Dates & Times
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Partnering skills are a necessary yet rarely taught aspect of contemporary dance. Gibney Dance fills this gap with a weekly class exploring partnering through the lens of a different dance artist each month. Classes will be held every Tuesday from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at 280 Broadway.View Class Schedule →
Kate Jewett’s partnering workshop will utilize the nuances of the senses. A dancer’s acute artistry and refined perception of energy, both his/her own and of others, holds the wonderful possibility of creating intuitive movement. Using group and partnering activities, we will explore our sense of touch and how it can make us move in ways that would not be possible in solo work.
Kate joined Shen Wei Dance Arts in 2005. As a company member, teacher, rehearsal director and teaching artist, she has taught and performed all over Europe, Asia, Australia, and the U.S. Her own works have been performed at DeSales University, the United Nations, Park Avenue Armory, Milan, the Fabbrica Europa and Performatica festivals. Named Director of Education and Outreach for Shen Wei Dance Arts in 2008, she has created a dance-in-education program for New York City Schools. Kate has been Rehearsal Director for Shen Wei Dance Arts since January 2009.
In this class we will explore the practice of fully wielding and fully ceding our power as an individual, a partner and a performer.
Athletic abandonment is supplemented by subtlety and simplicity as we explore our partnerships and active practice of partnering with the floor, the space and the other.
Through set material, compositional exercises, specific skill building and scored improvisations, we get to revel in the simple objectivity of touch balanced by the subjectivity of being human performers.
We will explore the space and tension between moving bodies as a rant, a whisper and a full-throated roar.
Simon Thomas-Train began dancing at Middlebury College, transitioning from an extensive background in competitive cross country skiing to graduate with a BA in Dance in 2009. He has had the pleasure of working with Tiffany Rhynard/Big Action Performance Ensemble, Satya Roosens, Attack Theatre, Megan Bascom and Dancers, Alexandra Beller/Dances, Tiffany Mills and Company, Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, Red Dirt Dance, Vanessa Anspaugh, Pavel Zustiak|palissimo, Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, David Dorfman Dance and most recently with the Bessie-winning Then She Fell and The Grand Paradise, both by Third Rail Projects. He is a co-founder of The Space We Make.