Emily Gan

KELLY KEENAN (MTL) — Feeling Dancing

Sept. 23 to 27, 2019 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
$90 full week / $20 drop-ins (unless full)
Open to professional dancers / Bilingual teacher
Capacity: 25 people, priority for full week attendance

The word metaphor refers to understanding one thing in terms of another. This broad definition includes models and maps, which when used to understand the body, make a certain order from chaos.  When we think, sense, move and dance-with different models we can feel the emergent particularities. While not limited to, Feeling Dancing will source an array of models proposed by different somanauts, including Thomas W. Myers Anatomy Trains, Gil Hedley’s Fuzz, Philip Beach’s Contractile Fields, Steve Paxton’s Material for the Spine and the Axis Syllabus Community, to launch into dancing. In all of this inquiry, my personal mantra has maintained to be “Remember we are dancing!”  What if we disrupt the ordering authority by layering different models? Or erratically switching maps? Can we purposefully and playfully deconstruct the order to return to a dance of chaos? We will explore together such questions and I will also share some of the ways that I have danced with such questions with repeated loops, short phrases, partnering work and improvisational scores.

Kelly Keenan is a Montreal-based dance artist and teacher. Her fascination of the perceptive capacity of the body is reflected in both her teaching and artistic work. As a teacher her workshops are foremost concerned with the felt experience of dance with strong influences from somatics and manual therapy  including the Axis Syllabus, Anatomy Trains, Feldenkrais, Material for the Spine among others. Kelly teaches regularly for pre-professional (Concordia & UQAM) and professional dance institutions offering continued training for professional dancers including Studio 303, le Regroupement Québécois de la Danse, L’Artère (QC), The Toronto Love-In as well as abroad and grass-root DIY workshops.  As a performer Kelly has collaborated most recently in works by kg Guttman, Katie Ward and Adam Kinner. Her choreography addresses the contradiction that dance, as a kinaesthetic practice, is generally performed for the spectator and accessed through the visual sense by creating dances that you “feel” rather than “see”. Kelly is currently pursuing an MA in Concordia’s Individualized program at the hinge of dance studies, art education and sensory anthropology.



All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. To reserve your spot, payment is required 2 weeks before the start of the workshop.

Payments – check, cash, credit card (3% fee) or by Interac transfer (write to info@studio303.ca for procedures)

Who can benefit from the subsidized rate by Emploi-Québec?
– Artists or cultural professionals, Canadian citizens (or permanent residents) living in Montreal
– Employment Insurance or social assistance recipients are welcome (please notify your agent at Service Canada or MTESS)
– Part-time students

 Who has to pay the full rate?
– Foreigners or people residing outside Montreal
– Full-time students

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.