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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Marly Spieser-Schneider

Friday, September 22 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required

SMTD alumna Marly Spieser-Schneider is, among many things, a dance artist who currently teaches, choreographs, performs, and experiments in various locations, primarily Vermont, New York, and Michigan. As usual, she is constantly embarking on a multitude of projects and at the moment she is working on an evening-length collaborative work with Avi Waring and Paul Besaw, a duet work with Trina Mannino, a solo show entitled Mantra.Math.Marrow, and a series of ongoing projects with various multi-media artists, including Ona Schneider and Jamie Killen. Spieser-Schneider seeks to connect with people and engage in collaborative processes that inspire creative problem solving and open-minded investigation. 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: Michael Spencer Phillips

Friday, September 29 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe

Michael Spencer Phillips will lead a modern dance class anchored in the Martha Graham technique but widely influenced by his performing career with Pascal Rioult and Robert Battle. Phillips's class is musical, rhythmic, and extremely athletic using Graham's technique as the backbone to contemporary yet technically classical movement. He also focuses on varying quality and texture to build a dancer for performance on stage, camera, or site-specific locations. His belief is in utilizing the classic Graham technique in the dance world of today and beyond. 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: Cat Coury

Friday, October 6 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required

Catherine Coury is a native of Detroit and a graduate of SMTD, Coury’s dance career consisted of extensive international touring with New York City’s Shen Wei Dance Arts, Shannon Gillen, Gallim Dance, and LoudHoundMovement. Coury will teach gaga for warm-up and then Marcat Rep from her new piece Codara and Preludio. 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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Department of Performing Arts Technology Seminar: Matthew Dear

Friday, October 6 - 3:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Chip Davis Technology Studio
Free - no tickets required

Depending on whom you ask, Matthew Dear is a DJ, a dance-music producer, an experimental pop artist, a bandleader. He co-founded both Ghostly International and its dancefloor offshoot, Spectral Sound. He’s had remixes commissioned by The XX, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Spoon, Hot Chip, The Postal Service, and Chemical Brothers; he’s made mixes for the Fabric mix series and Get Physical’s Body Language. This event is co-sponsored by EXCEL.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Laura Pettibone and Catherine Tharin

Friday, October 13 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required

Laura Pettibone Wright and Catherine Tharin were in Erick Hawkins Dance Company and will be teaching Hawkins Rep. Tharin was a soloist in the Erick Hawkins Dance Company from 1988–1994, where she originated roles, toured nationally and internationally, and danced at the Kennedy Center. 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: Maija Garcia

Friday, October 20 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
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.

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Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Cat Coury and Mario Bermudez Gil

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

MFA alumnus Sean Hoskins guides people through the compositional process he developed/used to come up with much of his materials: "Dancing the Place." Hoskins will also emphasize choice- making and agency as a performer, improviser, dance maker, etc. Phrase material will be taught from the multi-media work that he is choreographing at EMU this Fall. 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: Eryn Rosenthal

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

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.

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

Friday, November 17 - 5:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building
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. Feature articles about Block have been published in The Wire, NPR’s Morning Edition, MusicWorks, The Outdoor (Pitchfork), The Chicago Reader, Fluid Radio, and many others. Block tours internationally and resides in Chicago, IL. Her latest LP release, Dissolution, is currently published on Glistening Examples.

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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, Sydney Schiff, 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, DC, and Boston with such companies as The American Repertory Theatre, Washington National Opera, and Punchdrunk, where he was an original cast member of the critically acclaimed show Sleep No More in New York. 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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