Photo © Renee Bevan 2014
Jessica Gaynor Dance Repertory Workshop at Peridance, August 24-28, 2:30-4pm.
Students will experience a full-bodied warm-up that includes improvisation and structured exercises led by Jessica Gaynor and company members. The class aims to push dancers, challenging them both physically and mentally, but within a very supportive environment, open to investigation, creativity and sharing of ideas. Class continues with an exploration of Gaynor's repertory which includes a vigorous, high-energy dance phrase. The movement is bold, athletic and challenging, with lots of weight shifts and quick direction/level changes. Students will be asked to manipulate movement, finding ways to fit together and fall apart, establishing what is awkward, fluid and interesting, thus resulting in a richer movement conversation that incorporates the dancers voices and innate movement sensibilities.
Students are encouraged to participate in the whole week, but drop-ins are welcome!
We are looking for new dancers for our Spring Season.
The most prominent characteristic of Gaynor's work is an intense physicality: straight lines, flying leaps, powerful unisons, and lots and lots of running.. I am impressed not only with the tightly knit and well-rehearsed unisons, but also with each dancer's unique interpretation of Gaynor's movement.. Hero is a well-constructed dance filled with virtuosity and visual pleasure.
-The Dance Enthusiast
"Hero.. was a revelation of how the situations created for the piece were risk-laden and thus heroic.