Workshop Series: Eric Nordstrom

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Velocity Dance Center says
From Imagery to Improvisation
MAY 22-23 / 2-5PM // Velocity Founders + Kawasaki Studios 1621 12th Ave
REGISTER $50 full workshop / $30 drop-in / $43 MVP

How does the body work? How do bones, muscles, and tendons function together to generate movement? When does breath inform impulse? In this workshop, we will explore these questions with the goal of understanding how knowledge of our bodies can help us create dance. The focus of the pair of classes will be on working with anatomical imagery to enhance improvisation. Each class starts slow and simple with a focus on breath and a chance to internalize body imagery. The first class addresses the pelvis and lower body. The second class works with the spine and upper body. Throughout both classes, carefully chosen images of bones, muscles, and organs give insight to anatomical structure and quality of movement. Both classes culminate with a movement score offering vibrant dancing. In these explorations, we move together from imagery to improvisation.

ERIC NORDSTROM is a dance performer, filmmaker and professor. As a director and editor, his interests focus on the intersection of dance, improvisation, documentary, and film. His past and current film work features such prominent dancers and scholars as Ann Cooper Albright and Simone Forti. He is currently at work on a Regional Arts and Culture Council-funded documentary about the history of contemporary dance in Portland. Eric has taught contemporary technique, contact improvisation, and dance on film courses in colleges and universities throughout the U.S., including Kenyon College, University of Oregon, and The Ohio State University, where he earned his Master of Fine Arts. He is on faculty at Lewis and Clark College and Portland State University.

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