December 14, 15, 16, 2012
for dance artists • established & emerging • all genres •
Deadline: mid October 2012
(propose now for early acceptance!)
A weekend of dance development, creation, feedback, mentoring, presentation and later follow-up.
Across Oceans Maxine Heppner will mentor 4 groups of choreographers and their dancers over 26.2 hours of creative flow, discovery, creation and performance.
Jessica Runge, Susan Lee and Takako Segawa will assist as coaches.
Question 1: how long is a marathon? 26.2 miles
Question 2: how long is the choreographic marathon? 26.2 hours
Question 3: why? to learn the Art of the Possible in a shared community pulling
each other along not because it’s easy, but because it is hard, going deep inside
yourself and drawing on inner creativity and strength that you might have never
known even existed.
Take an idea & Run with it for 26 hours 385 seconds & beyond.
Work within your own creative process. Break blocks. Move work forward. Build creative stamina. Hit the wall and find out what is at the other side.
Come with material to test, twist, develop, cut, reflect, refashion, reason, rescue and refine. Share feedback and take it immediately back into the studio. Wrestle with angels. Play with demons. End with a work unlike anything else you’ve created or performed before.
Maxine Heppner has been a mentor and teacher of choreographic process for professionals and students for over 30 years in Canada and worldwide. “A fine fine choreographer and she goes for it”, says the Globe and Mail. She developed the choreographic marathon to extend the modern dance quest to go beyond personal boundaries and boredoms to discover deep personal creative resources. Assisting in mentoring are senior dance artists Jessica Runge “tremendous breadth and depth”, Susan Lee “a tour de force” and Takako Segawa “compelling” “Maxine’s work became translucent through her.”
Past students say:
“Maxine teaches with passion, integrity, intelligence; authentic, bold and
in tune with her times.“ J Goodwin, Toronto;
“out of our usual framework, you allowed me to break free of pressures I
had felt previously and had repressed, pushing us to
focus on creative capacities.” L. Stevens, Montreal;
The choreographic marathon is produced by Across Oceans: collaborations in contemporary arts with the generous cooperation of The Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement and supported in part from the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.