Site Specific Dance Workshop with Julie Fox 11/19/17

What is site-specific dance? How do we capture our body level responses to architecture, nature, and place and then develop these movements/ideas to share with an audience?

Julie Fox will lead Moving Target Portland on Sunday Nov 19 from 1-3pm. Class will begin with an improvisational movement warm-up derived from Bartenieff Fundamentals/Laban Movement Analysis and various floor techniques to activate our responsiveness to space, weight, time, and others. We will then shift into generative craft tools to respond to a site, compose a site dance, and conclude with a brief showing of what we make. All levels, adults, and teens welcome.

Julie Fox is an educator, dance maker, and performer. Currently, she is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Bates College (2016-19), where she teaches Modern Dance, Dance Composition, Writing and lecture courses in Dance studies, and a Site-Specific Dance course; and choreographs works for departmental productions. A native Texan, she holds a BA in Theatre/Dance with a Minor in Philosophy from the U of Houston and an MFA in Dance from the Ohio State University. She taught at U of Houston, Denison U., and Ohio University (2002-11) and was an Assistant Professor of Dance and Head of the Dance Minor Program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (2011-16). Her creative activity/research includes interdisciplinary dance making utilizing set and improvised material in traditional and alternative spaces, as well as theoretical query/writing in the fields of Aesthetics, Creative Process, and Dance Pedagogy. Her choreographic works for the stage and alternative spaces have been presented in Texas, Ohio, Wisconsin, and in her new home in Maine. Most recently, she was the rehearsal director for Stephan Koplowitz’s Mill Town project at the Bates Dance Festival (2017) and created a site dance video work at Bates Morse Mountain Conservation Area in conjunction with a new course offering at Bates College about site-specific dance making and performance.

Photo credit:

The Summit, Bates Morse Mountain Conservation Area, Spring 2017 (rehearsal image)

A work by Julie Fox in collaboration with the performers, Jason Ross and Cookie Harrist


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