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Summer Intensive with Ananya Dance Theatre, Black Label Movement, and Shapiro & Smith Dance

June 20, 2016 @ 9:30 AM - June 24, 2016 @ 1:00 PM

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SYMBIOSIS: Dance that Moves & Thinks
2016 University of Minnesota Summer Dance Intensive, June 20-July 9, 2016.

There are two sections for this Summer Intensive. Section 1 (2 credits) is for University of Minnesota dance majors and will provide 1 performance credit toward their degree. Section 2 is open to anyone 16 years of age and older, no audition required.

The 2016 University of Minnesota Summer Dance Intensive offers a first ever experience for its participants. Three weeks with Twin Cities dance companies Ananya Dance Theatre, Black Label Movement, and Shapiro & Smith Dance and their respective artistic leaders Ananya Chatterjea, Carl Flink and Joanie Smith. Each company will conduct one full week of the residency, with each week tailored to the unique qualities of each organization. Students must attend all three weeks.

Ananya Dance Theatre: June 20-24, Monday-Friday

Want to try flowing from a yogic half-moon balance into flexed feet grounded jumps into footwork marked by asymmetric rhythms? Experience Yorchha™, ADT’s unique contemporary Indian dance technique that brings together movement principles from Odissi, the classical Indian dance technique, Chhau, the East Indian martial art, and Vinyasa yoga. ADT artists will lead participants through a rigorous technique class (9:30am-11am), share the company’s choreographic process that intersects dance with social justice goals, and teach sections from ADT’s repertory (11:15am-1pm). There will be an informal showing on Friday June 24, 1pm.

Black Label Movement: June 27-July 1, Monday-Friday

Come learn and move with BLM Artistic Directors Carl Flink and Emilie Plauche Flink and their ballistic movers during a rigorous daily schedule that will challenge your physical and creative limits. Each day begins with a contemporary movement technique class, followed by a short partnering laboratory and ending with a focused, two-hour repertory rehearsal. Flink will give a presentation on his dynamic collaborations with scientists and creation of TED Talks during BLM’s residency week.

Schedule for the BLM week: 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Contemporary Technique; 10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Partnering Laboratory; 11:15 – 1 p.m. BLM Repertory; June 29 at 1 p.m. BLM Presentation on Bodystorming and Unique Collaborations with Scientists; July 1 at 1 p.m. public repertory showing.

Shapiro & Smith Dance: July 5-9, Tuesday – Saturday

Shapiro & Smith Dance is known for performing tales of beauty and biting wit that run the gamut from searingly provocative to absurdly hilarious. Dancing with breathtaking physicality and emotional depth, Shapiro & Smith Dance has earned an international reputation for virtuosity, substance, craft, and pure abandonment. Classes in contemporary technique and repertory will be led by Laura Selle Virtucio, Scott Mettille, and Joanie Smith. The summer intensive week will re-stage “Hands,” a work that examines the power and beauty of our hands.

Schedule for the SSD week: 9:30am-10:30am Contemporary Technique; 10:30am-1:00pm SSD Repertory; July 9 at 12pm public showing.

Tuition, registration, and housing information: https://theatre.umn.edu/dance/summer; 612.624.5060; umndance@umn.edu.


June 20, 2016 @ 9:30 AM
June 24, 2016 @ 1:00 PM


University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts & Dance


Barbara Barker Dance Center
500 21st Av S
Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States
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