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.
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.