Engaged Body, Free Body

an anatomical approach for dance improvisation and presence with Catherine Lessard

Programming category: 
March 14, 2013 - 5:00pm - March 17, 2013 - 3:00pm

We are offering a 15% discount for the general public, and a $200 special for students with a valid college ID!

Registration is extended through March 14.

Please see below for details.  Discounts not valid with work-study.

This residential intensive workshop is a subtle training and a deep research to liberate the thinking and dancing body. We will support ourselves with different studies extracted from BMC and Release Techniques, to access a satisfying level of physical intelligence and connection to the environment. We will investigate the incredible possibilities and qualities of our different components: joints, liquids, organs, gaze, head, legs, feet, hands, pelvis, spine, scapula, ...

The precious tools explored will allow us to perform improvisations that are both physical and poetic, spontaneous and mastered. We will transpose our discoveries into different improvisation forms, including contact improvisation, solo and group scores, and scores in nature.
 
Prepare yourself for a rich experience, both rigorous and liberating, in a breathtaking location and setting. This training is for dancers. It is also accessible to non dancers who enjoy explorations in movement.
 

For a blog post about Catherine's work featuring a video of a solo performance and an interview, please check out this post!

 

Workshop Fee

Tuition, Room and Board All Inclusive (15% discount will reflect when you click Register):

Student/Retiree Rate: $300 ($255 with discount)
Regular Rate: $350 ($300 with discount)
Professional Rate: $400 ($340 with discount)

Camping: $10 off each night
Commuters: $15 off each night

Are you a college student? The price for this workshop is now only $200 for students with a valid college ID. Register at the Student rate and pay the $75 deposit online, then bring your ID and pay the remaining $125 upon arrival.

Combine with our offer to stay through the Spring Equinox jam (see below), and come for Spring Break at Earthdance CreativeLiving!

In addition to the 15% discount or college student $200 special, if signing up for Catherine's workshop AND the Spring Equinox Jam (March 21st-24th), you are welcome to stay at Earthdance for the intervening week as an ARTIST IN RESIDENCE. The fee is ONLY $35/day (including meals) and you will be charged simply for Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday (3 days).
 
If you are participating in ONE of the programs (workshop OR jam), you are also welcome to extend your stay as an ARTIST IN RESIDENCE for $35/day. 

Please contact the office at contact [at] earthdance [dot] net to take advantage of this special deal.

Current Schedule (subject to change):

Thursday
5:00-6:30pm Registration
6:00-7:00pm Dinner
7:30-9:00pm Opening Session
9pm on Free time

Friday
8:00-9:00am Breakfast
9:30-10:00am Orientation (Umbrella Barn)
10:00-1:00pm Morning Session (Umbrella Barn)
1:00-2:00pm Lunch
1:30-3:00 ED Store Open
3:00-6:00pm Afternoon Session (Umbrella Barn)
6:00-7:00pm Dinner
8:00-10:00pm Evening gathering TBD

Saturday
8:00-9:00am Breakfast
10:00-1:00pm Morning Session (Umbrella Barn)
1:00-2:00pm Lunch
3:00-6:00pm Afternoon Session (Umbrella Barn)
6:00-7:00pm Dinner
8:00-10:00pm Evening gathering TBD

Sunday
8:00-9:00pm Breakfast
10:00-1:00pm Morning Session (Umbrella Barn)
1:00-2:00pm Lunch
2:00-3:30pm House Clean
2:00-3:30pm ED Store Open and Departure

Faculty
Catherine Lessard

Catherine Lessard transmits with passion and coherence the key principles of dance improvisation, contact improviation and Authentic Movement since 2001. She has studied and performed with masters such as Nancy Stark Smith, Daniel Lepkoff, Nita Little, Zoe Avstreih, David Zambrano, Andrew Harwood, Kirstie Simpson, Patricia Kuypers and Ray Chung. She has experience in Body-Mind Centering and Butoh, and has professional training in music and communications. She also received a 300 hours training in gestalt practice. Combining, in a unified pedagogy, both a sharp artistic vision and a hungry curiosity for science, Catherine teaches and performs improvisation regularly as a guest teacher around the world, in several improvisation festivals and institutions (Freiburg, Paris, Grenoble, Toronto, New-York, Earthdance, Boston, Nantes), as well as in the Dance department of UQAM University in Montreal. She has served as president of the Montreal Association for Contact Improvisation from 2007 to 2009. Catherine’s workshops are explorations of human expression through breathing, awareness and various nuances of touch and movement, offered in a deep atmosphere of respect and discovery.

*Photo by Vero Boncompagni

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