Saturday, February 26, 2011

Spring Workshop Series for adults this March!

Adults let's get Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge, Co. Kildare!

Did you dance as a child? Always wanted to be on stage? Want to keep fit? 
Then come join us! Learn contemporary dance technique, methods to develop choreography and re-ignite your creativity all in a relaxed and social environment. 

Throughout the series you'll gain physical fitness, flexibility, strength, balance, and co-ordination. All levels welcome and no experience necessary, all exercises can be adapted to suit your physical ability.   

Bring your creativity and a desire to move! 

When:  Wed 9th March / Wed 16th March / Wed 23rd March / Wed 30th March
Where:  Riverbank Arts Centre Main Street, Newbridge, Co. Kildare
For Whom:  Adults over 18
Time:  7pm to 9pm
Cost:   €15 per class (Series of 4 classes only €40)
Suggested Attire:  Comfortable loose fitted clothing

or ring the Box Office on 045 448327

For further information or queries on the series contact
Note:  On street parking available

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

ROCKIN' your OM - Next NYC performance March 6th!

To all you New Yorkers, this is your chance to get rocked by Rachel's newest piece!   
If you missed us at Webster Hall in November, Rock Om is back, this time performed as part of SITE Fest 2011, a featured event of Armory Arts Week.

Choreography: Rachel Wynne & expandance
Performance: Clare Cook, Hunt Parr, Erica Frankel, Megan Kennedy, Krista Racho-Jansen.
When:  Sunday, March 6 · 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Where:  Bushwick Starr
              207 Starr Street
              Brooklyn, NY
(A bit far for us Irish residents, but we hope to feel the ROCK from across the pond!)
L train to Jefferson St
Tickets at the door, $5 suggested donation
Late-comers will not be admitted.

SITE Fest is a 2 day arts festival in Bushwick. For info on the other performances, installations, and exhibits during SITE Fest, follow them on Twitter or check the website.

Twit twit twit! @artsinbushwick @expandance #sitefest11
Check it out!
- Alicia

Friday, February 4, 2011

In Retrospect...NACHMO 2011

Every day in January I choreographed new material as the expandance member taking part in the New York initiative NACHMO! this year.  
January was a busy month overall.  The commitment to 31 days of creating new material was a huge undertaking for me on top of my general work load of daily practice (meditation and improvisation), teaching, completing proposals and applications, planning new programmes for our community dance initiatives, and general administration.  The biggest challenge of the month was not finding studio space or organizing rehearsal schedules for other dancers, but was just having the energy to get creative and moving.  But, I’m proud to say I DID IT!  Most days I was able to work in our Wicklow studios and other days I choreographed where I could; in the shower, on our front porch, or with my son while he ate his lunch choreographing a ‘finger’ dance, which was just that, my fingers dancing while my body sat calm and still beside my son.  
At the start of the month I had posed certain questions for myself:
  • How do I feel when movement phrases change from set choreography to improvisation;  when I move from ‘knowing’ to ‘not knowing’ ?
  • Can an audience member distinguish between when a dancer is dancing set choreography or improvisation?
  • How do the dynamics, timing, and spacing of the movement series change when I’m dancing set choreography as a posed to improvisation?
NACHMO!  presented an opportunity, a gift in the new year, a little nudge up the stairs into the studio. As I look back on the month, I realise I’ve only just begun this research and that these are ongoing questions for me as a dancer and for us as a company.  Throughout 2011 I hope to research these questions more.  Below is a short clip of set choreography and improvisation developed over the course of the month.  
- Alicia