Photo credit: Frédéric Chais

IN STUDIO: KELLY KEENAN (MTL) — Feeling Dancing

Sept. 13 to 17, 2021 — 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
$105
Open to artists of all disciplines
Language of instruction: a mix of English and French
Capacity: 13 people — priority for full week attendance

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CONTENT // Valorizing movement practice and cherishing the occasion to share practice with others, these “classic Keenan” classes will use softness and time to train techniques for a responsive body with strategies for safe, sensitive and efficient reception and propulsion with all that it encounters in movement.  Coming from an extensive background in the Axis Syllabus and anatomical discourses, movement principles guide my classes in the hopes of fostering curiosity, play, experimentation, autonomy of practice and pleasure. Participants may expect some somatic explorations, improvisational games, dancing scores, looped co-ordinations and phrases gently escalating in athleticism. It is probable that we will skip and I will surely play some tunes on repeat too many times.

ACCESSIBILITY // In this workshop participants have a lot of discretion apropos the physical intensity and complexity of the work. It is open to practitioners of mixed abilities and training, however, a general comfort getting up and down from the floor is helpful to navigate the material. The workshop offers different modes of practice, some which rely on verbal prompts, some which rely on demonstration, some which ask for memory of short sequences, some which call on improvised movement exploration. Due to Covid-19 there will be no physical contact. Participants are invited to engage in individual practice together. Feeling Dancing may be made accessible to deaf people if an interpreter is present. Those with further questions are invited to contact the instructor by email prior to the workshop.

BIO // Kelly Keenan is Montreal based dance artist and teacher.  She has been teaching pre-professionals and professionals both locally and abroad for 15 years. Kelly’s teaching explores how different anatomical models that shape different practices influence bodily relations and dance practice. Strong influences include the Axis Syllabus, Manual Therapies, Feldenkrais, Material for the Spine (Paxton) among others. As a dancer, Kelly collaborates with several independent choreographers including Erin Hill, Katie Ward, Adam Kinner among others. Kelly is nearing the end of her Masters at Concordia University’s Individualized program braiding together dance studies, art education and sensory anthropology.