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.
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.