Oct 1 to 5, 2012
10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Dovehouse Dance Ballroom
805 Dovercourt Road, 2ndfloor,
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
High Park (sites changing daily)
Full price: $300
Early bird: $150 to $270
(with $15 non-refundable deposit by Sep 19, see discount plan)
This alternative technique class (ATC) is open to all levels of movers (dancers, artists, scholars etc). If needed, mornings can be attended without taking part in the afternoon workshops.
Using an interdisciplinary praxis based in site-specific dance, ecosomatics, improvisation and place based / environmental education, we will attempt an investigation into the experience, embodiment and performance of place.
How can we re-inhabit and reclaim the sensing, perceiving and imaginative body in order to make sense of place? How can we tune our senses to become more fully present, to participate in the interconnected web of the sentient world?
Each day will be structured around a specific theme:
- Day 1: The Body as the First Site / Place
- Day 2: Extending the Fields of Self / Fields of Care
- Day 3: Exploring Boundaries / Making Contact:
Body to Body, Body to Earth
- Day 4: Placing Ourselves: Location, Proximity and Intimacy
- Day 5: Performing Place
Reflection and feedback will be part of our daily process. If participants agree, feedback will contribute to both Morgan’s MES thesis work and to the writing of a (as-of yet untitled) field guide for the somatic investigation of “place”.
Please be ready with pen/notebook, comfortable studio attire and weather appropriate clothing for the afternoons.
Sally Morgan has been working as an improviser, dancer, choreographer, director, filmmaker, teacher and producer for 14 years. She spent several years based in Toronto and lived/worked in Nova Scotia from 1999-2006. Her choreography has been performed across Canada and in the USA. She began training professionally in 1994 and has traveled internationally with studies and work in dance, improvisation, somatic movement, contact improvisation and film/video.
Her current work is focused on place/space, identity, environmental philosophy, and ecosomatics, exploring improvisation and the connections between landscape and the body through performance, research and teaching. The late Diane Moore and noted teachers/mentors, including Nancy Stark Smith, Simone Forti, and The BodyCartography Project have influenced Sally’s artistic approach.
Recent projects include: the “here” score (2012); The Road Dances Project/ Handbook (in progress); The Fields and the Woods (in progress); the large scale site work Landmarked (2010), Intersections (2008) and The Far Field (2008) and 26 minute dance film (2006 with Canal Arte) and accompanying 1 hour BRAVO television documentary (2007) titled (decoding the) Undertow.
Sally holds a (Hons) BFA from York University in Dance, trained through The School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Professional Training Program and is a certified Pilates and Yoga Instructor. Under the company name Eastward Moving she has been teaching various classes/workshops since 2001. Sally is currently finishing her thesis, titled Dancing the Landscape, for completion of her Masters of Environmental Studies (2012).