Zena Bibler, Brandin Steffensen & Katie Schetlick

CLASS DESCRIPTION

Through a series of experiments and exercises we will use our bodies as primary investigators to define and examine the larger political, social, and organizational choreographies already at work in public spaces. Together we will increase our awareness of the ways our own and other bodies are informed by systems such as architecture, urban planning, transit, behavioral norms, surveillance, as well as our own expectations, in order to investigate how improvisation might work as a tool to increase our awareness and agency within these intersecting systems.

Zena and Brandin

PHOTO CREDIT:
Jan Welters, Jan Vredeman de Vries, Manuel Mira Godinho

BIOS

Brooklyn based artist Brandin Steffensen performs with Keely Garfield Dance and Liz Gerring Dance Company, and directs Underscore NYC. He performs his solo adaptation of Deborah Hay’s News and Glimpse: a performance installation of the Underscore with Nancy Stark Smith. His improvisational practices have roots in game theory and contemporary physics and are further informed by social spatial considerations. Steffensen curates Dance Talk Show at The Actors Fund Arts Center and other dance showcases through the Catskill Collaborative. He has been making dances and teaching since 2000. Steffensen’s Pentamodes have been presented by La Mama, Dance Theater Workshop, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Tank, The New Museum, and The Harkness 92nd Street Y, among others. He has had the pleasure of dancing with Tamar Rogoff, Brian Brooks Moving Company, Tiffany Mills Dance Company, Lawrence Goldhuber, Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, Christopher Williams, and Ririe Woodbury Dance Company. Film appearances include Walk Away Renee (2012) and Very Good Girls (2013). He holds a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah and practices Reiki.

Zena Bibler is an independent dance artist based in Brooklyn and co-founder of The Movement Party and Fleet Moves Dance Festival with Katie Schetlick. She is interested in improvisation structures and site-specific performance, using movement as a means of experiencing diverse environments—uncovering their histories, secret meanings, serendipities, and previously unimagined possibilities. Her live work has been shown at Movement Research @ Judson Church, Dixon Place, NADA Hudson, Gibney Dance Center, and Yale University, and her films have been shown domestically and internationally. As a performing artist, she has danced in parks, windows, museums, beaches, convents, gutters, steamships, stages, and city streets with Steve Paxton, Anne Zuerner, Willi Dorner, Mariangela Lopez/Accidental Movement, Susana Cook, Davide Balula, Alexx Shilling and The Movement Party. She holds an MA in Performance Studies from New York University with a focus on dance and site-specific composition, and a BA in History from Yale University.