Friday CLASS in November

It’s November! Where has the time gone? I know that I’ve shared this with some before, but this fall has felt particularly speedy. There is often a sense of fullness to my falls, but this one takes the cake: I feel as if I went from slower summer days to breakneck speed in absolutely no time. And now that we’ve officially fallen back an hour, and heading into a number of different traditions and holidays, I am hoping for a return to more space and time.

In thinking about space and time, I am truly excited for our lineup in Friday CLASS this November. Each of these artists works with these elements differently and dynamically, and I am so thankful for these opportunities to move and make with such incredible people. Leading us into the month is Cat Maguire, who calls Charlottesville home, but whose work in the areas of Laban and improvisation and rigorous technical dancing have led her up and down the eastern seaboard. It’s not uncommon to see Cat in various DC-dancing scenes, and we are thrilled to host her here at Dance Exchange! On her heels comes Annie Kloppenberg, hailing from Portland, Maine, and rooted very much in my heart. Annie and I met first at Bates Dance Festival, and I’ve been fortunate enough to work with her on numerous occassions, most recently for 3 weeks while in residence at Colby College, where she directs the dance program. Annie’s work lives in between rigorous dancing and theatrical storyness, improvisation and set material, and is very much driven by inquiry. Rounding out our month before a week away is our very own Meghan Abadoo. Many in this community know her; many in other dancing communities know her. Meghan has made a home for herself at Dance Exchange, Urban Bush Women, and David Dorfman Dance at various point in her career, and is now back at Dance Exchange much more often these days: I couldn’t be happier. Even this week, with both of us on a residency in Dallas, I’m moved by the making she has done, excited and driven by the questions and reflections she poses, and thankful for the ways in which she holds the space and those in it.

It’s a sure bet that this month will be one full of dancing and thinking, building off our last month in many ways, for our Friday CLASS series. Also, Mark H. Rooney will be collaborating with a few of these artists, and we will see the return of David Schulman for one week only! Join us, Fridays from 9:30 to 11:15. Class is $12, or $10 with a class card. 18+

Friday CLASS w/ Cat Maguire: November 6 + live music w/ Mark H. Rooney

Cat Maguire

Catherine (Cat) Maguire is a movement educator, dance artist, Certified Movement Analyst, and Registered Somatic Movement Educator, teaching in the Charlottesville area and at the University of Maryland and internationally for the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS).  After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University with honors in dance and psychology, Maguire earned a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) degree with LIMS in New York City. For the next eight years, she was the artistic director of Offspring Dance Company in New York City and the founder and head of the dance program at Drew University in Madison, NJ. While executive director of Piedmont Council of the Arts in Charlottesville, Maguire continued to teach, choreograph and perform throughout Central Virginia and internationally. From 2003 to 2010, Maguire was assistant professor of dance at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC), where she was an integral part of the development and implementation of the associate’s degree in dance, the only one of its kind in the Virginia Community College System. Currently Maguire teaches group classes and individual sessions designed to foster self expression, body connectivity and transformation through movement.

Class Description: Maguire’s class focuses on finding access to the mover’s full range of expression and fostering an articulate, dynamic, and moving body. Strongly rooted in the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System, Maguire incorporates Bartenieff Fundamentals Principles and The Basic Six as a way to encourage the mover to increase their ability to find an ongoing, supportive relationship between body organization and their movement intention. The class focuses on fundamental body connections as a way of increasing range of motion, choice and refining movement. The embodiment of the Space Harmony aspect of the LBMS work is also a part of Maguire’s approach not only to movement in the environment, but a sense of the mover’s internal space and inner movement. The class is designed to foster self-expression, body connectivity and transformation through movement.

Friday CLASS w/ Annie Kloppenberg: November 13 + live music w/ Mark H. Rooney & David Schulman

Annie Kloppenberg's "Bigger, Faster, Better," featuring Kendra Portier and herself.

Annie Kloppenberg’scurrent creative and theoretical research hinges on improvisation. She has presented scholarly papers examining spontaneity in the choreographic process and her article “Improvisation in Process: Post-Control Choreography” can be found in the August 2010 issue of Dance Chronicle. Annie teaches and performs nationally as a member of the improvisational company, Like You Mean It and directs Annie Klopenberg & Company, now based in Boston. Other current projects include a collaboration with Headlong Dance Theater in Philadelphia and a new work with Kendra Portier. Recent choreographic commissions and residencies include Boston Center for the Arts, Dance Theater Workshop (NYC), Dublin Arts Council and OhioDance (OH). Kloppenberg’s choreography has been presented at Movement Research at the Judson Church (NYC), Dance Space Center (now DNA, NYC), and Jennifer Muller/the Works(NYC), The Boston Center for the Arts, Green Street Studios, CMAC, and throughout New England. Annie has worked with the Bebe Miller Company, Sara Pearson & Patrik Widrig, Shani Collins, Rebecca Rice, Cathy Young, Heidi Henderson, Karl Rogers, Meghan Sprenger/MVWorks, Annie Bessera/Striding Lion, Ashley Thorndike, and Katherine Ferrier. Annie has worked in arts administration at the Wexner Center for the Arts, New York City Center, Dance Theater Workshop, and now serves on the board of Green Street Studios. Annie is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Colby College, holds an MFA from The Ohio State University and a BA from Middlebury College.

Class Description: Class will focus on developing articulate, dynamic, available, and expressive bodies in a dialogue between rigorous technical practice and targeted improvisational exercises. Movement phrases play with control, abandon, and their intersection, emphasizing principles of weight, efficiency, specificity, and torque to illuminate the patterning of movement rather than the action of it alone. Movement sequences are designed to facilitate inquiry into how one might create the physical conditions, which allow the body to perform as its most expressive, most dynamic instrument. We will explore virtuosity and subtle performance textures, increasing dynamic range and depth, valuing individuality in all movement. We work towards greater adaptability of our physical instruments. The simple version: we move big, sweat a lot, and have a great time!

Friday CLASS w/ Meghan Abadoo: November 20

Meghan Abadoo. Photo by Paul Smith.

Meghan Abadoo is a dancer and teacher based in the arts district neighborhood of Mount Rainier, MD, currently performing as company member with Taurus Broadhurst Dance and select projects with Gesel Mason Projects. Her performance credits also include company member and adjunct artist with David Dorfman Dance and Dance Exchange (formerly Liz Lerman Dance Exchange), where she is currently an adjunct artist and contributor to community engagement art-making events. She was also a member of Brooklyn-based Urban Bush Women during their Dance Motion tour of South America in 2010, sponsored by the U.S. State Department in collaboration with the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Her love of movement is supplemented by collaborative projects with artists from a wide range of creative fields and experimenting with how to design equitable spaces that broach sensitive topics and foster wide-eyed interdependence. Meghan has a BFA from the University of the Arts in Modern Dance/Ghanaian Traditional Dances and a minor in Strategic Advertising, and is currently in the MFA in Dance program at the University of Maryland-College Park.

Class Description: Coming soon!

About Matthew Cumbie

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