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Moving Target Portland w/ Michelle Mola

  • Mechanic's Hall 519 Congress Street Portland, ME 04101 USA (map)

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

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

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

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

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

Earlier Event: February 3
Moving Target Portland w/ Amirah Sackett
Later Event: February 17
Moving Target Portland w/ Veeva Banga