Professional Development at Yorkshire Dance
Workshop for people with and without disabilities
Taking dance and movement as a creation element, this workshop invites people with functional diversity (physically disabled), non professional, with and without dancing experience to create from the difference, to be surprised at the singularities of each other, to reinvent our way of being in the world, to create our relationships.
We will learn to discover dance from a wheelchair, from the floor, from blindness, from the contact with others, from music and from the experience and expression through the movement. We all learn from all.
Jordi Cortés is a choreographer and performer who has worked with companies around the world, including DV8 Physical Theatre and Nigel Charnock + Company.
The workshop will begin with technique-based warm up followed by an exploratory session focusing on improvisation and play.
Participants will investigate themes addressed by George Adams’ current solo work, Solitaire, commentating on the Artist’s process, autobiography, sexuality, death and risk.
George Adams trained at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. George has worked extensively as a performer, choreographer and teacher for leading national companies including Yael Flexer and Nick Sandland- Dance and Digital Works, Nigel Charnock + Company, Motionhouse, Ludus Dance and National Dance Company of Wales. George has most recently been touring Yael Flexer’s 20th anniversary work, Weightless, in Israel this July.
George’s own work has been programmed at Leap 2011: Liverpool Contemporary Arts Festival, Cumbria Chamber of Commerce 2011, Resolutions 2012, Turn Festival 2012 and Light Up Lancaster 2012.
George is currently the co director of La Petite Mort theatre and will be creating a new work in summer 2014. George has experience in facilitating Pilates and dance technique within education and is currently studying his Masters in Movement Psychotherapy.
Give Us Our Daily Dance
“Five years ago I became interested in developing a daily practice to support and maintain training and help elevate my performance and choreographic work. So I set myself the task of dancing everyday; when I say dancing I mean it in the truest sense. Unleashing an internal force, reconnecting with the feelings and ideas that encouraged me to dance in the first place.
“The class will consist of guided exercises, departure points and lots of flamboyant dancing. We will cultivate a playground of possibilities, discover new forms that collide and stretch our limitations.”
Robert M. Hayden
Mon 10 – Fri 14 Mar
11.00am – 3.00pm
£120.00, concessions £80.00
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Sifting focuses on the body as a ‘total instrument’, capable of what can be called the ‘total act’, working on physical actions, movement as theatrical act, and the voice. A series of physical exercises will establish a strong, vital body-breath connection, unlocking the flow of living impulses within the body, allowing our attention, intention and awareness to flow more freely.
Specific ‘impossible’ tasks will allow our inner ‘obstacles’ to become more transparent. Dealing with the element of physical risk or danger, these tasks emphasize our apparent limitations and give us the chance to go beyond them.
By harnessing creative energy in a more present, active and alive manner, the act of creating can then develop within a more structured or compositional frame. Participants will be asked to create a score of actions between 3-5 minutes in length with a clear beginning, middle and end. We will be focusing on its logic, actions, intentions, meaning and content.
This workshop is open to both amateur and professional performers, pedagogues and directors.
Robert M. Hayden began his professional formation as a competitive gymnast in 1978 continuing until 1994. In 1992 he enrolled in the BFA Program of Theatre and Dance at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, USA.
Since then, as an actor, dancer, composer, and teacher, his work has been influenced by many people. Among the most notable include collaborations with the Albuquerque-based theatre group q-Staff, Utopia Danza-Teatro, Ultima Vez, Chorea Theatre Association, David Hykes & the Harmonic Presence Foundation, Gardzienice Center for Theatre Practices, Teatr Zar & the Grotowski Institute, and the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards.
In 2002 he moved to Brussels to join the dance company Ultima Vez and for the past 11 years continues to regularly give workshops and classes both in Belgium and abroad. He is currently based in Brussels, Belgium.
In 2011 his Oratorium Dance Project was the Winner for Best Cultural Event in Poland for 2011 and the Golden Mask Award for Theatre.