Colin Gee

Corporeal Performance Techniques
Tues & Thurs 7-9pm, May 10 - 19 at Brazil

This class, intended for dancers and actors, will develop performance tools adapted from mask and movement-based acting styles (Clown, Commedia dell'Arte, Melodrama, Fantastical, and Tragedy). Drawing from the work of Jacques Lecoq and Etienne Decroux, themes explored will include: movement isolation and articulation, narrative weights and opposition, separation of narrative and gesture, tacit narrative, and the art of failure. The class will be divided into three parts: warm-up/technique, partnering and space, and improv/discussion.

Trained as an actor at the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris, and Dell Arte School of Physical Theater, Colin Gee is currently the founding Whitney Live artist-in-residence at the Whitney Museum of American Art. From 2001 - '04, Gee was a principal clown in the Cirque du Soleil production, Dralion. Film/performance works include: Dakota (2005/6), recipient of the Best Male Performer award at the Dublin Fringe Festival, and Across The Road (2009). Objective Suspense (2008) was commissioned and premiered by the Whitney Museum in the exhibition "Alexander Calder: the Paris Years." Video/dance series, Portrait and Landscape (2006 - current), premiered at Dance Theater Workshop in 2006. In 2009, 27 new works were added to the series, including 12 short films created at the Cathedral Church of St John the Divine where Gee was the 2009 Visiting Artist-in-Residence. Nested (2009), a video work, was commissioned by SFMOMA. History Plays (2010), a video series responding to works in the Whitney Museum’s permanent collection, premiered under the auspices of Whitney Live. The Band (2010), was performed in the Whitney 2010 Biennial on Martin Kersels’s sculptural installation, "5 Songs." A video series, I felt I’d been here before... (2010), responded to images in the Belfast Exposed photographic archive, from which it was commissioned. Blind Studies (2010), was created and performed with Judith Sánchez Ruíz at Danspace Project St. Mark’s Church.

As a member of Irene Hultman Dance Company, he performed in “Love, Betrayal, and a Bowling Trophy” (2000), at Danspace Project St. Mark’s Church, The Kitchen, and Jacobs Pillow Dance festival, and in her gala production of “Black Tie Optional” (2001) at the Joyce Theatre in New York. As a member of The Flying Machine Theater Company he created roles in “Utopians” (1998), “The Escapist” (1999), and “Archipelago” (2000), as well as the title role for their revisionist “Petrushka” (2000) at Carnegie Hall with the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Colin has taught at Columbia University, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, London International School of Performing Arts, Dell Arte' School of Physical Theater, Teatro San Gines and University of Arts and Communication, Santiago de Chile, University of Iowa, North Carolina School of the Arts, Diverseworks, Sushi Arts Space, University of California, San Diego, Televisa Studios, Mexico City, and Daghdha Dance Company, Ireland. He is a 2011 recipient of the Rome Prize.

Colin Gee

September 16, 17 & 18; Tues, Wed & Thurs from 10am-12pm

Performance Personae and/or Comic Obstacles

Each class focuses on the relationship between movement and persona, and each will be divided into three parts: warm-up/technique, movement and context, and larger phrasing and narration. Referencing the training of Jacques Lecoq and Etienne Decroux, the class adapts performance skills based in mask and movement-theater styles to other narrative and non-narrative performance work. It places formal movement training in relation to performance personae, developing awareness of narrative thresholds. The warm-up includes isolation- and articulation-based techniques. The second part of the class develops the material through movement exercises exploring restraint, suspension, and play. Movement themes will include tacit narrative, narrative weights and oppositions, and separation of narrative and gesture. Each class will develop phrases initiated through these progressive warm-up and thematic exercises.