kairos contemporary For Intermediate & Advanced dancers WEDNESDAYS at The Dance Complex | 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM 536 Mass Ave, Central Square Cambridge MA $15 drop-in | $50 5-class-pass
This contemporary technique class introduces dancers to the somatic world of KAIROS Dance Theater. Exercises and warm-ups incorporating Capoeria, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Initiation work, partnering and more invite students to find a fuller use of space, nuance and strength. Students also learn phrase work from KAIROS repertory which blends free-wheeling turns and leaps with sudden inversions, extreme suspended shapes, rhythmic isolations, quirky gestures, and intricate footwork.
The first half of each class focuses on building strength, flexibility and coordination with an emphasis on understanding proper alignment, re-patterning learned movement behavior and cultivating deeper body awareness. Each class starts with a fast-paced warm-up that integrates exercises from Yoga, Pilates, Dance and Martial Arts. The second half focuses on learning new vocabulary and choreographed phrases that focus on spatial awareness, musicality, and performance qualities. Improvisational strategies are an integral component to KAIROS's creative process and will also be interspersed throughout classes. An introduction to movement practices including 1,000 voices, Action Theater, Listening Strategies and Laban Movement Analysis aim to expand the potential of a dancer's performative power and amplify stage presence.
*** 1,000 VOICES (www.PaulaJosaJones.org) 1,000 Voices is a movement practice developed by Paula Josa-Jones to both train the body and generate movement. Practitioners isolate, move from, and give voice to individual parts of the body in increasing granularity – from whole body movement to body halves, to a specific point on the body, to the space between two cells.
ACTION THEATER (www.ActionTheater.com) Action Theater is an improvisational physical theater training and performance method created by Ruth Zaporah. Its exercises isolate the components of action – time, space, shape, and energy – so they can be examined, experienced, and altered in order to expand the expressive palette.
LISTENING STRATEGIES (www.PaulineOliveros.us / www.DeepListening.org) Listening Strategies cultivate deep connections between performers and elevate consciousness of the entire body and all its senses. Using Listening Strategies onstage allows the timing of movements and the relationships between dancers to be unique for every single performance.
LABAN MOVEMENT ANALYSIS(LMA) (www.limsonline.org) Devised by the Hungarian-born dance artist and theorist, Rudolph Laban (1879-1958), Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) is comprised of a comprehensive vocabulary, theory and analytic framework for identifying and enhancing the many aspects of human movement. LMA examines movement through the interrelated components of Body, Effort, Shape and Space. How an individual uses and attends to these components determines his or her unique movement signature. Once these are identified, the potential for expanding one’s nonverbal communication and enlivened expressivity may be tapped.