One Week Summer Workshops

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Countertechnique Workshop
w/ Kira Blazek Ziaii


June 11-15, 9:30am-11:30am

Tuition: $125

Location: SCD's Home Studio
1400 Blvd of the Arts, Sarasota, FL

(Minimum Age: 14)

Countertechnique provides tools for body and mind to deal with the deman­ding dance practice of the 21st century. It is a movement system to help the dancer think about the dancing body, focusing on the process of incorporating information into action. Within a clear structure of exercises, the Countertechnique class thoroughly prepares the body for rehearsal and performance, enabling dancers to move bigger, more fluidly and more spatially, while becoming stronger and more flexible.


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Physical Theatre Workshop
w/ Kwesi Johnson


June 18-22, 9:30am-11:30am

Tuition: $125

Location: SCD's Home Studio
1400 Blvd of the Arts, Sarasota, FL

(Minimum Age: 14)

The workshop equips you with the skills to transform and reinterpret image, spoken and written language into ‘physical theatre’. There will be a series of practical exercises that looks ways of devising movement from sub text, narrative arc and mood, whether the words be song lyrics, film scripts or poetry. From these exercises you will be able to reinvent any text you work with layering it with movement, music or even video should you choose. We’ll also be looking at site specific work and how non theatre and studio spaces come alive with the injection of theatrical ideas. It will give you more creative choices so you are not limited to being a talking head, your whole body or something as minute as a finger movement will allow you to express many ideas.


 

About KIRA BLAZEK ZIAII

Kira Blazek Ziaii is an American performer, choreographer, and educator. In 2007, she began dancing for Hubbard Street 2 (Chicago), performing works by choreographers such as Robert Battle, Edward Liang, Christian Spuck, and worked closely with choreographers Yarden Ronen, Julian Barnett, Janice Lancaster, and Amy Raymond. After two seasons with HS2, she relocated to New York City, where she danced for Douglas Dunn & Dancers, becoming both rehearsal director and company manager. Additional professional credits include dancing works of: Christopher Williams, Sally Silvers, Bill Young, Pilobolus Creative Services, anoukvandijkdc (Netherlands), and Susan Marshall among others. From 2011-2013, she danced for Shen Wei Dance Arts, performing Rite of Spring, Limited States, and Near the Terrace, as well as participating in the creation and performances of Undivided Divided. Kira performed collaboratively under direction of Ryan McNamara at the Whitney Museum and MoMA PS1. She also toured with Phantom Limb Company’s production of 69°South, as both dancer and puppeteer.

In New York, her work has appeared at Dixon Place, Danspace St. Mark’s Church, Location One, Douglas Dunn Studios, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, and was featured in the music video for Beach House’s Lazuli.  She was honored to attend the Robert Rauschenberg Residency, where she created the trio Zorya. Her work has been presented regionally in Sarasota, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Austin, and Los Angeles. Kira holds a BFA from Oklahoma University and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

Ziaii is one of six Americans certified by Anouk van Dijk to teach Countertechnique. She guested with anoukvandijkdc in the New York premier of SHOT, as part of the New Island Festival and studied periodically with her company in Amsterdam, as well as taking the One Body/One Career Intensive in 2006, 2009. She has taught workshops around the country, including classes for Sarasota Contemporary Dance, Diavolo, and BODYTRAFFIC, and is now on faculty at University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

 

About KWESI JOHNSON

Kwesi Johnson is the Artistic Director, Kompany Malakhi, which he established in 1994 out of a desire to fuse dance, physical theatre and spoken word. He has a passion for creating imaginative and inspiring narratives that often hold a message. He specialises in fusing dance styles such as UK Jazz dance, contemporary, Funkstyles, and Breakin’ with physical theatre and the unexpected to create a style that is incomparable. When he became aware of Hip Hop theatre he realised if that’s what it’s being called maybe that’s what he’d been doing already. However his work is extensive from working in opera to forum theatre projects in refugee camps in Uganda. He coined the phrase ‘Griotgrapher’ to best describe his style of dance-theatre. ‘Griot’, an Afrikan storyteller/social commentator, and ‘grapher’, from choreographer, someone who creates dance and movement. His vernacular and formal training in dance-theatre influences his sophisticated and sassy movement vocabulary, which is peppered with the play, invention and physical theatre.