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Workshop Descriptions

November 6-8, 2015

Friday, 2:30 - 4pm | Coming Home: Improv Mixer with Delisa Myles & Liz Faller

Arrive. Come “home” and re-unite with your body, each other, this place. Play.  Connect.  Dance!  Ground in a somatic awareness practice and open to the unknown,  moment to moment. We’ll revisit some of our favorite improv scores and welcome the new. We’ll laugh alot and perhaps share a tear or two. Everyone welcome.

liz fallerAbout Liz Faller

Liz has been an avid practitioner and educator in dance, yoga, meditation, mindfulness and interdisciplinary arts for thirty- five years, teaching for Prescott College and in the community since 1993. Her passion for dance improvisation, somatic awareness, nature, and her students has continued to flourish. She has served as Prescott College Granite Performing Arts Coordinator since 2013. Her approach is heart-felt, playful, and expressive.

More on Liz: http://www.prescott.edu/academics/faculty/liz-faller
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J09PBg6TbRo (Nature and Dance course 2014)

delisa mylesAbout Delisa Myles

Delisa Myles has been central in developing the Dance Program at Prescott College from 1994 to the present. She has created coursework emphasizing the development of creative vision through improvisational and compositional skills. Dance as community connection and as a healing art are also areas of life-long practice. Her choreography delves into feminine archetypes, using personal story and collective mythology to guide her process. Her intergenerational work, Mothership: Dances of the Fluid Feminine, received an Artist Project grant from Arizona Commission on the Arts to tour Arizona. Her work has been chosen to be part of Breaking Ground Dance and Film Festival at Tempe Center for the Arts in 2013 and 2015. She is a founding member of Human Nature Dance Theatre, an intergenerational, inter-arts collective, who have performed annually at Arcosanti since 1993. Delisa also frequently collaborates with artists from around the country. She holds an M.F.A. in Dance Choreography/Performance from University of Colorado.

Website: www.delisamyles.com

Saturday, 7:30 - 8:30am | Dynamic Flow Yoga with Breanna Rogers

Dynamic Flow is a comprehensive yoga practice designed to mindfully move the body with the breath in order to cultivate flexibility, tone, strength, grace and fluidity. Balancing the power and vigor of a strong yoga flow with a sensitivity to alignment, body awareness and movement efficiency, this class aims to leave you feeling nourished, calm, grounded and energized!

breanna rogers

About Breanna Rogers

Breanna Rogers is a mother, a dancer, a teacher and a yoga instructor. She received her BA in Dance from Sonoma State University and her yoga teacher certification from the Denver Institute of Yoga. She has been teaching improvisation, choreography and modern dance technique in various settings, from colleges to dance studios, high schools and dance festivals, over a span of 15 years. Currently, she’s teaching dance full time at Skyview School, a charter school in Prescott, AZ. When she’s not dancing, she’s doing yoga! Breanna’s yoga classes are about restoring neutrality and balance to the nervous system by utilizing the breath along with strong, slow moving, fluid sequences of asana. No matter what she’s teaching, her desire is to help others to bring more creativity, mindfulness and connection into their lives.

Saturday, 9 - 10:30am | Gaga for People with Maree ReMalia

Gaga is a movement language which Ohad Naharin developed over the course of many years and which is applied in daily practice and exercises by the Batsheva Dance Company members. The language of Gaga originated from the belief in the healing, dynamic, ever-changing power of movement. Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body. Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Gaga raises awareness of physical weaknesses, awakens numb areas, exposes physical fixations, and offers ways for their elimination. The work improves instinctive movement and connects conscious and unconscious movement, and it allows for an experience of freedom and pleasure in a simple way, in a pleasant space, in comfortable clothes, accompanied by music, each person with himself and others. This class will be 1-hour in length with time for questions at the end. No previous experience necessary, dancers and movement enthusiasts ages 16+ welcome! Observers not permitted.  http://gagapeople.com/english/

“We become more aware of our form. We connect to the sense of the endlessness of possibilities. We explore multi-dimensional movement; we enjoy the burning sensation in our muscles, we are ready to snap, we are aware of our explosive power and sometimes we use it. We change our movement habits by finding new ones. We go beyond our familiar limits. We can be calm and alert at once.”  – Ohad Naharin

Maree ReMaliaAbout Maree ReMalia

Maree ReMalia is a dance artist who lives between Middlebury, VT and Washington, DC. She travels frequently working as a choreographer, performer, and teacher in a variety of settings. merrygogo is her platform for creating project-based performance works with communities of shifting collaborators. In 2014, her interdisciplinary work, The Ubiquitous Mass of Us, was named by The Examiner as one of “Pittsburgh’s Top 10 Contemporary Dance Performances.” Her work has been commissioned by Gibney Dance DoublePlus Festival under the curation of Bebe Miller and has been presented in the U.S. and abroad. She has danced in the work of Bebe Miller, Ohad Naharin, and Noa Zuk. Between 2003-2014, she performed with regional contemporary companies in Cleveland and Pittsburgh and previously with Southern Ballet Theatre and the Richmond Ballet. Maree earned her MFA at The Ohio State University and went on to become  a certified instructor of the Gaga movement language through the first official training program in Tel Aviv, Israel. She is thrilled to join Middlebury College Movement Matters Residency as the Andrew W. Mellon Interdisciplinary Choreographer (2015-2017). Full bio: http://www.merrygogo.com/mareeremalia.htm

Links to my websites:

merrygogo archival site
merrygogo blog
Movement Matters Residency

Videos:

slants excerpts
The Ubiquitous Mass of Us trailer
Multiple Bodies Project excerpts

*Special thank you to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Middlebury College Movement Matters Residency, and Prescott College for supporting travel and creative research for this event.

Saturday, 11am - 12:30pm | Elemental Animal with Mizu Desierto

Dance as a practice to cultivate empathy, sensation, wildness & collectivity.

I find myself called to dance because it is a place of solitude, intimacy, baseness, & transparency. It is a refuge from contemporary conventions and culture. It is a state where I am able to be free from my more domesticated impulses in order to process the otherwise censored/hidden emotions and responses of my human experience.

The practice of butoh has opened in me a kind of embodied rebellion, sourced from inside the very fabric of my DNA. At the same time, it has offered me a path into the poetic mapping of the imagination and the unconscious terrain of the body/mind.

This is what I offer to my students: a way into themselves, a way to pass through their limitations and regenerate their energy through dance. The training of the dancer/performer is a pretense to train for better living…to find again profound creativity and provocative, authentic and vital relationship with the world around us. Through the collective experience of embodied expression, we rediscover our animal body, our water body, our wild body, our subtle body. Drawing from the work of Japanese Butoh, Body-Ritual-Movement (BRM), Somatic Practice/Noguchi Taiso, Contemplative Movement, Improvisation, and Physical Theatre.​

Mizu DesiertoAbout Mizu Desierto

Mizu is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Water in the Desert (WITD) and The Headwaters Theatre. She is a performer, choreographer and educator whose work explores themes of identity, truth, ecology and transformation. She has performed with Human Nature Dance Theatre (AZ), Harupin-Ha Butoh (S.F.), Yoshito and Kazuo Ohno (Japan), & Diego Piñon (Mexico) and her solo work has been presented nationally and internationally. Mizu’s artistic works have been commissioned by The City of Portland and Portland Center Stage and she is a frequent educator and choreographer for The Circus Project. In addition, her projects have received funding from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Oregon’s Regional Arts & Culture Council, Oregon Arts Commission, Portland Development Commission, The Multnomah County Cultural Coalition & The Oregon Cultural Trust. As an educator, she has taught intensive courses through Prescott College (AZ) and Portland State University. Most recently she was awarded an artistic fellowship residency at Playa Summer Lake.

Video: https://vimeo.com/118045195

Saturday, 4 - 5:30pm | West African-Inspired Dance with Nikki Kokotovich

This workshop will be an fun exploration of freeing the spirit through honoring the cultural exchange of Guinea, West African drum and dance with the Western world. Live drumming from local drummers will accompany the dancers, further establishing the symbiotic relationship between the dancer and the drummer.

We will be practicing the rhythm Kassani Soro, also known as Kassa, which is a rhythm played for harvest. Soro essentially means magic, or life force. We honor ourselves and our ancestors as we draw together to create magic within our dance community. Through dancing, we pay homage to the magical life force held within this rhythm.

Nikki KokotovichAbout Nikki Kokotovich

Under the guidance of Liz Faller, Nikki found her hearts passion in West African dance seven years ago. She has traveled throughout the southwest to study with some of the world’s most prominent teachers, such as Youssouf Koumbassa, Moustapha Bangoura, Fara Tolno, Amara Mansare, Marieto Camara, Alhassane Camara, and many more. Studying West African dance has been a life changing experience; it has taught her what it means to open her heart, to enjoy each moment life brings, and to connect with the spirit of the universe. Sharing the stage with African born master dancers has revealed deeper levels of humility and respect, which then inform various other aspects of life.

Sunday, 7:30 - 8:30am | Breathe/Laugh/Play…The Fundamentals of Acroyoga! with Jody Karr Silaski

Come experience the stillness of the moment, in balance with another. The challenging and confidence–building practice of acroyoga will connect you to your strength, compassion, and inner ninja monkey in the company of like-minded individuals.

The class will explore:

  • Partner dynamics: expand your yogic awareness to include others.
  • Core body stabilization: strength building techniques to cultivate lightness.
  • The Essential 3 – base, flyer and spotter:  techniques to ensure safety and freedom.
  • Basic partner acroyoga poses for opening the front, back, and side body.

jody karr-silaski

About Jodi Karr Silaski

Jody brings together a powerful commitment to nurturing community, and a passion for play, laughter and freedom of expression. Her fascination with community dynamics has inspired her to participate in intentional communities, to manage Community Supported Agriculture projects, and to develop residential programs for youth to experience the power of community in a wilderness setting. Connecting to the flow of the divine through dance has provided a balance to that work, and has led her through many joyful landscapes of movement: theater movement, modern dance, belly dance, circus arts and acroyoga. In 2008 Jody saw a video of Eugene and Jessie of Acroyoga Montreal performing the Victory Hall Flow, and promptly went out in search of an opportunity to study acroyoga. She earned her Acroyoga Montreal teaching certification in 2013.

Jody’s Acroyoga Manifesto: Take the focus and intentionality of one’s solo yoga practice and broaden that awareness to include others. Embrace partner yoga practice as a tool for building a community of people who are present for one another, communicate their needs directly, know that their contributions are valued, and are compassionately aware of one-another’s growth edges.

Sunday, 9 - 10:30am | Inner Dance with Heather Starsong

Exploring through movement the emotional and spiritual sources of our creativity

heather starsong

About Heather Starsong

Heather Starsong taught dance at Prescott College from 1970-1973. She lives in Boulder, Colorado and is semi-retired from a long career teaching dance and yoga and practicing Rolfing. She enjoys writing novels, walking in the high country, dancing, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Website: http://heatherstarsong.com