219 West 19th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues
, New York
|Open Classes: Christina Robson & Jenna Riegel
Tue. Dec.19 - Fri. Dec. 22, 10AM-12PM
Christina Robson and Jenna Riegel are both members of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company.
CHRISTINA ROBSON | Tue. DEC 19 & Thu. DEC 21
Through a combination of yoga, guided improvisational states, a touch
of bodywork and several simple, full-bodied tasks we will build heat in
the body and bring awareness to the layers of skin, bone, and muscle.
We will fluctuate several times between improvised qualitative studies
and technically calculated center floor exercises in hopes to ride a
balance of raw spontaneity infused with clarity and precision. Phrase
work will be spatially expansive and explore dynamic range. We will
attempt to seamlessly blend qualities of boundless risk with polished
moments of very specific virtuosity.
JENNA RIEGEL | Wed. DEC 20 & Fri. DEC 22
Class will begin with floor work, yoga and pilates stretching and
strengthening and improvisation to build warmth, ease us into motion,
find agility and help us arrive more fully present in our bodies.
Introductions to one another will be made with a name circle, contact
improvisation exercises or interactive warm-up exercises in order to
build a sense of trust and community together. Center standing work will
draw upon a combination of release technique and ballet and align,
balance and increase awareness of energetic efficiency and ease.
Head/tail exploration and spinal articulation will be integrated into
more traditional foot and leg exercises. Across the floor phrase-work
will oscillate between imagery and task-based veracious improvisational
scores and rigorous locomotion, athletic inversions and ambitious
lofting. A culminating phrase will challenge the polarities of movement
and investigate both off-balance and centered movement, bound and
released, sustained and staccato, momentum driven and spatially
controlled, on the floor and in the air, and sensation-based and
shape-based movement. A friendly, uplifting, non-judgmental class
culture will be attended to by steering clear of the binary of right and
wrong and instead directing attention to cause and effect, the action
and results of our choices. Personal findings will be encouraged to be
shared to expedite learning within our community. Individualism will be
honored and upheld even as profound body awareness and ability to
replicate outside material is practiced. Enjoyment and fun will be
contagious and inevitable!
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