Get your Friday CLASS fix this February

Moving into the month of February, there is a lot to love! This week and next, we will go Gaga with one of our Local Artists in Residence, Maree ReMalia! Then we toss the facilitation to some Dance Exchange movers and makers, Matthew Cumbie and Amanda Newman! Be sure to check out these artists when you can: Fridays, 9:30 to 11:15. $12 (or $10 with a class card). 18+

Maree ReMalia. Photo by Garret Jones

Friday CLASS w/ Maree ReMalia: February 6 & 13

Kicking us off this month is Maree ReMalia, and I am so thrilled! Maree is one of our Local Artists in Residence this season, which means during our next HOME event Maree will open up her process and share with us a work-in-progress. Maree comes to us from a rich and interesting background that includes an MFA from the Ohio State, a certification in the Gaga movement language, and a maker who has presented works around the country. Be sure to carve out time to intersect with her process in both of the classes that she is facilitating this month!

Born in South Korea and raised in Medina, OH, Maree ReMalia is now based in Washington, DC. She has worked nationally and internationally as a choreographer, performer, and teacher. merrygogo is her platform for creating project-based performance works with communities of shifting collaborators. Maree has presented choreography in the AFTA Conference, Cleveland Public Theatre Big Box and DanceWorks Series, Daegu International Dance Festival, Gibney Dance DoublePlus Festival, Kelly Strayhorn Theater Hear/Now Series, LightLab Performance Series, Movement Research at the Judson Church, New Hazlett Theater CSA Performance Series, PearlArts Studios Artist-in-Residence Showcase, and the Current Sessions. She has danced in the work of Bebe Miller, Ohad Naharin, and Noa Zuk and currently performs with Staycee Pearl dance project. She earned her MFA at The Ohio State University and studied improvisational practices at Moving on Center (CA). Maree is a certified instructor of the Gaga movement language and practitioner of the Ilan Lev Method.

Class Description: Maree will facilitate a class in the Gaga movement language followed by her guiding of playful improvisational structures and dabbling with snip-its of phrase material from projects in process. Gaga is a training method offering tools for self-awareness through the moving body that provide a framework for discovery, strengthening, increasing flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. For more information on Gaga or improvisational methods from which Maree is drawing:

Friday CLASS w/ Matthew Cumbie: February 20

Matthew Cumbie. Photo by Jesse Scroggins.

Holding it down for one week only is me, Matthew Cumbie! Since the last time I was in this series, last September, I have been through a number of different experiences that I feel have really informed how I approach my pedagogical practice: our ongoing work in Dallas, our Winter Institute, and a number of other things that I’m excited to bring back into the studio. Join me while you can!

Matthew Cumbie is a dance maker, educator, and collaborator based in Washington, DC. His work looks at how our personal stories can shift perspective, unearth history, celebrate the individual and the shared, re-imagine our future, and create collective wisdom. He has been commissioned by Texas State University and Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, and has shown work in places ranging from the non-traditional, like in cars and online symposiums, to the more theatrical, like at Harvard University and major theaters. His interest in collaborative processes has led him to work with artists Keith Thompson, Sarah Gamblin, jhon stronks, Paloma McGregor, Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser, among others, and to co-found Big Rig Dance Collective. With Dance Exchange, Matthew collaborates in and out of the studio with a range of artists, activists, community members, environmentalists, and others committed to creative research and embodied scholarship. He holds an MFA in dance from Texas Woman’s University and is a Resident Artist and the Education Coordinator for Dance Exchange.

Class Description: I am interested in the ways in which we define ‘technique,’ particularly as it relates to ideas of freedom and democracy and how that can be the groundwork for continued investigation beyond the studio. What role does choice making play in this kind of setting? How can I be a free agent, while also being responsible and responsive to the collective? Can we organize around one idea collaboratively, or around multiple ideas, and if so what kind of structure is needed to support that? With these questions in mind, we will cultivate our capacities to orient our attentions to the expansive and the nuanced, ground our moving/thinking bodies through improvised and predetermined modalities, and support each other to move through our perceived barriers. I am the “teacher,” and so are you. We will learn from each other, and from ourselves. This class will be rigorous, but only in the ways that you want it to be.

Friday CLASS w/ Amanda Newman: February 27 + live music w/ David Schulman
Rounding out our month will be DX’s newest Resident Artist Amanda Newman! Amanda is a tremendous force, and has been leading the charge in the work the company has been doing along New Hampshire Avenue. Additionally, she has been facilitating a number of classes through our Takoma Park MOVES series, and is the visionary behind our Teen Exchange program. This Friday will be her debut in the Friday CLASS series, and we are so excited! Join us and Amanda for this one week to celebrate February and DX, and get your grooves on to some delightful sounds from David Schulman!

Photo by Nathan Sweet Photography

Amanda Newmanis a dancer, creator, and collaborator from Salt Lake City, Utah, and a Resident Artist and the Communications Coordinator for Dance Exchange. She has performed in work by Juan Carlos Claudio, I-Fen Lin, Pamela Geber Handman, Ellen Bromberg, Stephen Koester, and Carl Fink as well as staging her own work both in and out of the theater. Amanda assisted in the creation and production of community-engaged projects and site-specific choreographic works by Pamela Geber Handman, Ellen Bromberg, and Sofia Gorder of inFluxdance. These experiences catalyzed Amanda’s own interests in community-engaged arts practices which broaden our circles of inclusion, hold our individual and collective histories, and allow space for complex, critical conversations. She also co-founded and directed Connect2Health, a volunteer organization which utilizes student volunteers to bridge the gap between underserved patients and the community resources they need to lead healthier lives. Amanda holds a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah.

Class Description: Coming soon!

About Matthew Cumbie

Matthew Cumbie (Associate Artistic Director) is a dance artist and collaborator who currently lives in Washington, DC.