, AJ+, and Upworthy. Sackett was honored to be a TEDx speaker, guest lecturer at Harvard University, and a cultural diplomat with the U.S. State Department in Bangladesh and Malaysia. She will also perform Feb 5 in Lewiston: https://www.facebook.com/events/1813483082096699/.

MOVING TARGET PORTLAND is an all-levels, contemporary adult dance class hosted by The Living Room Dance Collective, featuring a different visiting guest artist every time. Class cost is $12-20 sliding scale. If cost is prohibitive, please email studio408dance@gmail.com at least 24 hours before class.

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Work in Progress Performance
Dec
29
5:00 PM17:00

Work in Progress Performance

Learn to Juggle! And watch a show! At the same time!

Janoah anygoodjokes? spends a week in residence at The Living Room messing around, creating a Work-in-Progress performance in which audience both watch a juggling show AND learn a juggling pattern!

Show up, be entertained, learn a skill and give some feedback after!

Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Artist Bio:

Janoah anygoodjokes? Bailin learned juggling as a ten-year-old trapped at summer camp and unicycling in the empty after-hours corridors of his middle school. He trained with the Suspenders Juggling Troupe in Falmouth (MA), then traveled New England with the Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour. Janoah graduated in 2014 from College of the Atlantic, focusing in performance and movement. He now coaches the Gym Dandies Children’s Circus of Scarborough and helps organize programming at the Living Room Dance Collective in South Portland. Janoah performs his unique blend of circus, dance, performance art and puppetry all over New England, leaving behind a wake of tumbled juggling props!

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(class) SPELL
Dec
17
5:30 PM17:30

(class) SPELL

SPELL (South Portland Experimental Language League) is a biweekly movement class at The Living Room. All levels welcome! No dance experience required.

SPELL is a place to: warm up, shake out, find a weird new move you like. 
We try out ritual to access new language/s. 
We play good music and laugh. 

We prioritize consent. 

Through informal exercises and mirth, we look inward. (No routines to learn.)

Class offers opt-in solo, pair, and group work. 

***Class is on a sliding scale of $8-$16. No one turned away.

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(class) Moving Target Portland: Meghan Frederick
Dec
16
1:00 PM13:00

(class) Moving Target Portland: Meghan Frederick

Class will utilize diverse methods in an effort to explore new territory. We will engage in simple and rigorous improvisational situations to destabilize our dancing selves. We will rely on and trust one another as necessary participants in our quest. We will seek out physical intelligence and end with full out dancing that is active, exciting, and present.

$8-16 sliding scale

BIO
Meghan Frederick is a performer, choreographer and educator based in Brooklyn, NY and is the director of Meghan Frederick/Practice Project: an arts platform dedicated to the creation and performance of original dance works and the stewardship of supportive spaces for artistic exploration. Her choreography has been shown in New York City at Women in Motion Salon, Threes Brewing, Triskelion Arts, Dixon Place, The Wild Project, Dance New Amsterdam, Green Space, Open Performance through Movement Research, STUFFED at the Judson Church, and at The Walnut Hill School (MA), Small Plates Choreography Festival (NY), Bates Dance Festival (ME), Rutgers University (NJ), Denmark Arts Center (ME) and Barn Arts Collective (ME). Meghan was the 2016 (M)mix Artist in Residence at Marymount Manhattan College (NYC) and her work has been supported by residencies at Denmark Arts Center, Barn Arts Collective, and Lamoine Community Arts (ME). Meghan has recently performed with Liz Lerman, Denman Theater and Dance Company, iele paloumpis, Kendra Portier, Maya Orchin, Catherine Galasso, Carlye Eckert, Laura Peterson Choreography, Jules Bakshi, Marielis Garcia, and Brian Brooks Moving Company (’08-’14). Meghan appears in a dance film choreographed by Haylee Nichele with Derrick Belcher and Tim Fain and in a music video for Esmé Patterson’s ‘I’m No River’, choreographed by Carlye Eckert and directed by David Fishel. Meghan has also worked with Rasa Dance Chicago, Nicole Wolcott, Artichoke Dance Company, Tze Chun Dance Company, VaBang Dance Company, Bronwen MacArthur Dance Project, Elisa Davis, Hanna Satterlee, and Alexis Liston. Meghan has taught dance technique, composition and partnering, at Rutgers University as adjunct faulty, and as a guest artist at Hunter College, Bates College, Dance New Amsterdam, Gibney Dance Center, Moving Target Portland, and 100 Grand. Meghan has taught children and young adults at the Coop School (NY) and through Guest Artist workshops at Pemetic Elementary school (ME) and Summer Festival of the Arts (ME). Meghan attended Hampshire College where she designed her own major combining dance and cultural studies.

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Kaleidoscope Moving Party & FUNDRAISER
Dec
15
7:30 PM19:30

Kaleidoscope Moving Party & FUNDRAISER

Join local artists in celebration of The Living Room and a farewell to 408 Broadway before WE MOVE to Downtown Portland in January 2019. (Stay tuned for more info soon!)

KALEIDOSCOPE is a museum of performance and a community dance party.
Sound, video, and choreography are arranged throughout the space so that each audience member has a unique experience all their own.

$10 suggested, MORE IF YOU CAN

ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE LIVING ROOM ARTS PROGRAMMING

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Contact Improvisation Class & Jam w/ Rachel Schwartz
Dec
15
1:00 PM13:00

Contact Improvisation Class & Jam w/ Rachel Schwartz

Dancers! Athletes! Martial Artists! Movers & Shakers! All are welcome to a Contact Improvisation class and jam for teens and adults of any skill level. Bare beginners are welcome! Incorporating touch and spontaneous collaboration, CI uses the forces of physics to explore areas of movement we could not find alone. We will explore the concepts of entering and exiting dances, points of contact, pouring and supporting weight, falling and flying, varying tone, counterbalance, and deep listening. A Jam will follow each class, providing the opportunity to further develop and experiment with our skills. Looking forward to dancing, moving, and playing with you!

Classes & Jams are held at The Living Room in South Portland, ME: http://thelivingroomdance.com/

Saturdays: October 13, November 10, December 15
1-2pm = class
2-3pm = jam
$5-10 for class OR jam
$10-20 for both

Bio:
Rachel Schwartz has been studying dance for over 30 years, including Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Axis Syllabus, and Contact Improvisation. She has studied CI with world renowned teachers, including Nancy Stark Smith, Ray Chung, Karen Nelson, and Kirstie Simson. She spent 2 years at Earthdance, an improvisational dance retreat center in the Berkshires, and currently teaches in Maine with guest appearances throughout New England.

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Moving Target Portland w/ Rori Smith
Dec
9
1:00 PM13:00

Moving Target Portland w/ Rori Smith

Class begins with somatic exploration, balancing our awareness of internal and external sensation and exploring the body's resonance through the use of breath and voice. We'll dance our skeletons, the potent space within our bony structures, and the fluid that saturates our tissues. We'll build towards partnering exercises that prioritize presence and will play with some spontaneous dramaturgy to be folded into group phrases.


Rori Smith is a dancer, improvisational performer, and somatic(s) researcher. A long-time Philadelphian, now a new Mainer, she holds both an MFA and BA from Temple University. Her practice and teaching explore the biological and metaphysical values of improvisation, performance, and their intersections. Rori's current research focuses on the somatic system Continuum, its history, epistemology, and ethics. She recently completed a cycle of performance projects, in partnership with Memorial University in St. John's Newfoundland and Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, on embodiments of cultivation amongst community gardeners.

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(class) SPELL
Dec
3
5:30 PM17:30

(class) SPELL

SPELL (South Portland Experimental Language League) is a biweekly movement class at The Living Room. All levels welcome! No dance experience required.

SPELL is a place to: warm up, shake out, find a weird new move you like. 
We try out ritual to access new language/s. 
We play good music and laugh. 

We prioritize consent. 

Through informal exercises and mirth, we look inward. (No routines to learn.)

Class offers opt-in solo, pair, and group work. 

***Class is on a sliding scale of $8-$16. No one turned away.

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(class) SPELL
Nov
19
5:30 PM17:30

(class) SPELL

SPELL (South Portland Experimental Language League) is a biweekly movement class at The Living Room. All levels welcome! No dance experience required.

SPELL is a place to: warm up, shake out, find a weird new move you like. 
We try out ritual to access new language/s. 
We play good music and laugh. 

We prioritize consent. 

Through informal exercises and mirth, we look inward. (No routines to learn.)

Class offers opt-in solo, pair, and group work. 

***Class is on a sliding scale of $8-$16. No one turned away.

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(class) Moving Target Portland:  Michael Figueroa
Nov
11
1:00 PM13:00

(class) Moving Target Portland: Michael Figueroa


Class/Workshop Description:

I teach classes that vary in structure. You offer desires/suggestions that shape the content and order of the class to bring about a deeply involved, sweaty, midday moment. Class can consist of improvisation (guided or task-based), contact skills, dense phrase material, floor work, and somatic information. Class pace is geared towards pre-professional/professional dancers. My class is designed in real-time to activate and develop intuitive/instinctual decision-making skills, improve recall of long movement phrases and instill a desire to take risks. Through repetition, we interrogate action and sweat. I encourage you to treat choreography as improvisation and improvisation as choreography.

Biography:

Michael Figueroa is a Boston based performance maker, teacher, server and performer. His dances deal with rulebreaking, rote memory, audience participation, and improvisational situations. His work has been commissioned by the Dance Complex, the Mobius Artists Group, Dance Now Boston and Outside the Box Festival. He has taught workshops at College of the Holy Cross, Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, Moving Target (Boston and Portland, ME), and NACHMO Boston. Michael teaches weekly classes (every Tuesday) as a part of Midday Movement Series, a class series founded by Marissa Molinar that takes place at Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre. Most recently, Michael taught two weeks of Access 8 at Gibney Dance in New York and performed in Dance Now at Joe's Pub in collaboration with Alex Davis. Michael holds a BFA in dance from The Boston Conservatory.

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Contact Improvisation Class & Jam w/ Rachel Schwartz
Nov
10
1:00 PM13:00

Contact Improvisation Class & Jam w/ Rachel Schwartz

Dancers! Athletes! Martial Artists! Movers & Shakers! All are welcome to a Contact Improvisation class and jam for teens and adults of any skill level. Bare beginners are welcome! Incorporating touch and spontaneous collaboration, CI uses the forces of physics to explore areas of movement we could not find alone. We will explore the concepts of entering and exiting dances, points of contact, pouring and supporting weight, falling and flying, varying tone, counterbalance, and deep listening. A Jam will follow each class, providing the opportunity to further develop and experiment with our skills. Looking forward to dancing, moving, and playing with you!

Classes & Jams are held at The Living Room in South Portland, ME: http://thelivingroomdance.com/

Saturdays: October 13, November 10, December 15
1-2pm = class
2-3pm = jam
$5-10 for class OR jam
$10-20 for both

Bio:
Rachel Schwartz has been studying dance for over 30 years, including Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Axis Syllabus, and Contact Improvisation. She has studied CI with world renowned teachers, including Nancy Stark Smith, Ray Chung, Karen Nelson, and Kirstie Simson. She spent 2 years at Earthdance, an improvisational dance retreat center in the Berkshires, and currently teaches in Maine with guest appearances throughout New England.

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(class) SPELL
Nov
5
5:30 PM17:30

(class) SPELL

SPELL (South Portland Experimental Language League) is a biweekly movement class at The Living Room. All levels welcome! No dance experience required.

SPELL is a place to: warm up, shake out, find a weird new move you like. 
We try out ritual to access new language/s. 
We play good music and laugh. 

We prioritize consent. 

Through informal exercises and mirth, we look inward. (No routines to learn.)

Class offers opt-in solo, pair, and group work. 

***Class is on a sliding scale of $8-$16. No one turned away.

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(class/show) Annie Kloppenberg w/Students
Nov
4
1:00 PM13:00

(class/show) Annie Kloppenberg w/Students

Moving Target dance class followed immediately by Works-in-Progress performance of student work from Colby College, Bowdoin College, and Bates College. Feedback and Q&A session to follow. Artists TBA.

1-2:30 Class
2:45-4:45 Works-In-Progress

Class Description:
Class will focus on developing articulate, dynamic, available, and expressive bodies in a dialogue between rigorous technical practice and targeted improvisational exercises. Movement phrases play with control, abandon, and their intersection, emphasizing principles of weight, efficiency, specificity, and torque to illuminate the patterning of movement rather than the action of it alone. Movement sequences are designed to facilitate inquiry into how one might create the physical conditions, which allow the body to perform as its most expressive, most dynamic instrument. We will explore virtuosity and subtle performance textures, increasing dynamic range and depth, valuing individuality in all movement. We work towards greater adaptability of our physical instruments. The simple version: we move big, sweat a lot, and have a great time!

Annie Kloppenberg’s current creative and theoretical research hinges on improvisation. She has presented scholarly papers examining spontaneity in the choreographic process and her article “Improvisation in Process: Post-Control Choreography” can be found in the August 2010 issue of Dance Chronicle. Annie teaches and performs nationally as a member of the improvisational company, Like You Mean It and directs Annie Klopenberg & Company, now based in Boston. Other current projects include a collaboration with Headlong Dance Theater in Philadelphia and a new work with Kendra Portier. Recent choreographic commissions and residencies include Boston Center for the Arts, Dance Theater Workshop (NYC), Dublin Arts Council and OhioDance (OH). Kloppenberg’s choreography has been presented at Movement Research at the Judson Church (NYC), Dance Space Center (now DNA, NYC), and Jennifer Muller/the Works(NYC), The Boston Center for the Arts, Green Street Studios, CMAC, and throughout New England. Annie has worked with the Bebe Miller Company, Sara Pearson & Patrik Widrig, Shani Collins, Rebecca Rice, Cathy Young, Heidi Henderson, Karl Rogers, Meghan Sprenger/MVWorks, Annie Bessera/Striding Lion, Ashley Thorndike, and Katherine Ferrier. Annie has worked in arts administration at the Wexner Center for the Arts, New York City Center, Dance Theater Workshop, and now serves on the board of Green Street Studios. Annie is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Colby College, holds an MFA from The Ohio State University and a BA from Middlebury College.

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(class) Moving Target Portland: Asher Woodworth
Oct
28
1:00 PM13:00

(class) Moving Target Portland: Asher Woodworth

CLASS: This class will be about feeling into our muscles and bones as well as an opportunity to disorient ourselves, and move big. Part aerobic workout dance party, part mind body integration, our focus will be on coordination, motion, whole body perception, and embodied intimacy with self, other, and group. We will sweat to music, manipulate each other’s bodies, and move very quickly, and very slowly. Expect to have fun and be challenged. All over the age of 12 are very much welcome, no dance experience necessary.


In his teaching, Asher draws from his movement and artistic practices, which are deeply influenced by Deborah Hay, Juhani Pallasamaa, Samatha and Vajrayana meditation practices, Jerzy Grotowski and Body Weather, a comprehensive movement (non)technique developed by Min Tanaka at Body Weather Farm in Hakushu, Japan, in which the body is encouraged to fluctuate – like the weather —changing constantly.

BIO: Asher Woodworth is a multidisciplinary artist based in Maine. Asher’s background is in performance, postmodern dance, and video. He works primarily with bodies and concepts, but also objects, plants, and heat. Recently Asher has worked with Dean Moss, Deborah Hay, and Hana van Der Kolk. He has shown his work at Movement Research, Danspace Project, SPACE Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, and has led workshops and performed nationally and internationally at such venues as MoMA, The Walker Art Center, Diverseworks, BRIC, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, The Electric Lodge, CATI Dans, Body Actualized Center, and Uferstudios Berlin. He is the recipient of a 2015 Touring Grant from New England Foundation for the Arts. Asher holds a BA in Dance and Philosophy from Bennington College.

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(class) SPELL
Oct
22
5:30 PM17:30

(class) SPELL

SPELL (South Portland Experimental Language League) is a biweekly movement class at The Living Room. All levels welcome! No dance experience required.

SPELL is a place to: warm up, shake out, find a weird new move you like. 
We try out ritual to access new language/s. 
We play good music and laugh. 

We prioritize consent. 

Through informal exercises and mirth, we look inward. (No routines to learn.)

Class offers opt-in solo, pair, and group work. 

***Class is on a sliding scale of $8-$16. No one turned away.

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(class) Moving Target Portland: Ayano Elson
Oct
21
1:00 PM13:00

(class) Moving Target Portland: Ayano Elson

My class invites movers and makers of all kinds. We will gently warm up using simple physical exercises and improvisation practices. Focusing on supporting and articulating the body’s architecture, we will dance together through guided scores and set material. Class aims to celebrate our unique selves moving, experimenting, and sharing space together.

ARTIST BIO:

Born in Okinawa, Japan, Ayano Elson is a choreographer and designer. Her choreographic work has been presented by AUNTS, Gibney Dance, Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church, and Roulette. Ayano has performed in works by Bell + Clixby, Kim Brandt, Jessica Cook, and devynn emory. A 2018 Movement Research Van Lier Emerging Artist of Color, Ayano will be showing new work at the Chocolate Factory this December. She will be performing regularly in Simone Forti’s Dance Constructions at the Museum of Modern Art through February 2019.

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(class) SPELL w/ special guest Chani Bockwinkel
Oct
15
5:30 PM17:30

(class) SPELL w/ special guest Chani Bockwinkel

SPELL (South Portland Experimental Language League) is a biweekly movement class at The Living Room. All levels welcome! No dance experience required.

SPELL is a place to: warm up, shake out, find a weird new move you like. 
We try out ritual to access new language/s. 
We play good music and laugh. 

We prioritize consent. 

Through informal exercises and mirth, we look inward. (No routines to learn.)

Class offers opt-in solo, pair, and group work. 

***Class is on a sliding scale of $8-$16. No one turned away.

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(class) Moving Target w/Carol Dilley
Oct
14
1:00 PM13:00

(class) Moving Target w/Carol Dilley

Carol Dilley has been a choreographer, performer and teacher internationally for over 30 years. With significant time spent in New York City, Barcelona, Seattle, Sydney Australia and currently at Bates College in Maine. In addition to performance work, Dilley has dedicated much of her creative energy towards making opportunities for dance artists to develop and present work in a supportive and responsive community.  She was cofounding director of La Porta, www.laportabcn.com in Barcelona; developed a performance series for independent choreographers, Dance Briefs, in Sydney Australia in 2001; and the F.A.B. Dance Showcase in Lewiston, Maine in 2004. She has been Director of Dance at Bates College in Maine since 2003, has served as Chair of the Theater and Dance Department and was a founding member of the Bates Arts Collaborative. She is recently back from a 2 year leave where she served as Interim Chair the Dance Department at Hunter and then took an “artist year” in NY.

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Moving Target Portland w/ Molly Hess
Sep
23
1:00 PM13:00

Moving Target Portland w/ Molly Hess

Moving Target Portland is a weekly community movement class open to all levels of adult and teen dancers/movers. Drop-in and pay at the door or register beforehand on our website. $8-16 sliding scale.

Class Description:
A continuously moving guided warm up (based in developmental movement patterns) will prepare us to dive boldly into improvisational dance scores that we will approach with care, but explore without preciousness. We’ll play with memory, momentum, and bad magic tricks. There won’t be a lot of counting but there will be a lot of dancing. This class is open to people of all ages and experiences. 

Teacher Bio:
Molly Hess is a Massachusetts based choreographer, dancer, and educator whose work employs non-linear storytelling to create immersive experiences for audiences. She presents her work regularly throughout the Northeast. Besides having a dedicated independent choreographic practice, Molly is a founding director of 3 Spice Dance, a member of Back Pocket Dancers, and PB&J Dance Company. She is also a member of the GRUNT (Grass Roots US National Tour) network. She teaches dance with a focus on the creative process in Cambridge, MA. Molly received her B.A. in dance from St. Olaf College in 2012. Molly also wears an administrative hat as part of Green Street Studio ' s, and Bearnstow on Parker Pond. She is excited to return to the Living room to teach Moving Target.

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(class) Moving Target w/Michelle Mola
Sep
16
1:00 PM13:00

(class) Moving Target w/Michelle Mola

Performance Composition

Innovative performance draws from all mediums and requires an interdisciplinary skill set from the makers and their performers. In this class on creative practice, original movement and text-based material is created using a series of titled patterns, and exercises designed to name and deepen self-expression. To gain a neutral and ready body, class will begin with a focus on foot health, precision, and core work designed by fitness pioneer Joseph Pilates. The second part explores motivation, impulse, and pushing past physical limitations. This improvisatory time results in original phrase work, where each person makes their unique choreographic and movement styles.

There will be a timed segment for written composition and drawing, to connect to the creative and interior self. Each person will then be given individual guidance and dramaturgical assignments, leading to the development of an original text and movement piece. There will be an ongoing focus on essential performance qualities, examining what creates choreography that resonates and feels honest to perform.

Please bring a notebook and pen to class.

 

Artist Bio

For the past decade Michelle Mola traveled throughout the United States to teach and perform. She has studied anatomy at the Kane School and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Michelle received her early training in Connecticut and New York. She went on to study dance at the North Carolina School of the Arts and The Juilliard School (dir. Lawrence Rhodes), upon graduating, she was awarded a 2008 Annenberg Arts Fellowship for her work in Performance and Choreography. Since 2010, she has worked primarily with the choreographer Jack Ferver, having performed featured roles in three evening-length productions, most recently “Chambre”, nominated for a 2016 Bessie Award for Outstanding Production. As a movement coach and choreographer, Michelle worked with the production for The Amazing Spider-man 2 (2014) with the actors Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, as well as the stunt and visual effect artists from Armstrong Action. Her teachings and choreographic work focuses on inhabiting character through improvisation, and interdisciplinary composition.

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(class) Moving Target w/Madison Palffy
Sep
9
1:00 PM13:00

(class) Moving Target w/Madison Palffy

Class Description:

I believe in dance class as a space where magic can happen; where we can fly, shake, slither, roll, and leap. Where we can honor the bodies that we have--with all of their beautiful idiosyncrasies--and learn to use them more efficiently and joyfully. We will spend a lot of time on the floor. Drawing upon systems such as Contact Improvisation, release technique, and the Axis Syllabus, we will look at floor-work as a series of mini falls, ramps, and spills that then prepare us to take bigger risks when moving through space. Experimenting with rhythms, partnering, and locomotion, the class is infused with somatic principles and improvisational explorations. 

 

Bio:

Madison Palffy is a dancer, performance-maker, and visual artist originally from Chicago. Her work is a continual investigation of magic, the senses, mystery, wilderness, and failure. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College where she studied dance, performance, and queer theory. She has had the pleasure of performing in works by Kathleen Hermesdorf, Wendy Woodson, Paul Matteson, Angie Hauser, Chris Aiken, Katie Martin, Lailye Weidman, and Cathy Nicoli and has performed at venues such as Studio 303 (Montreal), the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Iron Factory (Philadelphia), Dixon Place (NYC), Ponderosa (Germany), and the Southern Vermont Dance Festival. Madison is a founding member of LOCULUS, a dance and performance collective based in Northampton, MA that creates performances in non-traditional spaces and produces a quarterly journal. 

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DISCOUNT DEADLINE for Youth Creative Movement Fall Classes
Aug
30
12:00 AM00:00

DISCOUNT DEADLINE for Youth Creative Movement Fall Classes

Our kids program begins Sept 4, 2018!

We offer students the tools with which to live a deeply embodied life, whether on the stage or in the world. Classes focus on developing somatic awareness, creative voice, and participation within a group to build thoughtful and present performers. Students are encouraged to take up space, find new ways to use their bodies, and create original movement with peers. The series will end with a performance for friends & family.

RECEIVE $15 OFF IF YOU REGISTER BY AUG 30!

Prorated reimbursement for cancellations received by Sept 14, 2018

Sign up TODAY!

 

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(class) SPELL
Jul
30
5:30 PM17:30

(class) SPELL

SPELL (South Portland Experimental Language League) is a biweekly movement class at The Living Room. All levels welcome! No dance experience required.

SPELL is a place to: warm up, shake out, find a weird new move you like. 
We try out ritual to access new language/s. 
We play good music and laugh. 

We prioritize consent. 

Through informal exercises and mirth, we look inward. (No routines to learn.)

Class offers opt-in solo, pair, and group work. 

***Class is on a sliding scale of $8-$16. No one turned away.

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(class) SPELL
Jul
16
5:30 PM17:30

(class) SPELL

SPELL (South Portland Experimental Language League) is a biweekly movement class at The Living Room. All levels welcome! No dance experience required.

SPELL is a place to: warm up, shake out, find a weird new move you like. 
We try out ritual to access new language/s. 
We play good music and laugh. 

We prioritize consent. 

Through informal exercises and mirth, we look inward. (No routines to learn.)

Class offers opt-in solo, pair, and group work. 

***Class is on a sliding scale of $8-$16. No one turned away.

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(class) Release Technique with Scott McPheeters
Jul
15
1:00 PM13:00

(class) Release Technique with Scott McPheeters

In this 4-class series, we will fall, regain balance, find suspension, use weight to gain momentum, experience release, and seek a fully integrated body. We will aim to indulge in individualized somatic experience through rich imagery and patience, and heighten our awareness of body in space in a way that encourages witness. Come feel the skin of your bones, tumble upward, fly into the floor, be still, perform, and be a witness.

$8-16 sliding scale

Scott McPheeters is a Philadelphia-based performer, choreographer, and educator. He co-directs dance and video installation company, subcircle (www.subcircle.org), is the resident choreographer for Enchantment Theatre Company, and performs regularly with Nichole Canuso Dance Company and his duet partner, Gina Hoch-Stall. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Temple University dance department and, in January, he joined an MFA program in Interdisciplinary Arts at Sierra Nevada College.

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(class) Release Technique with Scott McPheeters
Jul
8
1:00 PM13:00

(class) Release Technique with Scott McPheeters

In this 4-class series, we will fall, regain balance, find suspension, use weight to gain momentum, experience release, and seek a fully integrated body. We will aim to indulge in individualized somatic experience through rich imagery and patience, and heighten our awareness of body in space in a way that encourages witness. Come feel the skin of your bones, tumble upward, fly into the floor, be still, perform, and be a witness.

$8-16 sliding scale

Scott McPheeters is a Philadelphia-based performer, choreographer, and educator. He co-directs dance and video installation company, subcircle (www.subcircle.org), is the resident choreographer for Enchantment Theatre Company, and performs regularly with Nichole Canuso Dance Company and his duet partner, Gina Hoch-Stall. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Temple University dance department and, in January, he joined an MFA program in Interdisciplinary Arts at Sierra Nevada College.

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(class) SPELL
Jul
2
5:30 PM17:30

(class) SPELL

SPELL (South Portland Experimental Language League) is a biweekly movement class at The Living Room. All levels welcome! No dance experience required.

SPELL is a place to: warm up, shake out, find a weird new move you like. 
We try out ritual to access new language/s. 
We play good music and laugh. 

We prioritize consent. 

Through informal exercises and mirth, we look inward. (No routines to learn.)

Class offers opt-in solo, pair, and group work. 

***Class is on a sliding scale of $8-$16. No one turned away.

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(class) Release Technique with Scott McPheeters
Jul
1
1:00 PM13:00

(class) Release Technique with Scott McPheeters

In this 4-class series, we will fall, regain balance, find suspension, use weight to gain momentum, experience release, and seek a fully integrated body. We will aim to indulge in individualized somatic experience through rich imagery and patience, and heighten our awareness of body in space in a way that encourages witness. Come feel the skin of your bones, tumble upward, fly into the floor, be still, perform, and be a witness.

$8-16 sliding scale

Scott McPheeters is a Philadelphia-based performer, choreographer, and educator. He co-directs dance and video installation company, subcircle (www.subcircle.org), is the resident choreographer for Enchantment Theatre Company, and performs regularly with Nichole Canuso Dance Company and his duet partner, Gina Hoch-Stall. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Temple University dance department and, in January, he joined an MFA program in Interdisciplinary Arts at Sierra Nevada College.

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