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Aerial Choreography Workshop 

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Aerial Choreography Workshop
© Mark Robson
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Dates

Mondays and Fridays, February 15, 19, 22 & 26 and March 1 & 5, 2021
Time:  3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
[ 12-hour workshop ]
Six 2-hour online sessions with creative homework exercises in between

Registration deadline

January 27, 2021

Language

English

Maximum number of participants

10

Cost

Subsidized Rate: 0.00$
Actual Value: 300.00$

En Piste is pleased to offer this workshop free of charge!

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 Description 

This workshop is designed to accompany, stimulate, and support aerialists in choreography processes. Three teaching artists will each lead two workshop sessions, giving participants a chance to interact with different approaches.  

Participants are not expected to perform aerial work during the online sessions. Instead, the guest teachers will propose discussion points, real-time exercises that can be executed on the ground in small spaces, and creative assignments that can be physically realized between the workshop sessions. The aim through these brief, interactive encounters with different choreography approaches is to spark ideas participants can apply to their work onwards.

This workshop is designed for circus artists, choreographers, and other professionals interested in aerial choreography.

Week 1: Monday February 15 and Friday February 19 with Anna Ward
Week 2: Monday February 22 and Friday February 26 with Kevin O’Connor
Week 3: Monday March 1 and Friday March 5 with Gabrielle Martin

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 Workshop instructors 

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After graduating from Montreal’s National Circus School in 2000, Anna Ward toured internationally for seven years performing her swinging trapeze solo with such companies as Cirque du Soleil (Saltimbanco and “O”) Circus Starlight, and After Cloudy Company. She performed with Les gens d’R, La Marche du crabe and Les 7 doigts de la main before joining Cirque Eloize (Rain), developing a new specialty in Cyr Wheel. In 2012, Anna began performing in Germany at the Wintergarten Varieté. She continues to tour Germany to this day with GOP Showconcept as a performer and a member of the production team.  Anna is co-founder of the Montreal multidisciplinary theatre company Nord Nord Est. Following the company’s first creation, Le Voyage d’hiver in 2013, she’s participated in many of the company’s productions, both on stage and as a designer. Her curiosity for the expressivity of acrobatics in both classical and contemporary formats has been a motor throughout her career, notably in the creation Bestiarium with the collective Les Aiguilles à tricoter. A sought-after teacher, outside eye, and creative consultant in many circus projects, Anna collaborates on many types of creations exploring different ways of elaborating circus and its spectacle.

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Kevin O’Connor is a dance and circus artist from Ontario who works as a choreographer, performer, and installation artist. He is involved with the Strange Strangers collective, a decade-long artistic collective exploring participatory de-colonizing performances within polluted watersheds in Ontario. Over the last few years, he has worked with NAKA dance in Oakland, Skywatchers in the Bay Area, Oncogrrrls feminist art collective in Spain, Nita Little, and collaborated with Inuit hunter and designer Paulette Metuq on a project in Nunavut. Over the last three years, he has curated the Movement Educators Forum at Studio 303 in Montreal. Kevin is currently working with Ishmael Houston Jones, Keith Hennessey, Jose Abad, and Snowflake Calvert exploring experimental improvised dance as a means to subvert traditional notions of race and masculinity. He has been learning with the Axis Syllabus community for over two decades and is a biodynamic CranioSacral practitioner. Kevin holds a Ph.D. at the intersections of performance studies and science and technology studies at the University of California, Davis, an MFA in choreography (also from UC Davis), and a DEC from the National Circus School of Montreal. His research examines anatomies, body performance capacities, interventions, and imaginations in relation to science studies, including the material-bio-cultural tissue called fascia.  His writing can be found at www.ecologicalbodying.com.

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Originally from Vancouver, Gabrielle Martin is a director-choreographer, aerial acrobat and contemporary dancer who has performed over 1,400 shows internationally. She is the co-founder of the aerial dance company, Ci, through which she co-created and co-performed Limb(e)s, presented at Montréal Complètement Cirque (CA), La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines (CA) and Assembly Festival at Edinburgh Festival Fringe (UK). Earlier in her career, she toured full time with Cavalia (2011-2015), performing aerial rope, bungee trapeze, bungee dance and harness dance numbers. In 2015, she began working with Cirque du Soleil as part of the creation of TORUK - The First Flight. She toured with this show until it closed in 2019, during which time she was the principal female character, Tsyal, and performed a solo aerial silk number. Gabrielle obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University in 2009 and recently completed a certificate in Circus Dramaturgy from the Centre National des Arts du Cirque in France.

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 Place 

On Zoom. The link will be emailed to registered participants the day before the session.

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 Required material 

Computer with activated camera and wifi connection.

Participants are invited to work with their unsuspended apparatus on the ground and with a bedsheet during the sessions with Kevin O’Connor.

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 Registration process 

Priority for this workshop is given to En Piste members residing in Canada outside of Quebec. All other professionals can join the wait list.

I live in Quebec OR I am not a member of En Piste : 

Register for the wait list

I am a member and I reside in Canada outside of Quebec:

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