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Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Technique
Led by Artistic Director Staycee Pearl or company dancers, this class focuses on developing techniques for moving efficiently and expressively, with consciousness, strength, and grace. Special attention is given to cultural specificity in relation to contemporary dance technique. Classes begin slowly, with a guided improvisation focusing in inner musicality and breath. Center and across the floor exercises gradually guild to a dynamic phrase. Running time: 90 minutes.
SPdp&SS has developed a progressive technique and performance training practice used to access individuality for meaningful physical expression. In this workshop, company sound designer, Herman Pearl DJs his mixes live, centering the company’s musical collaborators, as instructors guide students into the beat, expanding from center to the edges of their bodies in an improvisational warm up. Company instructors then use those ideas in technical practice, and teach repertory phrases taken directly from CIRCLES: going in. Running time: 60 minutes.
Aesthetic Training Workshops for Youth Grades 1-12
Based on Conceptual resource materials. This session uses project-based learning or aesthetic training and includes a rigorous study of dance technique and terms around a diverse art anchor workpiece that will provide a theme for choreography. This is similar to project-based learning; where students take part in dissecting the anchor piece as a community and then collaborate with the choreography and structure of the dance utilizing actual dance technique and dance terms learned during the first half of each class. This is important to begin to create artists that can have an opinion about art and can develop art based on their opinion. Running time: 60 minutes.
Lecture/demonstrations offer audiences, including dance students and non dancers alike, community groups, seniors, and more, an informal performance while providing a sneak peek at SPdp&SS creative process. Lec/dems can be adaptable to meet the needs of the presenter and audience interests. NOT Full company. Length 20 min with 10 min for Q&A or 50 minute with 10 min for Q&A.
Sound Design for Dance
Co-founding artistic director Herman “Soy Sos” Pearl will share sound design strategies and methods specifically used to create the sound for CIRCLES: going in. Additionally the class will cover the collaborative process across the disciplines of sound, music and dance. Students will get hands on access to the tools used in the performance including Ableton Live, control surfaces and custom channel strips/macros designed for the project. This class is designed for high school thru college age students specifically interested in sound design and audio engineering. The venue for the class must be equipped with a full range sound system, large video monitor or projection setup, work table and access to power.
CIRCLES Book Club
To stimulate discussion around Black Femme Identity, SPdp&SS offers the CIRCLES Book Club. The company works with local community collaborators which may include local libraries, high schools or university English, Cultural Studies or African-American Studies departments to launch a book club featuring Black femme authors, prior to the company’s arrival. Book club members will engage in advance through social media, convening prior to the live performance with an event featuring a discussion/reading led by the authors and a movement component led by company members.
The company offers schooltime matinee programs to more deeply engage students in dance, artistic collaboration, and SPdp&SS creative vision. The schooltime matinee includes Artistic Director and the full company performing excerpts of the touring program. Study Guide Available. Grade Range: Adaptable for most ages. Running Time: 50 minutes plus 10 min for Q&A.
Youth Empowerment Summit
Working with schools and youth organizations predominately serving BIPOC youth, youth ages 12-14 are invited to a Youth Empowerment Summit to embrace Black joy and acceptance. The six-hour day will be bookmarked with a dance workshop centering CIRCLES: going in, a lunch time “get to know you” conversation and ending with a Black Joy dance party. Additional activity options include the following:
Vision board and collage making
Self-love photo shoot
Surviving White Supremacy symposium
Becoming an artist-talk with company dancers.
Pre and Post-performance discussions available upon request.