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Providence, RI: THE FIRST FOUR Concert and Symposium

Providence, RI: THE FIRST FOUR Concert and Symposium


Doppelgänger Dance Collective


Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts
154 Angell Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02906


Friday, March 11, 2016 - 10:00am, 12:30pm, 5:00pm
Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 10:00am, 4:30pm



Doppelgänger Dance Collective

THE FIRST FOUR Concert and Symposium, Doppelgänger Dance Collective's (DDC) inaugural, full-length concert featuring four new dance works accompanied by a string quartet, will be presented and performed by Shura Baryshnikov and Danielle Davidson on March 11 and 12 at The Granoff Center at Brown University in Providence, RI. 

Surrounding the presentation of this concert, DDC is working with Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Dance Studies, Noémie Solomon  to present a rich dance and humanities symposium focused on choreography, creative process, collaborative partnerships, and the performance of live music and dance.

March 11 at 8:00pm
March 12 at 2:00pm & 8:00pm
The Saturday 2pm matinee will be followed by an artist talk back

MASTER CLASSES with THE FIRST FOUR choreographers &  SOUNDING DANCE: Conversations on Creative Exchange  
moderated by NOEMIE SOLOMON

03/11: Heidi Henderson, 10:00am - 12:00pm
03/11: Sydney Skybetter, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
03/11: SOUNDING DANCE, 5:00pm -6:45pm 
03/12: Paul Singh, 10:00am - 12:00pm
03/12: B.J. Sullivan, 4:30pm - 6:30 pm

The symposium program:

As is reflected in DDC's mission, it is necessary that the symposium provide community access to the participating choreographers, dancers and musicians, as well as offering community benefit through discussion of collaborative partnerships. These partnerships should be made full and fruitful for the wider community. 

Please join us at the following FREE events.

03/11: SOUNDING DANCE: Conversations on Creative Exchange  

Sounding Dance is a public discussion that addresses some of the creative and critical issues surrounding THE FIRST FOUR. The first half will gather the four choreographers and two dancers to discuss questions of choreography making and collaborative processes. The second part will bring together composers and choreographers to examine the challenges and potentials for artistic exchanges between dance and music in a live context.
Moderated by (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Dance Studies) Noémie Solomon, the conversation will unfold in two parts. 


03/11: Heidi Henderson, 10:00am - 12:00pm:
Big moving, fluid flowing, curious, attentive, joyous dancing.  Any level welcome, class will be sequentially challenging but if you come with an open heart, you will have fun.

03/11: Sydney Skybetter, 12:30pm - 2:30pm:
Beginning with a comprehensive warmup of the spine using Bartenieff technique, and incorporating phrase material from recent works, this workshop introduces the diversity of contemporary movement vocabularies in context of Skybetter & Associates repertory. This class investigates how anatomy and movement mechanics interface with the qualitative aspects of dance performance, culminating with phrase work emphasizing floor work, jumping, musicality and personal performance choices.

03/12: Paul Singh, 10:00am - 12:00pm:
What do we want to know? We want to draw from the floor to move up, from each other to move out, from outside knowledge to move in. We want a class full of technique, but we don't want to forget the reasons why we do this in the first place. We want to unravel the mystery of being "grounded," to change and pass through very different qualities of moving, to walk away from class with more than a heightened heart rate. We want investigation into clarity - knowing when we're rotated and relaxed, jumping and landing, high, low, wide, small and more importantly when we're dancing in a room with other bodies all trying to say the same thing. We want to combine the thinking body with the moving body. We will start on the floor with Bartenieff fundamentals of head and tail, then come to a rigorous standing technique. And then we will dance without holding anything back.

03/12: B.J. Sullivan, 4:30pm - 6:30 pm:
Safety Release Technique is my collective, responsive, engagement of work between synergies of experiences as a dancer, performer, teacher and choreographer.  The methodology combines health practicalities of human movement with the breadth and depth of artistic possibility.  SRT serves as a continual investigation and an evolving reflection of my inquiry and passion for dance.  I approach my teachings as a lifelong learner, facilitating and blending multiple layers of movement principles while informing dancing with a mixture of somatic and release applications. In preparation for full-bodied and vivid expressiveness, the classes begin on the floor with fundamental exercises designed for joint range and spine articulation.  Core support is the integral emphasis as the primary skeletal movement sequences progressively develop into full-range vertical and multi-plane combinations. The thematic premise of the work supports comprehension of circular pathways, encouraging flow of motion through the body and through changes in level, and creates awareness in protecting the body through my vocabulary of "safety foot and safety rolls series". The class is designed for all levels attending with a desire to embody and expand their technical palette.

For more information please visit our website: http://www.doppelgangerdancecollective.com/

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