This week 23 dancers from around the country are here with us in Nashville studying a variety of relevant dance concepts, vocabularies, and techniques, including Alexander, Laban, Ballet for Contemporary Dancers, Limon, Countertechnique, Floor/Falling/Sliding, Contact Improvisation, and Improvisation Tools.
They're also participating in daily New Dialect Repertory workshops led by Banning Bouldin.
The dancers' hardwork will culminate this Friday in a site-specific installation inspired by their own movement investigations in Centennial Park.
Here's how Banning describes the creation period for the installation: "This week we've looked at the emotional impact of architecture: how proximity, scale, texture, and temperature of an object can affect our emotional response to our surroundings. Each dancer picked a location in the Park and made observations based on these attributes. We then used sight and touch to develop the movement material that serves as the installation's vocabulary."
Please join us for the installation! It's happening this Friday. 5pm at the Centennial Park Arts and Activities Center (211 27th Avenue North).
Meet us inside at Studio A and then we'll all venture outside.
Free parking is available throughout the Park.
Hope to see you there!
Thank you P3 Physical Therapy & Pilates for sponsoring this year's Intensive and for providing our dancers with excellent physical therapy & nutrition sessions!
P3's owner, Heather Herod Cole, is a physical therapist, pilates instructor, and (we're proud to say) a New Dialect Board Member.
She is specially trained to evaluate a dancer's functional capacity and to analyze any movement dysfunction associated with injury. When injuries are involved, she and her staff work one-on-one with dancers to set goals leading to resolution, and then work, in cooperation with the physician and dance instructor/choreographer, to plan the dancer's discharge from treatment. The dancer is then able to meet the functional demands of dance, while demonstrating the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent re-injury.