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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Maija Garcia

Friday, October 20 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theater
Free - no tickets required to observe

Garcia’s workshop will focus on integrating storytelling into movement practice. A full warm up concentrates breath and presence in the body, awakening the senses through improvisation that initiates from the spine. Dancers will play with partnering and group work, composing phrases that interact and incorporate sound and speaking. The purpose of this workshop is to explore the interplay of movement and storytelling, and to enliven conscious artistic practice. Garcia is a Cuban-American director and choreographer based in Harlem, NYC. Currently devising a Storytelling Production with Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, Garcia developed Heather Henson’s puppet play Crane, directed Salsa, Mambo Cha Cha Cha in Havana, Cuba, and FELA! The Concert in Australia and New Zealand. Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities. Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class. In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects. This event supported in part by the EXCEL Lab.

EXCEL Talk: Nicholas Guest, actor

Friday, October 20 - 3:00pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Rosen Room
Free - no tickets required

This EXCEL Talk will feature actor Nicholas Guest, and focus around the steps he took to build his career. The session will also feature a Q&A portion.

EXCEL Talk: PROJECT Trio

Friday, November 3 - 10:00am
Earl V. Moore Building, EXCEL Lab (1279 Moore)
Free - no tickets required

As part of their SMTD Residency, PROJECT Trio discuss how they formed, the lessons they've learned in growing their group, and offer tips for crafting an individual project/ensemble and taking it on tour.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Sean Hoskins

Friday, November 3 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theater
Free - no tickets required to observe class

MFA alumnus and current Department of Dance staff and part-time faculty member Sean Hoskins guides people through the improvisational and compositional processes he uses to translate geography and landscapes into movement material. He will also teach phrase material from recent works, including the group dance that he is choreographing at EMU this fall. Hoskins' teaching emphasizes choice-making and agency as a performer, improviser, dance maker, etc. Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities. Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class. In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects. This event supported in part by the EXCEL Lab.

EXCEL Talk: Mia Chung, piano

Monday, November 6 - 12:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, EXCEL Lab (1279 Moore)
Free - no tickets required

Mia Chung, piano, is one of the most intelligent and profound pianists of her generation. Specializing in the music of Beethoven and the German classicists, she will present a program of works by Schumann, Beethoven, Schoenberg, and Ravel. This performance is made possible by the Sally Fleming Masterclass Fund.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Eryn Rosenthal

Friday, November 10 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theater
Free - no tickets required to observe

MFA alumna Eryn Rosenthal teaches this class where students reach inside movements big and small, activating flux in the membrane between figure and abstraction. They will also play with movement, questions, puzzles and opposites sourced from recent works Au bout du petit matin and La buena chaquetera y los cuatro caballos (Solo Dancing Does Not Exist). Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities. Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class. In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects. This event supported in part by the EXCEL Lab.

EXCEL Talk: Ed Lewis, agent

Friday, November 10 - 3:00pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Rosen Room
Free - no tickets required

Join EXCEL for a discussion with alumnus Ed Lewis, focused on his career as an agent in New York City. We'll cover how he got into the business and leave time for questions from the audience.

EXCEL Talk: The Knights

Sunday, November 12 - 12:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, EXCEL Lab (Moore 1279)
Free - no tickets required

In this Q&A, participants will chat with the Knights about how they initiate and develop projects, what factors drive their success, and what defines a compelling collaborative opportunity. We will also talk about the group’s modular musician collective structure and how that structure can help facilitate innovative programming.

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Sally Fleming Master Class Series: Olivia Block, media artist and composer

Friday, November 17 - 11:00am
Earl V. Moore Building, Chip Davis Technology Studio
Free - no tickets required

Olivia Block creates scores for orchestra and chamber groups, studio-based sound art compositions for releases and concerts, site-specific multi-speaker installations, and sound design for cinema. Her compositions include field recordings, amplified objects, chamber and orchestral instruments, and electronic textures. Her current work reflects her interest in “utility” shortwave sounds, ethnographic sound, and listening practices. She has performed throughout Europe, America, and Japan in tours and festivals including Moogfest, Sonic Light, Dissonanze, Archipel, Angelica, Sunoni per il Popolo, Outer Ear, and many others. Her works have premiered at La Biennale di Venezia 52nd International Festival of Contemporary Music, Edition Festival, and Ear Taxi Festival.

Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Tracy Halloran Pearson

Friday, November 17 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theater
Free - no tickets required to observe

Tracy Halloran Pearson’s choreographic style is based on a fusion of ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, and hip-hop styles of dance. She is the artistic director of and choreographer for ConteXture Dance Detroit, and will be teaching the repertory work There Is No Try, which debuted at the Detroit Dance City Festival when the company performed it in 2016. Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities. Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class. In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects. This event supported in part by the EXCEL Lab.

EXCEL Talk: Vince Ford, digital media director NY Philharmonoic

Sunday, November 19 - 10:00am
Earl V. Moore Building
Free - no tickets required

Join EXCEL for a Talk with Vince Ford, director of digital media at the New York Philharmonic. This discussion will center on digital media strategy, but also review current campaigns at the Philharmonic.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: 2nd year SMTD graduate students

Friday, December 1 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theater
Free - no tickets required

Al Evangelista and Fabiola Torralba will be sharing movement materials from the Graduate Studio—wherein each MFA student works to develop materials for their upcoming Thesis concert in the Spring 2018.  Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities. Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class. In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects. This event supported in part by the EXCEL Lab.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: SMTD Asst. Professor Robert Najarian

Friday, December 8 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theater
Free - no tickets required

Robert Najarian is an actor, instructor, fight director, and author hailing from the East Coast. As a performer, Najarian has been seen in more than 40 productions in cities such as New York, Chicago, Washington, and Boston with such companies as The American Repertory Theatre, Washington National Opera, and NYC’s Punchdrunk, where he was an original cast member of the critically acclaimed show Sleep No More. The class will be an extension of previous mod labs starting with a brief overview of partnering concepts leading into group dynamics focusing on ocular focus and kinesthetic response. Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities. Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class. In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects. This event supported in part by the EXCEL Lab.

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