Next Choreolab Session: Summer 2018
PHOTO OF PAST CHOREOLAB PARTICIPANT KRISTIN SWIAT WITH REHAN ANSARI. PHOTO BY STEPHANIE MUNGUIA
Class is limited to 8 students
Taught by Alexandra Beller
Photo of Lea Fulton and Carly Berrett Plagianakos by Anton Martynov
Choreolab is for experienced art makers looking to take their craft to another level and to engage with a similar community of artists to support them through a specific creative process. An informal performance follows the final class, with professional videography.
In this workshop, we work towards finding opposite sides of the critical eye: both learning to create material in an uninhibited and impulse-driven manner, to be wild, fantastical, and daring, and equally, learning to strongly critique, edit and objectively structure material for a performative event. One of the most important elements of the workshop is developing out skills in both watching and discussing the work of others while getting ourselves out of the way. We draw feedback methods from various sources, including Critical Response Process, Fieldwork Methods, and other entry points for discussing choice making. Our goal is to learn to both view and respond to work in a way that lets go of our personal beliefs, opinions, and desire for control, and relays information that is useful, conscientious, and illuminating to the artist.
Some of the questions that we may engage during the lab are: How do we invent movement that is fresh and unique? How do we challenge habitual forms and patterns? What are the uses of text within a dance and how do we respect the power of language and of movement equally without overshadowing one or the other? How does an object absorb the correct amount of value within a dance? How can we use sound to support, enlarge, or subvert our narrative? How do we engage with media, like video, projection, live music, live feed, motion sensors, and other forms of technology to support our work and create brilliant imagery that could not exist without the tech? How do we coach our performers to bring out their best performance while still encouraging their individuality to surface? How do we use lighting, costume, set, prop, etc to finish our images, tell stories of their own, and contextualize our work? How do we create a future for our work?
From past Choreolabbers:
Through Choreolab, I was able to work through my ideas around the preciousness of material, and began finding the delicate balance between sticking with an idea while also opening up space for continued exploration.
The communal exchange of feedback provided a safe space where I felt comfortable to be vulnerable in my art making.
Choreolab allowed for me to investigate a process of making that I had not yet explored. Due to the structure of weekly meetings and showings with in the group this exploration was rich and supported by my fellow participants. Choreolab fostered a practice of receiving and giving feedback. This has enabled me to view work in a more articulate manner and implement feedback into my own work. Choreolab introduced me to some wonderful makers and movers within the dance community that drop in classes does not encourage.
Alexandra's Choreolab was a wonderful, intensive process. I was given the opportunity to see my own choreography in a new way and was challenged and encouraged to continue to grow. It was a supportive environment where I not only received feedback on my work, but deepened my practice in giving feedback as well.
I found Choreolab incredibly helpful in jump starting a project that had been brewing in me for quite some time- the insightful feedback in a small group setting was invaluable as was the practice of giving constructive criticism. Highly recommend it for anyone looking to delve deeper into their own work and the work of others!
Choreolab helped me develop work that I would never have uncovered on my own. Being part of a supportive community committed to art-making helped refresh my relationship with performance as both performer and audience.
AB/Dances Cancellation Policy: Full refund available if cancelled before 6 weeks in advance of first start day; half refund available if cancelled more than 4 weeks in advance of first start day; no refund available if cancellation happens less than 4 weeks before first start day of workshop or course