Amii LeGendre: Beyond Vertical

Saturday, April 30, 2011

REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/Cal Arts Theater)
631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

This class is a fusion between a modern dance technique and contact improvisation. This class explores supported (safe) dancing on the floor, in the air, and upside down. The class begins on the floor with flow-based exercises focused on opening joints, tuning into breath and sensation, and finding meaningful pathways for safe motion out of and into the floor. Standing alignment work with a focus on core support, spiral, and joint release support eventual disruptions into designed falling pathways and upside-down work. The goal is to seek, adore, and make peace with disorientation in full-scale phrase work and contact dancing. The class stresses upper body strength and attention to one another and to the space in order to support wild disorientation, and to ultimately dance a fluid athletic vocabulary.

Presented in conjunction with performances of Faith by Pat Graney Company at REDCAT, April 28-May 1, 2011.

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Amii LeGendre is on faculty at Bard College, where she teaches dance technique and choreography. She received her B.A. from Connecticut College and her M.F.A. from University of Wisconsin. She is the artistic director of LeGendre Performance Group, which she found in 1994, and has performed her work throughout United States and in Canada, Ecuador, Peru, Hong Kong. She served as faculty at Cornish College of the Arts from 1998–2005, and has been a guest artist as part of the Bard Prison Initiative. She has received residencies from SUNY New Paltz, Connecticut College, Vassar College, Wesleyan University, Purdue University, Texas Woman’s University. Her research focuses on site-specific performance, contact and performed improvisation, and performance and activism.