John Jasperse Workshops

Classes with Jodi Melnick

Class begins with a thorough, continuous warm-up, working from the inside out, attention and awareness on the organs, skeletal and the muscular body. Warm-up is followed by a dancing phrase with movement vocabulary ranging from small and gestural to large and sweeping, organic and unusual coordination's, idiosyncrasies and clean, straightforward expressions.

Composition/Physical Relationships - John Jasperse

Through a series of improvisations and choreographic sketches, we will explore making dances as the process of creating a series of physical relations, both between performers and within time and space. We'll begin by cultivating internal bodily states through the use of images and partner work, manifesting these states in movement.

From there, we'll reverse this process, starting with various sources including memory, text and our cultural environment, to structure physical situations which in turn affect our bodily state. With information moving in both directions, we'll set out to mix and (mis)match our materials, using limitation as an integral part of composition, in our search for dance that exhibits a personal movement language, an evocative aesthetic sensibility, intelligence and guts.

Classes with Jodi Melnick
Where:  Dancehouse, 150 Princes St. Carlton North - Upstairs Studio
Dates:   Tue 29 March - Fri 1 April
Time:     10.00 - 11.30am
Cost:     $16 full, $14 conc, $12 DH members

Workshops with John Jasperse
Where:  Dancehouse, 150 Princes St. Carlton North - Upstairs Studio
Dates:   Tue 29 March - Fri 1 April
Time:    12.00 - 3.00pm
Cost:     (all four days) $220 full, $200 conc, $150 DH members
              (casual/day) $60 full, $55 conc, $40 DH members

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$270 full, $245 conc, $190 DH members

John Jasperse graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1985, and then moved to New York City to live and work. He is Artistic Director/Choreographer of John Jasperse Company. In 1996, Jasperse created Thin Man Dance, Inc., a New York-based not-for-profit organization; this structure supports the work of John Jasperse Company. His work has been presented by festivals and presenting organizations in the United States, Brazil, Chile, Israel, Japan, and throughout Europe.

John and Jodi, along with Rebecca Hilton, return to Dancehouse as a part of Dance Massive in presenting their acclaimed work Becky, Jodi & John. For more information on the performances, Click here.

Image: Bart Grietens courtesy of P.A.R.T.S. Brussels © 2010