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

(class) The Dance Club w/ Nicole Antonette

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) 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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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
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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Weekend Intensive at The Living Room: Contact & Composition
Jun
23
to Jun 24

Weekend Intensive at The Living Room: Contact & Composition

Weekend Intensive at The Living Room:
One Day of Contact Improvisation with Rachel Schwartz
One Day of Composition & Technique with Scott McPheeters

Immerse yourself in artistic process and physically nourishing training all weekend at the Living Room! Dive deep with two accomplished artists to broaden your capacity for dynamic, nuanced dancing. Sign up for one or both workshops.

Pricing
$200 for the whole weekend (early bird rate: $160)
$125 for each day (early bird rate $80)
Early bird Deadline: May 25, 2018
FINAL day to register: June 15, 2018

Workshop Descriptions

EMBRACING THE UNKNOWN: A Contact Improvisation Workshop with Rachel Schwartz
Saturday, June 23, 2018
10:30am-5pm (with 1.5 hours for lunch)

In this workshop, we will cultivate our attention and listening skills to create thoughtful composition, intentional choice making, and engaged connections. We will focus our senses inward, and expand our sensations outward. We will dance in duets, trios, larger groups, and as soloists. We will build trust for ourselves as well as our dance partners. We will say no, and we will say yes. We will offer, and we will receive. We will maintain curiosity, and we will explore possibilities. We will embrace the unknown.

PERFORMATIVE TRUTH TELLING with Scott McPheeters
Sunday June 24, 2018
10:30am-5pm (with 1.5 hours for lunch)

How can we dance our truths and claim the space we need while also honoring and accommodating the actions and impulses of those around us? In what moments do you require support and when are you most able to give it? Can performance that includes elements of self care and indulgence hold the attention of an audience? In this composition workshop, we will practice listening to and “performing” within our somatic capacities at any given moment: taking space, giving support, receiving support, embracing synchronicity, working in isolation… Can the variations in our emotional and physical rhythms provide a performative container that holds tension and, therefore, captures attention?

About the Teachers

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.

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
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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(class) SPELL: South Portland Experimental Language League
Apr
23
5:30 PM17:30

(class) SPELL: South Portland Experimental Language League

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. 

Engaging with movement through informal exercises and mirth, we focus on looking inward. No routines to learn.

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

We also invite guest teachers to share their practices by leading the main part of class. Reach out if this is you or your friend.

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

 

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(class) Moving Target Portland w/ Laurel Snyder
Apr
22
1:00 PM13:00

(class) Moving Target Portland w/ Laurel Snyder

“Who is this Body?” is a movement experience that is open to movers of all ages and experience levels. This class strives to create an inspiring, supportive environment in which students feel comfortable and free to take risks within and outside of their bodies. We will take a playful, hands-on approach to understanding our structures, heightening our awareness of ourselves and how we navigate through space. I encourage movers to discover or redefine their movement potential and identity through exercises that emphasize correct alignment, softness into the floor, articulation, energetic efficiency and ease. We will work with touch, breath, voice and imagination to inspire curiosity and creativity that will hopefully stay with us as we leave the studio and re-enter the world around us.

$8-16 sliding scale

Laurel Snyder is a dance artist, educator and musician based in NYC. Since receiving her BFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 2009, Laurel has performed with artists such as Faye Driscoll, Tere O’Connor, Tatyana Tenenbaum and Kendra Portier at NYC venues such as the Chocolate Factory, Danspace, BAM and the Kitchen. Laurel’s choreography has most recently been presented by Triskelion Arts, Center for Performance Research (CPR), Chez Bushwick, Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church and the Tank and she and collaborator, Adam Schatz are 2017-2018 recipients of Exploring the Metropolis' Choreographer + Composer Residency. Laurel is passionate about teaching movement and vocal practices and has been invited by various local and international organizations such as Rutgers University, Colby College, Leviathan Studios (BC), Gibney Dance and Dance Exchange as a guest teaching artist. Additionally, Laurel has acted as a vocal consultant for choreographers such as Nadia Tykulsker and Ivy Baldwin. In May 2017, Laurel curated, co-produced and performed in three evenings of interdisciplinary performance at Threes Brewing (Brooklyn, NY) and she is dedicated to creating more opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations in casual spaces. Laurel's work and her teaching practice emphasize self-acceptance and explore the complicated relationship between performer and witness, fear and fantasy, the voice and the body and the truth behind this layered expression.

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(show) You & Me, Together We: AIR Performance & Talkback w/ L.Snyder
Apr
21
8:00 PM20:00

(show) You & Me, Together We: AIR Performance & Talkback w/ L.Snyder

Come see what these Artists in Residence have been working on!
$5-10
pay online or
cash only at door

You & Me, Together We... is a live presentation of a new embodied songwriting practice currently being developed by dance artist, vocalist and choreographer, Laurel Snyder, musician and composer, Adam Schatz and dance artist, Emma Judkins. They use movement, voice, electronically manipulated recorded sound, saxophone and keyboard to devise original melody, lyric and movement live in performance.

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(class) The Underscore
Apr
21
1:00 PM13:00

(class) The Underscore

The Underscore happens on the third Saturday of every month starting Jan 20 through May 19, 2018.

1-2pm = Talk Through (required for first-timers)
2-4pm = Underscore practice

The Underscore is a structure for practicing contact improvisation within a compositional framework developed by Nancy Stark Smith. "It is a score that guides dancers through a series of 'changing states,' from solo deepening/releasing and sensitizing to gravity and support; through group circulation and interaction, Contact Improvisation engagements, opening out to full group improvisation with compositional awareness, and back to rest and reflection." (Nancy Stark Smith, Caught Falling 2008).

A talk-through about the Underscore will be given from 1-2pm followed by the practice of the Underscore from 2-4pm. The Underscore is open to people who already have some experience in Contact Improvisation and have participated in at least one Underscore talk-through. The talk-through IS REQUIRED FOR FIRST-TIMERS.

We offer a sliding scale payment structure to make our classes accessible for everyone. $8-16

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(class) Moving Target Portland: Meghan Frederick
Apr
15
1:00 PM13:00

(class) Moving Target Portland: Meghan Frederick

Desire, Impulse, Labor: Scores from ‘I want to be a dancing body’, ‘SOFT BLUE’, and beyond

In this workshop we will engage in simple somatic exercises to enter into the body and tune our senses. We will discuss working definitions of the terms ‘desire, impulse, and labor’, and use these ideas as we learn improvisational scores from the dances i want to be a dancing body- 2017 and SOFT BLUE- 2016. We will use these building blocks to create further original scores for performance.

$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) 1st Saturday Contact Improv: Rachel Schwartz
Apr
14
10:30 AM10:30

(class) 1st Saturday Contact Improv: Rachel Schwartz

PLEASE NOTE: 1st Saturday Contact Improv will be held on the 2nd Saturday of April (4/14)

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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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(show) Vanessa & YES: Meghan Frederick AIR performance & talk-back
Apr
13
8:00 PM20:00

(show) Vanessa & YES: Meghan Frederick AIR performance & talk-back

Meghan Frederick explores two new solos: ‘Vanessa’ and ‘YES.’

‘Vanessa’ explores the image of the half-female monster/witch body as a character, a solo, and original occurrence. It highlights the body as a ‘strange’ body in and of itself, rather than drawing attention to what this body can enact or represent as a ‘dancing’ body. It is slow, meticulous, and awkward.

'YES' is a quiet solo. It seeks to place the dancer always in the unfolding present and uses simple directives to cultivate presence, desire and choice. Inside of these directives the dancer's unique relationships to 'technique', 'training', and ‘style’ are revealed but not judged. We begin to see her as an ultimately unique ‘dancing body’ with the power to choose when and how she dances.

Talk back conversation moderated by Vanessa Anspaugh.

$5-10 sliding scale

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(class) Moving Target Portland w/ Riley Watts
Apr
8
1:00 PM13:00

(class) Moving Target Portland w/ Riley Watts

The day after Maine Moves Saturday evening performance, come enjoy a community movement class with one of the performers, Riley Watts!
$8-16 sliding scale

Watts is based in Portland, and his work explores consciousness through movement. He trained at Bangor Ballet and Walnut Hill School for the Arts and received a bachelor’s degree in dance from The Juilliard School in 2007. He has danced across Europe and works as a freelance teacher, choreographer, researcher and performer. Watts is on the faculty at the Bangor Ballet, a member of the advisory committee for the Bates Dance Festival and a dance and performance advisor for Space Gallery. He is the recipient of a Princess Grace Award.

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Registration EXTENDED for Kids Circus Until April 20
Apr
8
to Apr 20

Registration EXTENDED for Kids Circus Until April 20

NEW! KIDS CIRCUS CLASSES

DEADLINE TO REGISTER HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO APRIL 20!
(Online registration only.)

 

WEDNESDAYS

April 25 - June 6

4:30 - 5:30 PM

BEGINNER CIRCUS, Age 8-12

Through games, improvisation and training students learn the basics of several circus arts including juggling, balancing objects, spinning diabolos, riding unicycles and clowning. Students engage their creative voice as they build the prop work into solo or group circus acts. Character, audience engagement and performance will all be explored with silliness and curiosity.

REGISTER

 

THURSDAYS

April 26 - June 7

3:30 - 5 PM

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED CIRCUS, Age 10-15

Designed for students who can juggle three balls and ride a unicycle without a spotter, this class provides focused, structured space to grow skills, meeting the needs of students at many different levels. Simultaneously, students will learn creative and engaging methods to present their tricks within the context of performance. In addition to solo work, we will create and develop as a group - juggling with partners, unicycling in patterns and performing with a team.

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About the Teacher

Janoah “anygoodjokes” Bailin learned to juggle as a bored ten-year-old. He studied with the Suspenders Juggling Troupe in Falmouth, MA, then toured with Circus Smirkus. Janoah attended the College of the Atlantic in Maine. He teaches students all over Portland, ME how to juggle, perform and drop things playfully and is an instructor for the Gym Dandies Children's Circus of Scarborough.

 

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(class) The Dance Club w/ Nicole Antonette
Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

(class) The Dance Club w/ Nicole Antonette

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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(show) CANCELED: I Invited Oprah: AIR Performance & Talkback: Liana Conyers
Mar
30
8:00 PM20:00

(show) CANCELED: I Invited Oprah: AIR Performance & Talkback: Liana Conyers

DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, THIS PERFORMANCE HAD TO BE CANCELED.

Work in Progress showing by Artist in Residence Liana Conyers.
$5-10

"I Invited Oprah" is an exploratory journey of Black familial dynamics, shared memories, and addressing trauma. The work was conceived as part of Dance and Process at The Kitchen, NYC for the 2016-2017 season. The work examines how a performer can embody other characters and represent their memories through movement, sound, and affect.

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(class) SPELL
Mar
26
5:30 PM17:30

(class) SPELL

SPELL into the shortest month // Come join us!

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

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

Engaging with movement through informal exercises and mirth, we focus on looking inward, exploring for ourselves. No routines to learn; nothing mirror-facing.

Class includes solo, pair, and group work, which is all opt-in. We begin slow, continue with up-tempo scores, and land in one or two longer, more focused exercises.

We also invite guest teachers to share their (vastly varying) practices by leading the main part of class. Reach out if this is you or your friend. Guest teachers do NOT have to be dancers or movement teachers! Visual artists, writers, therapists, educators, etc. all welcome to facilitate.

***Class is on a sliding scale of $8-$16. If this is a hardship, please still come! No one turned away.

***Note that The Living Room Dance is unfortunately not an ADA-compliant space. If you have specific accessibility questions, please reach out.

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(class) CANCELED: Moving Target Portland: Liana Conyers
Mar
25
1:00 PM13:00

(class) CANCELED: Moving Target Portland: Liana Conyers

DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, LIANA CONYER'S RESIDENCY HAD TO BE CANCELED, INCLUDING THIS CLASS AND THE PERFORMANCE ON MARCH 30.

The class will focus on moving from the inside out, with an emphasis on collective embodiment. We will explore somatic, post-modern, and African dance movements in order to access body fluidity, dynamic variation, and artistic expression. We will pay close attention the the analysis of time, space, and energy as it applies to movement concepts.

$8-16 sliding scale

Bio
Liana Conyers, M.F.A. is a dancer, choreographer, and educator in the tri-state region. She has performed with Keith Thompson, Jhon Stronks, Wayne Smith, Habib Chester Iddrisu, Masankho Kamsisi Banda, Susan Sgorbati, and CORE Performance Company. A Georgia native, her work has been presented at Emory University, Spelman College, ACDF, Big Range Festival, Philadiction Movement, Movement Research, The Kitchen, and alternate for NYLA Fresh Tracks. She is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Bard Early College and a 2017-2018 Bard Faculty Fellow, where she teaches college-level courses in Modern Dance, Composition, Performance Art, The Black Arts Movement, Dance Film, and Black Aesthetics in Mass Media.

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(class) Storytelling and Performance "Playshop" for Adults
Mar
24
11:00 AM11:00

(class) Storytelling and Performance "Playshop" for Adults

With serious conditions of today's world, it can be easy to forget to make time to play!

Nicole invites participants of all levels to use this playshop as form of exploration and discovery.

The playshop is a designed play space for adult artists/performers looking to find new ways to engage through creativity and for beginners who simply don't make enough time to release through play .

We begin with a physical warm-up followed by individual and collective storytelling. We close the playshop with hands on creativity through, arts, crafts and performance.

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

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(class) Moving Target Portland: Sofia Engelman & Em Papineau
Mar
18
1:00 PM13:00

(class) Moving Target Portland: Sofia Engelman & Em Papineau

This is a postmodern/contemporary movement class that revolves around dancing with other bodies. Working improvisationally and with set material, in close proximity and from afar, we find synchronicity, contradiction, and softness. Through a queer lens, we reimagine existing dance frameworks and techniques for moving with others. How can we disrupt them? How can we make this a mess?...We will touch each other, perform for each other, aim for specificity and succeed at failing. All genders, abilities, and levels of experience will be welcomed.

$8-16 sliding scale

Em Papineau and Sofia Engelman are dance artists based in New England, studying at Smith College. Their partnership centers around studying/researching/exploring/investigating duet forms, queerness, mess, and work with objects and text. Their first work, “Where the air is light and clear,” was presented at ACDA and is a study of queer love, being seen, athleticism, and sameness. Em and Sofia have both studied with Heidi Henderson, Shayla-Vie Jenkins, Chris Aiken, and Karl Rogers, and are interns at Contact Quarterly. Em has performed in works by choreographers including Dante Brown, Shakia Johnson, Chris Aiken, and Meredith Lyons, and has shown work at the Bates Dance Festival, Smith College, Casco Bay Movers, and the Franco-American Heritage Center. Sofia has shown solo works at venues such as Ponderosa, ICA/Boston, School of Contemporary Dance and Thought, and Bates Dance Festival, and performed in the work of Lauren Simpson, Angie Hauser and Chris Aiken, and Michael Figueroa. The pair look forward to continuing to build a joint body of work.

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(show) Where the air is light & clear: AIR Sofia & Em performance + talkback
Mar
17
8:00 PM20:00

(show) Where the air is light & clear: AIR Sofia & Em performance + talkback

Come out and see what Artists in Residence Sofia Engleman and Em Papineau have been working on!
$5-10

“Where the air is light and clear” is a short yet highly athletic duet. Within a queer, romantic frame, the work focuses on physicality. The physicality of two similar bodies...or at least two bodies often read similarly. The performers go for a ride, following and interrupting momentum, finding space together and apart.

In postmodern movement practices, traditionally, one of the ways the body is neutralized is that it is desexualized. While embracing awkwardness, oddities, and a sense of anatomy and physics, our sexy pomo dancing practice welcomes sexuality through incorporating hip movements, isolations and undulations, musicality, gesture and facial expression, and other ways of engaging with one’s sexual solo body.

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(class) POSTPONED: The Underscore
Mar
17
1:00 PM13:00

(class) POSTPONED: The Underscore

NO CLASS on MARCH 17, 2018! See you back in the studio in April!

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The Underscore is a structure for practicing contact improvisation within a compositional framework developed by Nancy Stark Smith. "It is a score that guides dancers through a series of 'changing states,' from solo deepening/releasing and sensitizing to gravity and support; through group circulation and interaction, Contact Improvisation engagements, opening out to full group improvisation with compositional awareness, and back to rest and reflection." (Nancy Stark Smith, Caught Falling 2008).

A talk-through about the Underscore will be given from 1-2pm followed by the practice of the Underscore from 2-4pm. The Underscore is open to people who already have some experience in Contact Improvisation and have participated in at least one Underscore talk-through. The talk-through IS REQUIRED FOR FIRST-TIMERS.

We offer a sliding scale payment structure to make our classes accessible for everyone. $8-16

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(show) Kaleidoscope: An Evening of Performance
Mar
16
8:00 PM20:00

(show) Kaleidoscope: An Evening of Performance

Kaleidoscope is an evening of time-based art constructed by the Living Room Dance Collective inspired by the non-hierarchical formats developed by US dance collectives AUNTS and SALTA. Episodes of sound, video, choreographic exploration, and interactive activity are arranged throughout the nooks and crannies of a large space, events overlapping so that each audience member has a unique experience all their own.

$12 suggested donation, no one turned away

Altogether, the evening will unfold into an interactive museum of performance art, dance, sound, and installation. By facilitating the audience’s agency to move throughout the space and change their vantage point, Kaleidoscope aims to break down barriers between artist and audience, demonstrating that the work does not exist without viewers’ participation and experience of it.

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(class) SPELL
Mar
12
5:30 PM17:30

(class) SPELL

SPELL into the shortest month // Come join us!

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

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

Engaging with movement through informal exercises and mirth, we focus on looking inward, exploring for ourselves. No routines to learn; nothing mirror-facing.

Class includes solo, pair, and group work, which is all opt-in. We begin slow, continue with up-tempo scores, and land in one or two longer, more focused exercises.

We also invite guest teachers to share their (vastly varying) practices by leading the main part of class. Reach out if this is you or your friend. Guest teachers do NOT have to be dancers or movement teachers! Visual artists, writers, therapists, educators, etc. all welcome to facilitate.

***Class is on a sliding scale of $8-$16. If this is a hardship, please still come! No one turned away.

***Note that The Living Room Dance is unfortunately not an ADA-compliant space. If you have specific accessibility questions, please reach out.

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(class) Release Technique with Scott McPheeters
Mar
11
11:30 AM11:30

(class) Release Technique with Scott McPheeters

In this class, 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) 1st Saturday Contact Improv: Rachel Schwartz
Mar
3
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) SPELL
Feb
26
5:30 PM17:30

(class) SPELL

SPELL into the shortest month // Come join us!

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

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

Engaging with movement through informal exercises and mirth, we focus on looking inward, exploring for ourselves. No routines to learn; nothing mirror-facing.

Class includes solo, pair, and group work, which is all opt-in. We begin slow, continue with up-tempo scores, and land in one or two longer, more focused exercises.

We also invite guest teachers to share their (vastly varying) practices by leading the main part of class. Reach out if this is you or your friend. Guest teachers do NOT have to be dancers or movement teachers! Visual artists, writers, therapists, educators, etc. all welcome to facilitate.

***Class is on a sliding scale of $8-$16. If this is a hardship, please still come! No one turned away.

***Note that The Living Room Dance is unfortunately not an ADA-compliant space. If you have specific accessibility questions, please reach out.

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