Tues & Thurs 12-2pm, May 17 - 26 at Gibney
Through moving, experimenting, making, and noticing, this class wonders, how do memories live in our bodies? How can we be attentive to them in choreography and live performance? My current choreographic research explores the space of distant memory as a choreographic and performance process, and considers ways of conjuring and inviting that phantom space of memory to be felt in the present, right here, right now. I am interested in the convergence of the body, performing objects, and texts and how these can be engaged alongside of each other in process. In this series of workshops, I will offer structures that have emerged in my own work (including improvisational scores, phase material, and work with items such as old photographs and inherited or found objects), while leaving space for us to discover new processes together. Each class will also include a textual offering related to the day's explorations.
Adrienne Westwood is a Brooklyn based dance artist. In 2003, she co-founded VIA Dance Collaborative when awarded the eight-month Kenan Fellowship at Lincoln Center Institute. Her choreography has been presented at Jacob’s Pillow, the CCN-Ballet de Lorraine (Nancy, France), The WUK (Vienna), the McCallum Theater (California), Island Moving Company (Rhode Island) and the East Street Theater (Massachusetts). Her work has also been presented widely in New York, at spaces including Joyce SoHo and Dance Theater Workshop (DanceNow/NYC), DNA, Center for Performance Research, and Dixon Place. Her evening-length Lullaby in Surrealism was presented at the Ailey Citigroup Theater and Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out in 2008-2009. Adrienne’s choreography has been supported by grants including the LMCC’s Fund for Creative Communities and Manhattan Community Arts Fund, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, and by numerous space grants and residencies. She has also danced for Helen Simoneau since 2006. Adrienne has been visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at SUNY Fredonia, artist in residence at North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA) and Performática (Puebla, Mexico); New York teaching includes Dancepants, CLASSCLASSCLASS, and Dance New Amsterdam's Modern Guest Artist Series. She is currently a lecturer at University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a teaching artist for Lincoln Center Institute. She completed her MFA in dance on fellowship through Hollins University/The American Dance Festival a received her BFA from NCSA. Upcoming projects include her new work "Record" in OBject.obJECT at DNA, as well as Movement Research at Judson Church and a Blank Canvas Residency at The Firkin Crane in Cork, Ireland.