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Danse aérienne sur mur 

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Danse aérienne sur mur
Denis Welkenhuyzen
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Dates

September, 13 to 17, 2021
Schedule : from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
[ 35-hour workshop - 5 blocks of 7 hours ]

 

Registration deadline

August 30, 2021

Language

French

Maximum number of participants

14

Cost

Subsidized Rate: 575.00$
Actual Value: 3,801.00$

In order to be eligible for the subsidized rate, participants must reside in Quebec and either be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident,or hold a work permit (open or closed). In addition, they must have one of the following employment statuses: Self-employed individual or Support for Self-Employment Measure, employee of a non-profit organization or a company whose payroll does not exceed $2,000,000, recipient of Employment Insurance or Social Assistance, recipient of an employment integration measure, or unemployed.

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 Description 

This new workshop gives participants the opportunity to learn and experiment with aerial dance – or vertical dance – in a harness on a wall, using various creative and choreographic approaches. It also allows artists to expand their skills and address the various safety issues associated with each performance venue.

This workshop is intended for circus artists and dancers.

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 The trainers  

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Mélissa has been performing in the circus for over 30 years and is still passionate about it. She trained as an aerialist at the National Circus School of Montreal and then did a 3-month contract at the famous Wintergarden cabaret in Berlin. She first toured in traditional circus and cabaret, then in contemporary circus. When she moved to France, she joined the trapeze collective Les Arts Sauts with whom she toured internationally for several years. She is also co-founder of CirkVOST, an aerial circus company. Melissa was the first ENC student to perform a danced trapeze act and has subsequently worked with vertical dance companies such as Scarabeus physacl theater, Fidget feet and Retour Amont. Alongside her parkour performances, she started doing aerial choreography and coaching on small and large productions including the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics, MGM Macau, Qing Show, China, Dior Haute couture SS19 fashion show, Royal Shakespeare Company. Melissa has a great curiosity and interest in the arts and movement.

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Following her gradution at the École de Danse de Québec, Marie-Ève Demers worked with the company Sursaut and choreographers Martha Carter, Gaétan Gingras, Lara Kramer and Amélie Rajotte. In her dancing career, she learned a new discipline and then collaborated as an aerial artist, dancer and rehearsal dance director for the show Omaterra (2010-2011) and for Montreal Complètement Cirque Festival. She was a main dancer and character for the show Dragao  and participated in various events and artistic projects, such as the Gala ComediHa! (Radio-Canada) or Cirque du Soleil (Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, New York). In 2013, Marie-Eve joined the company Fleuve Espace Danse and participated since that time at many of its projects such as Le Souffle de l’Aube (2016 and 2018), Méduse (2017) and Hommes de Vase, to name just a few. She had the honor of participating in the InSitu Site Dance Festival in New York in the summer of 2018 with a solo created for Le Souffle de l'Aube. Marie-Eve worked regularly for Le Cirque du Soleil as an artistic coach, acrobatic choreographer, dance teacher and rehearsal dance director, was part of the creative team for the shows Volta, Axel and Under the same sky. She is also a choreographer for the Circo de los Ninos in Mexico and for Creativiva / Iona P&O Cruises in England.

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Bia Pantojo is born in Brazil, after 12 years as a competitive gymnast she started working with CIA K, a Brazilian company specializing in vertical dance. For 8 years Bia has been living in Montreal. She is an artist and trainer in Circus Art trained at the National Circus School. In 2020 she worked as a vertical dance artist in the show “Until We Die” by Brigitte Poupart choreographed by Davi St.Pierre. She participates as a performer and aerial artist with several companies, including the 7 fingers, Cirkus Cïrkor, Cirk la Putyka and several other companies.

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Sophie Oldfield has over 20 years of experience in the circus arts as a performer/performance designer, artistic coach, and Stott Certified Pilates instructor specializing in performance artists. She trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, UK, and the National Centre for Circus Arts, UK. She has performed as an aerialist and aerial dancer in large-scale productions in North America and Europe, and she has been involved in the performance designs of various high profile events in Europe. She has toured with Cirque du Soleil, and performed at the Royal Opera House and the National Theatre, London UK, among many other notable performances. As Artistic Coach for Cirque du Soleil she guides as new as experienced circus artists through the development, preparation, and execution of performances. Incorporated into her coaching is her original Pilates-based method “The Performing Body”. This method prioritizes proper technique and mental well-being to prevent injury, increase strength/stability, promote ease of movement, and enhance artistic aesthetic.

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 Workshop outline 

Course #1
Warm-up, body work in floor dance or pilates for aerial dance practice. Discovery of the techniques used and the body language.

Course #2
Warm-up, work in harness without support on a wall; counterweight and workshop in flight harness stunt style. Work at a greater height, personal choreographic research.

Course #3
Warm up, harness work, learning techniques, different harnesses, possible games, co-relation and safety with a counterweight system, choreographic games and work at different heights.

Course #4
Warm-up, harness work, learning of techniques, different harnesses, possible games, co-relation and safety with a counterweight system, choreographic games and work at different heights. Choreographic work in connection with the ground and vertical. Search for the choreographic relationship in different "gravity".

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Warm up, Choreographic work how to use technique to support the dance work, rather than demonstrate acrobatic technique. Stretching class based on biomechanical notions to support aerial practice. Choreographic work in connection with the ground and vertical. Researching the choreographic relationship with dancers on the wall, in the air and on the ground. Presentation between participants, for those who are willing.

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 Required material 

Appropriate clothing to be comfortable with the practicing of aerial dance.

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 Location 

Universcène
230-2350 Rue Dickson
Montréal, QC H1N 3T1

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