(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
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: 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/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) 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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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) 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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(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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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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(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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(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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(class) Release Technique with Scott McPheeters
Jun
24
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
Jun
18
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) Multi-layered Modern with Kerry Constantino
Jun
17
1:00 PM13:00

(class) Multi-layered Modern with Kerry Constantino

Moving Target Portland presents: Multi-layered Modern, a modern dance class for every body with Kerry Constantino

During this 4-week class series we will:

Connect with breath.
Ground ourselves.
Explore guided movement.
Practice classical “modern” technique and experiment with applying it to our own body.
Tune in and sense our multi-layered physical selves.
Use fundamentals of modern dance to help us articulate our movement.
Learn choreography.
Experience how moving fully can alter our perceptions of our body.
Sense, discover, improvise, and experiment.
Sweat it out.
Leave everything on the dance floor.

Every class is open and welcome to drop in students, however, choreography will develop from week to week, culminating in a long phrase that we will manipulate, so participating in the whole series is encouraged!

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Zap: a film about Ruth Zaporah
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

Zap: a film about Ruth Zaporah

Zap, a documentary film by Deborah Fort, explores the lifelong artistic passion and boundless curiosity of Ruth Zaporah, founder, performer and teacher of Action Theater. How do we live full and meaningful lives? How do we find the passions that sustain us? Ruth started dancing as soon as she could walk and, 80 years later, she is still performing and sharing her creative innovations.

Zap Teaser   https://vimeo.com/240774064

Deborah Fort is an independent filmmaker from Santa Fe, NM. In addition to producing this documentary film on Ruth Zaporah, she has developed interactive video systems that she has employed in solo performance as well as in improvisational performances with other artists. Deborah teaches digital media at The University of New Mexico.

http://www.deborahfort.com/


 

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(class) Multi-layered Modern with Kerry Constantino
Jun
10
1:00 PM13:00

(class) Multi-layered Modern with Kerry Constantino

Moving Target Portland presents: Multi-layered Modern, a modern dance class for every body with Kerry Constantino

During this 4-week class series we will:

Connect with breath.
Ground ourselves.
Explore guided movement.
Practice classical “modern” technique and experiment with applying it to our own body.
Tune in and sense our multi-layered physical selves.
Use fundamentals of modern dance to help us articulate our movement.
Learn choreography.
Experience how moving fully can alter our perceptions of our body.
Sense, discover, improvise, and experiment.
Sweat it out.
Leave everything on the dance floor.

Every class is open and welcome to drop in students, however, choreography will develop from week to week, culminating in a long phrase that we will manipulate, so participating in the whole series is encouraged!

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(class) CANCELED: The Dance Club w/ Nicole Antonette
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

(class) CANCELED: The Dance Club w/ Nicole Antonette

This class has been canceled.

The Dance Club is a dance party, a sober dance, and a workout for the whole body. 

We begin with guided movements to get warmed up and then the dance floor is all yours!

Today's Hits, Trap, Hip-Hop and R&B, Classic Rock, Classic Soul, World Mix and more...

For all levels of experience. Every 2nd Saturday!

Led by Nicole Chioma Antonette Mokeme, a local performance artist and a movement facilitator for children, teens and adults.

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(class) SPELL
Jun
4
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) Multi-layered Modern with Kerry Constantino
Jun
3
1:00 PM13:00

(class) Multi-layered Modern with Kerry Constantino

Moving Target Portland presents: Multi-layered Modern, a modern dance class for every body with Kerry Constantino

During this 4-week class series we will:

Connect with breath.
Ground ourselves.
Explore guided movement.
Practice classical “modern” technique and experiment with applying it to our own body.
Tune in and sense our multi-layered physical selves.
Use fundamentals of modern dance to help us articulate our movement.
Learn choreography.
Experience how moving fully can alter our perceptions of our body.
Sense, discover, improvise, and experiment.
Sweat it out.
Leave everything on the dance floor.

Every class is open and welcome to drop in students, however, choreography will develop from week to week, culminating in a long phrase that we will manipulate, so participating in the whole series is encouraged!

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(class) Multi-layered Modern with Kerry Constantino
May
27
1:00 PM13:00

(class) Multi-layered Modern with Kerry Constantino

Moving Target Portland presents: Multi-layered Modern, a modern dance class for every body with Kerry Constantino

During this 4-week class series we will:

Connect with breath.
Ground ourselves.
Explore guided movement.
Practice classical “modern” technique and experiment with applying it to our own body.
Tune in and sense our multi-layered physical selves.
Use fundamentals of modern dance to help us articulate our movement.
Learn choreography.
Experience how moving fully can alter our perceptions of our body.
Sense, discover, improvise, and experiment.
Sweat it out.
Leave everything on the dance floor.

Every class is open and welcome to drop in students, however, choreography will develop from week to week, culminating in a long phrase that we will manipulate, so participating in the whole series is encouraged!

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(show) Devotion Chorus: Heather Doyle AIR performance & talk-back
May
25
8:00 PM20:00

(show) Devotion Chorus: Heather Doyle AIR performance & talk-back

Come see what Heather Doyle, Artist in Residence, has been working on!
$5-10
photo credit: Pat Berrett

Devotion Chorus is a solo improvisation and creative practice characterized by multiple iterations of solos created by extracting visual and sonic ephemera from past creative projects into new dances. These collagic works operate with dual internal and external focus, recognizing the boundaries between performer and observers, inviting space for each type of participant into hyper awareness of the modulation of focus between the experience being presented and the subtler level of engagement within that time and space.

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(class) SPELL
May
21
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 w/ Heather Doyle
May
20
1:00 PM13:00

(class) Moving Target Portland w/ Heather Doyle

A community dance class with Artist in Residence, Heather Doyle. $8-16 sliding scale.

(photo credit to Pat Berrett)

Artist Bio:
I am a dance artist from the piedmont of North Carolina. I have recently lived in occupied Pueblo Sandia territory, also called Albuquerque, New Mexico after several years of living and creating in so-called Washington, DC, occupied Piscataway territory. My current creative work includes performing with Dance Exhange's Growing Our Own Gardens in DC, and my choreography will be presented at Guapamacataro Center for Art and Ecology, and Performatica Festival (MX). I have recently worked on dance projects with Erica Rebollar/Rebollar Dance, Kjerstin Lysne, and Katie Sopoci Drake. I have performed in DC with Tzveta Kassabova, Human Landscape Dance, Graham Brown, Nathan Andary, mansurdance, Deborah Riley Dance Projects, and as a guest with The Playground, Dance Box Theater and PearsonWidrig Dance Theater. I engaged in logistical and production support as part of the Dance Exchange’s How to Lose a Mountain project. I send deep gratitude for my creative work in North Carolina with Niki Juralewicz, the Informall Theater Company, and the John Gamble Dance Theater. My choreography has been presented at the Performatica Festival, Carlisle Theater (NM) Movement Research’s Open Performance, the North Carolina Dance Project, the Greensboro Fringe Festival, Artomatic, and the Dinner Party. I practice and teach Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis. I have extensive experience in dance production and supporting numerous emerging performing artists. I am also a queer, white, middle-class, college-educated, able-bodied, settler-colonizer, cis woman.

My creative interests lie in accessing the rebellious and peculiar, in process and performance. I value the exchange that occurs between all collaborators in a project, including designers and performers, to create an experience of growth and challenge, and to share that tender and fragile moment with the audience. I create work using a blend of the power of intuition through improvisation, eclectic creative processing including writing, speaking and moving in diverse spaces, lots of heart, and random occurrences along the journey. I seek to create work that will challenge the imagination to see (or create) relationship out of randomness, and to open to the ambiguous beauty of physical and emotional interplay between performers, and performers and audience. My dances evoke subtle and deep connections, and are a visceral affirmation of the minute shifts and dramatic transformations we create within ourselves, with each other, and our world. I place my life/work as being an artist and healer contributing narratives to struggles in my US South home, and in southern Appalachia in particular. In this long journey, my community works to stay awake to the world we want to live in, to help us confront, heal from and ultimately get free of the systems of oppression that are entrenched and upheld in dominant society. I see movement, and collaborative art making, as a possible tool in this work.

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(class) Contact Class & Jam
May
19
10:30 AM10:30

(class) Contact Class & Jam

We will practice Contact Improv Fundamentals with 4 stand alone classes, incorporating touch and spontaneous collaboration, that are appropriate for beginner and experienced movers alike. 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!

10:30-11:30=class
11:30-12:30=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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(show) Black Bodies Gone Down: Malcolm-x Betts performance & talk-back
May
11
8:00 PM20:00

(show) Black Bodies Gone Down: Malcolm-x Betts performance & talk-back

Come check out what Artist in Residence, Malcolm-x Betts has been working on! Then join the talkback session moderated by Chloe Cekada
$5-10 Online
$10 at door

(Optional, free, pre-show gathering for people of color at Maine Center for Electronic Music, 511 Congress Street, Portland, at 6pm)

Black Bodies Gone Down is a embodied multi-dimensional, interdisciplinary investigation looking closely at Black masculinity, mortality and liberation; the radical passage of breaking free of bondage of the oppressive structures that hold black bodies down and captured in the negative cycle of history/past/future.

Being a black male in the Western society means often one is in close proximity to death on a daily basis, both by being overshadowed by law functioning under politics of exclusion and not meant to protect one's life or be it fighting continuously the systematic oppression, which makes one at times want to face mortality rather than enjoy the beauty of what life could be.

Black Bodies Gone Down is more than a performance work. It is an informed reaching into the past to conjure a better future without fear and speaking in to being a collective Utopia played out in an imaginative display of individual desire to break from the bondage of “white” structures permeating the air ingested and capacious display of black futurity.

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(class) SPELL
May
7
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 w/ Malcolm-x Betts
May
6
1:00 PM13:00

(class) Moving Target Portland w/ Malcolm-x Betts

Moving Target Portland community class with Artist in Residence Malcolm-x Betts.
$8-16 sliding scale.

Malcolm-x Betts is a New York City-based curator, visual, and dance artist who believes that art is a transformative vehicle that brings people and communities together. The frame of his artistic work is around using embodiment for finding liberation, Black imagination, and directly engaging with challenges placed on the physical body.

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(class) 1st Saturday Contact Improv: Rachel Schwartz
May
5
10:30 AM10:30

(class) 1st Saturday Contact Improv: Rachel Schwartz

We will practice Contact Improv Fundamentals with 4 stand alone classes, incorporating touch and spontaneous collaboration, that are appropriate for beginner and experienced movers alike. 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!

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10:30-11:30=class

11:30-12:30=jam

$5-10 for class OR jam

$10-20 for both

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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) Re-framing the Collective: Ensemble tools & obstacles- Moving Target Portland w/ Lailye Weidman
Apr
29
1:00 PM13:00

(class) Re-framing the Collective: Ensemble tools & obstacles- Moving Target Portland w/ Lailye Weidman

How do tension and difference bring us into togetherness?
Can group negotiation and conflict facilitate dynamic choreography?
How does dancing expand notions of collectivity and collective action?

In this workshop, we will address these questions through movement practices and improvisation scores that operate on consent, consensus, and interdependency as well as others in which the roles of “leader” and “follower” shift frequently. The methods for improvisation and dance making that I will be sharing in this workshop make reference to contact improvisation and partnering practices, but no prior experience is required.

Also, we will warm up hard and sweaty to pop music. 

Bio
Lailye Weidman is a choreographer, dancer, and writer based in Massachusetts. Her recent projects include Showman , an homage to the resonance of hardcore music; Social Animal Please Tame Me (2016), an ensemble dance theater work investigating consent and consensus; birthing room (2015), a solo tracing textures of place and displacement; and Dike Dance (2014), a site-specific performance and community dialogue in collaboration with scientists from the National Seashore. She is part of Femmelab, a queer research and movement collective; and she collaborates with the Movement Party to produce Fleet Moves, an annual site-based dance festival on Cape Cod.

Lailye received a BA in dance from UCLA and an MFA in dance from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. Her work has been shown at venues on both coasts and the midwest including the Domestic Performance Agency, Movement Research at the Judson Church, and the New School in New York City, Anatomy Riot and Pieter PASD in Los Angeles, CounterPulse and the Joe Goode Annex in San Francisco, Green Street Studios and the Aviary Gallery in Boston, and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Champaign, IL. She has been an artist-in-residence with the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature, and Dance (iLAND), at Hothouse UCLA, and the SEEDS Festival at Earthdance. She teaches improvisation and dance studies in academic and community settings, and is an Associate Editor of Contact Quarterly, a vehicle for moving ideas. Along with Meredith Bove, Lailye is co-recipient of a grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts’ New England Dance Fund to support their upcoming collaborative apprenticeship with one another expanding their skills in the art of dance dramaturgy.

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