Molly Poerstal

Tuesdays 11-1pm at Brooklyn Studios for Dance
10/4, 10/11, 10/18
$8 // cash or check

What is "presence" and where is "now"?

In this three class series, I place questioning in the center of action.

I question performative directives and aim to replace them with processes and experiences which can both rattle and harmonize our subtle bodies, that which can leave a sensorial imprint or kinetic artifact in our visera.

I ask us to act with precision and instinct, and to find selfhood in our performing, in our collaborations, and in our creations.

In order to do so, we will question the "now"….
Where is now? What takes us to the 'now'? Are we now in the now? Are we now out of the now?

October 4th: Where is now, in our performing bodies?
Answering this question as we prepare and nurture our body for performance. There will be a warm up, improvisation and set material where the mover utilizes their own agency, necessities and choice within a simple framework.

October 11th: Where is now, in our improvising bodies?
Answering this question through somatic investigations and improvisation, we will prepare the body for the rigorous process of collaboration through persistent inquiry.

October 18th: Where is now, in our creating bodies?
Answering this question through an active process of dance-making utilizing choice, instinct and witnessing.

It is my hope that this three class series may become a scaffolding which holds space for, honors, and celebrates the complex and the multifaceted inquiries of the current contemporary dance artist.


Molly Poerstel is a dance artist whose choreographic works include:  Are we a Fossil, and of facings? (Gibney Dance, 2016), Stolen Grounds (Gibney DoublePlus, 2014), This Person is a Country (Nayang Fine Arts Academy, 2014), The Highlands (Food for Thought Dancespace Project, 2014), Hungry Ghost (Judson Memorial Church, 2013) and Do Beast (NYLA Fresh Tracks, 2012).
As a performer she has been active in the New York City dance community for the past sixteen years, and within this time she has worked with various artist including: Mark Jarecke, David Dorfman Dance Company (05-09) Susan Rethorst, Alex Escalante, Hilary Clark, Larissa Valez-Jackson, Roseanne Spradlin, visual artist Terry Rosenberg, and Jeanine Durning.
Poerstel has studied anatomy with Irene Dowd,  Body Mind Centering, and various somatic practices, all of which influence her process as a dance maker and teacher.  As a teaching artist, she has taught dance technique at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, SUNY Purchase Dance Conservatory, the Dalton School and the Nanyang Fine Arts Academy in Singapore.