TUESDAY 5:45 P.M. – 7:15 P.M.

Spring: April 16 to June 18, 2019 (9 classes)
$15 drop in (cash only) or $60 for a 5-class card or $100 for the full session (cash, check or transfer)
All levels and backgrounds in dancing and writing are welcome.
Bilingual teacher. Students are invited to write in any language.

CONTENT // In this class we will move and write, to explore possible relations between dance and language. We will look at how language can shape a dance, and how a dance can inspire writing. The class proposes that dance and language are both ways to live and cause transformation, to shape shift. We will look at improvisational techniques and compositional techniques in dancing, and at poetry writing and abstract storytelling through language. Sometimes we will write with pen and paper, sometimes we will move while we speak, and sometimes we will just shut up and dance. I will share various dance scores that inspire imagination, and encourage us to balance abstract ideas with the concreteness of the moving body. We will work on translation from words to movement and movement to words, enjoying poetic resonances, and faking it until we make it. The aim is to have fun, to sweat, access physical creativity, and to take a break from your own brain by practicing creative thought.

BIO // Lara Oundjian is a Canadian dancer and choreographer based in Montreal, Quebec. She is the recipient of a self-directed education in dance, choreography and performance studies. She also holds a bachelors degree in Cultural Studies from McGill University. She presented solo performances , “thing you blow into at parties,” at the Words & [ ] Festival at the Darling Foundry, and “wear and tear” at the Phenomena festival (Theatre La Chapelle). She was an artist in residency at Studio 303 in Summer 2018. She recently returned from Stockholm where she was studying at DOCH, School of Dance and Circus.

Image: Justin de Luna, Lena Demnati, Kate Ramsden and Lara Oundjian in residency at Studio 303 in August 2018, picture by Ornella Calisti

Evening classes are open to all levels, and it’s always possible to drop-in without registering in advance.

Registration is on site directly with the teachers, please contact them if you need additional information.

Come try the classes! Free classes at the beginning of the sessions:
Saturday, September 8, 2018 / Saturday, January 5, 2019 / Saturday, April 13, 2019