Every Tuesday, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Tuesday, August 13, 2024
Modern Contemporary Technique class rooted in various modern and evolutionary styles aimed to provide the balance of rigor, challenge, curiosity, and creativity in a technique class geared for professional level dancers. Starting on the ground, awaken connections within the body while starting to interact with the space around you. As we come to standing we root into a solid base and arrive with attention to tensegrity and flow. Moving into spatial patterning within the room and other who surround us we fine tune our sense of time, ebbing and flowing with dynamic shifts through space and with synchronicity. Each class has a similar structure to allow for curiosity to evolve and have a stable base. Creatively, we have space for some interpretation within defined parameters in order to challenge ourselves outside of our comfort zones. Class is 1.5 hours with a half hour before class (starting at 10am) for class participants to prepare as they need. Students can choose between being barefoot and socks, although there may be times in class where we toggle between the two according to the exercises and phrases.
Callie Chapman is a dancer, choreographer, and media artist based in Somerville. She has danced with Prometheus Dance for over 20 years. With Prometheus Callie has been a featured dancer in many performances and has toured with the company locally, nationally, and internationally. She has worked with choreographers Diane Arvanites, Tommy Neblett, Korhan Basaran, Riley Watts, and others. In her own work as a choreographer with Zoe Dance, she has produced work in many types of spaces including proscenium stages, outdoor festivals, on the screen, on the walls of buildings, under scaffolding, in parks/public spaces, and lobbies. Her curiosities lie in movement performance as a designed and embodied practice…no matter what the viewing space.
Zoé Dance has presented its work since 2002 in various venues and performance opportunities around Boston and internationally such as: World Music/CRASH Arts’ “Ten’s the Limit” (2005 and 2007), ArtBeat 2004 and 2009, “Virgin”, produced by the Dance Renewal Project, Harvard Square’s “May Fair” 2004, with the Choreographers Group 2004, Earth Dance’s Outdoor Performance Festival 2003, Corporación Cultural de Las Condes (Santiago, Chile) 2007, Boston Center for the Arts’ Mills Gallery as a featured artist of the Movement at the Mills residency. Zoe has also presented its work in self produced concerts: at the Dance Complex, Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center and Tower Auditorium at Massachusetts College of Art, the Boston Common, Union Square Plaza, in Assembly Square, and Green Street Studios. Zoé Dance was awarded a project grant from the Somerville Arts Council (2010+2020) as well as earning a Fellowship Grant (2013, 2016, 2019). Zoe Dance was selected as one of three companies to participate in a month long residency retreat at the Boston Center for the Arts (May/June 2016). Other grants and awards include NextSteps for Boston Dance (the Boston Foundation), Boston Dance Grant (NEFA), and an MCC Fellowship in Choreography 2020.