Workshop by Levi Gonzalez (USA)
Contemporary dance technique
This workshop is an opportunity for us to take our time to create the space to fully inhabit our bodies and integrate various approaches and concepts of embodiment in our movement and artistic practice. We will begin slowly, with imagery and gentle preparation culled from various somatic traditions that access our awareness of the senses, the organs, the skeleton, the cells, gravity, and various other energetic and dynamic forces. Once this base is established, we will take this awareness into more formal technical exercises, choreographic structures (“phrases”), improvisations, and performance constructs, with a focus on precision, imagination, simplicity, directness, and the cultivation of each student’s individual approach to embodiment and to this art form.
Levi Gonzalez is a New York City based dance and performance artist. His work has been presented by Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Movement Research, Dixon Place, PS1, Thirdbird Philadelphia, and internationally in Denmark, Latvia, Romania and Taiwan. As a performer and collaborator, he has worked extensively with luciana achugar, Donna Uchizono Company, John Jasperse Company, Juliette Mapp, ChameckiLerner, Daria Faïn, and Michael Laub’s Remote Control Productions. He was a founding editor of “Critical Correspondence”, an online publication of “Movement Research”. He currently serves as Director of Artist Programs for Movement Research. He is also artistic advisor for New York Live Art’s Fresh Tracks Residency Program, a position he helped institute and develop over the past six years. He teaches technique and composition regularly for Movement Research, and also guest teaches nationally in the US and internationally.
Photo: Angela Jimenez