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J. Bouey

3 November / 1:00-3:00 PM / Abrons Art Center / Studio 302  

10 November / 10:00-12:00 PM / Abrons Art Center / Studio 302  

17 November / 1:00-3:00 PM / Abrons Art Center / Studio 302  

24 November / 1:00-3:00 PM / Abrons Art Center / Studio 302



I see these classes as a lab to explore the qualities of movement and performance that are embedded in my artistic journey. I am decentering myself as a "teacher" and choosing to facilitate our explorations together. Through a combination of guided improvisational exercises, multiple explorations of polyrhythm, and strengthening a relationship with the floor wrapped in familiar contemporary movement practices and exciting music. We will move through improvisational exercises and codified movement phrases multiple times throughout the class to meet the needs of the questions/experiments set for the class.

Sarah Chien

1 December / 1:00-4:00 PM / Abrons Art Center 

8 December / 4:30-7:30 PM / Abrons Art Center **

15 December / 1:00-4:00 PM / Abrons Art Center

** Post-workshop dinner


What if we approached improvisation not as inventing, but as a way to develop what we each already have?  A few years ago, I stopped dancing in companies and began working as a solo artist. Since then, many friends have asked me how I am able to go to keep up both training and creative inspiration when confronting myself in an empty space. In this workshop I’ll share tools for creating an active personal practice, based in improvisation, that will help you develop precision, clarity, creativity and a solo voice. We’ll approach personal warmup as a sacred time for tuning and research, beginning the class together but alone. Then we’ll train together,  through the techniques that have most influenced my practice: David Zambrano’s Flying Low and Passing Through as well as QiGong. Expect floorwork, walking and running, spirals through the body, gathering and sending of energy. In the final part of each class we’ll work through different thematic approaches to solo improvisation scores: time, space, physicality, voice/breath, emotional states. Our aesthetic will be clarity and commitment. We’ll perform for ourselves and for each other and hone our observer’s eye. I believe a strong solo practice is the foundation for collaboration and composition. Showing up for yourself is the best way to begin.