Friday CLASS is back at Dance Exchange

Friday CLASS w/ Matthew Cumbie:September 5 & 12 (w/ David Schulman), 19, 26

Matthew and Nicole Touzien perform at The Living Gallery in Brooklyn. Photo by Alexandra Pinel

September is, perhaps, among my favorite months of the year. It is often a time when we feel the hint of change in the seasons. When schools go back to session. And at Dance Exchange, when our classes return and our season kicks off. To add to my excitement, I’m teaching all of this month in our Friday CLASS series! Facilitating within the context of a ‘class’ is a huge part of my personal practice, and a space that I approach with respsect and curiousity. Coming to class, for me, is an agreement to embark upon an adventure together: one that is collaboratively shaped and full of discoveries. An opportunity to exchange ideas and information, and to support each other in our journey. I hope you’ll join me, and David Schulman on the first two Fridays, on these adventures! Classes are drop-in, although I’ll be looking for ways to weave together threads from class to class. Fridays, 9:30-11:15 am. $12 (or $10 with a class card). 18+

Matthew Cumbie is a dance maker, educator, collaborator and a Resident Artist and the Education Coordinator for Dance Exchange. Prior to joining Dance Exchange, he was a company member with Keith Thompson/dancetactics performance group and has performed with Mark Dendy, the Von Howard Project, Sarah Gamblin, jhon stronks, Paloma McGregor, Jill Sigman/thinkdance, and Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser. In 2010 Matthew co-founded Big Rig Dance Collective, a collection of artists in north Texas committed to collaborative making and performing. His own collaborative projects with Amanda Jackson and Nicole Touzien have been shared in Texas, New Mexico, Brooklyn, and at Harvard University. With Dance Exchange he collaborates in and out of the studio with a range of artists, activists, community members, environmentalists, and others committed to creative research to further develop our understanding of our selves, our community, and the world around us. He has been on faculty at Texas Woman’s University, Queensborough Community College, and Northwest Vista Community College, and teaches at festivals and schools across the country. He holds an MFA in dance from Texas Woman’s University.

Class Description: By tracking how we attend to others and the environment around us, and how our own moving body shapes that attention, this class will explore the relationship between orientation and disorientation. We will work towards harnessing our capacity for momentum and pause to take us through full three-dimensional dancing, moving through improvised modalities, set material, and tools from the Dance Exchange toolbox. Reminding ourselves that we each approach disorientation/(re)orientation with different abilities, tools, and levels of comfort, we will explore individually at time and with others at times to expand our range of movement and choice-making.

About Matthew Cumbie

Matthew Cumbie (Resident Artist/Education Coordinator) is a dance artist and collaborator who currently lives in Washington, DC.