SLOWDANGER || THE PLAYGROUND NYC
THE PLAYGROUND NYC
1/14/20 || 10:00AM-12:00PM
1/16/20 || 12:00-2:00PM
Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, 280 Broadway, NYC
Entrance 53A Chambers Street
The Playground NYC allows dancers to experience various choreographic styles and ideas, engage with a new community of dancers, and gather resourceful information and inspiration from the array of choreographers involved. In turn, established choreographers are paid for their creative investigations, are given free space to explore new movement with professional dancers, and are provided with the opportunity to establish relationships with new dancers and fellow choreographers.
slowdanger physical integration (SPI) is an explorational movement experience accompanied by an evolving sound score. Inspired by their studies in somatic practices, BodyMindCentering, Laban Movement Analysis, Movement Theater, Corporeal Mime, improvisational methodologies and compositional studies, slowdanger guides participants to investigate non-verbal processing mechanisms through movement, groove, and sensory stimulus. slowdanger will guide you through a warm-up using imagery and sensing to harness fluidity, dynamic and control in the body. Following, participants will move through improvisational states and compositional frameworks used within slowdanger’s choreographic process. Focus will be placed on honing specificity and finding freedom within the container of structured material. SPI is designed as an open-level practice. It challenges participants to explore connections to body, sound, and their environment. These connections are used to play, investigate, fail, fall, transform and regenerate. slowdanger has faclitated workshops at Carnegie Mellon University, University of Maryland, Point Park University, Slippery Rock University, Middlebury College, BAX, Gibney, Movement research, Peridance, Painted Bride Arts Center, The Mattress Factory and more.
Anna Thompson and Taylor Knight, are co-founders of performance entity, slowdanger. slowdanger fuses sound and movement through improvised contemporary and postmodern dance frameworks using found material, electronic instrumentation, vocalization, and ontological examination to engage in collaborative work. Performers manifest as a non-binary entity that is one body amassed of multiple bodies in space. Within this system, they work with an engaged and deepened understanding of energy, synergy, action, gender, time, and storytelling. slowdanger aims to bring disparate points, people and disciplines together to interface and innovate. slowdanger has been featured at/in Dance Magazine’s ‘ 25 to Watch’, The MoMA, Springboard Danse Montreal, The Andy Warhol Museum, Usine C, Dance Place and more. slowdanger has received support from The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The Heinz Endowments, The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and The Opportunity Fund. Recently they were Creatives in Residence at the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon and Performers in Residence at the Carnegie Museum of Art.
Photo Credit : Umi Akiyoshi