Remy Charlip

Evolution Dances

Postmodern choreographers redefined the dancing body with their belief that any body could dance. Virtuosity and the "right look" were replaced by performances featuring untrained dancers as well as musicians, visual artists, and even props.

There are dancer partners all around us, we just need to open our eyes to really see them.

-Leanne Schmidt

In the workshop, we continued the exploration of community and getting to know each other. Dancers learned about the work of Remy Charlip, particularly the autobiographical dance created with Lucus Hoving. They completed a form, which asked them to identify their own movement habits and preferences, worked to develop autobiographical solos from this text and then shared them with the group.

Deborah Hays philosophy that all things in this world, in their simplest form, are a unit of many cells and in so doing unite humans with animals and nature (called Cellular Consciousness) was discussed. Students explored this concept in a guided improvisation on the motions of evolution. During the process students discovered organic shapes and actions.

Walking in Groups

Judson Dance Theater choreographers were interested in inter-group relationships, almost more than the steps themselves. Yvonne Rainer choreographed the dance We Shall Run in 1963 that consisted of groups of people running in different formations. In the workshops students practiced group awareness as they walked across the room in a line. Keeping their focus forward they needed to attune their senses to the whole group and travel as one unit.