Franklin & Marshall College Franklin & Marshall College

Movement Intensive in Compositional Improvisation

June 15-21, 2014

with the Architects: 
Katherine Ferrier, Lisa Gonzales, Jennifer Kayle, Pamela Vail
guest musician Peter Jones
and artist/designer Kathy Couch
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About the workshop

This week-long intensive balances in-depth individual exploration with rigorous practice in spontaneous ensemble dance-making. Fresh perceptions and new choices are set in motion daily through provoking, open-ended questions. Each kinesthetic-conceptual proposition acts as an entrance point for the mover and composer, a window into authenticity, connection, depth and range. Of particular interest here is THE EMERGING: compositional languages and modes of perceiving and engaging that are in-progress, unfolding, as-yet- unseen.

Throughout the week, the artistic integrity of one’s voice is sharpened in conversation with the whole and a dialogue emerges as individual aesthetics meet, interact and expand. As time allows, group discussions contribute to conscious integration of the experiential and the conceptual. Even here, moving into words is an invitation to discover, to uncover diverse perspectives, to spark the imagination and to notice the aesthetic and poetic effect of our compositional choices.

  • Faculty-led morning and afternoon sessions with live music
  • Open laboratory time for individual and collaborative projects
  • Informal showings of faculty and participants work
  • Collaborative sessions with live music and installation art

A one-week workshop for dancers researching improvisation as a performance form