Jan. 26: Pilobolus Master Class at PHCA

PILOBOLUS Dance Theatre Master Class
Tuesday Jan. 26, 12-1:30

As part of their touring performance at DU’s Newman Center for the Performing Arts (http://www.newmancenterpresents.com/), Pilobolus Dance Theatre is offering a FREE MASTER CLASS on Tuesday, January 26, 12:00-1:30pm.  Pilobolus is an internationally renowned pioneer in modern dance and contact improvisation.  The class is open to all levels and will introduce students to principles of improvisation, contact, and the creative process.

Class size is limited to 30 people, so please register in advance by sending an email to patrick@controlgroupproductions.org.  Put “Pilobolus Master Class” in the title and include your name and contact information for us to confirm your spot in the class.  Plan on arriving 10-15 minutes early to sign in and get changed.  See the class description below to prime your appetite!



-Matt Kent, Dance Captain (2000-2003)

While it is impossible to describe exactly what a Pilobolus class will be, I can give you a feeling for what we give.  I think our classes are truly unique.  Here is my basic description.

Contact tells us something about the performers, the choreographers and the audience.  Movement cannot be divided from psychology, or choreography from the creative process.  This class is an opportunity for participants to discover, explore, and research their own movement vocabulary and how movement and emotion relate to others on stage, and through collaboration, improvisation and play, create dance and demystify the creative process.  We will discover how anyone can create dance; anyone who has something to say can do so through the medium of dance.

Partnering principles, improvisational skills, group collaboration, and the psychology of movement are assimilated and grounded in practice and experiential learning.   During the class participants discover the seeds of dance theatre with a focus on non-traditional dance vocabulary, honing and developing the idiosyncrasies of individual physicality.

This is a rare opportunity for dancers to try something new, hone their skills, and enjoy movement, and for non-dancers to shed inhibitions and discover their hidden capabilities.  Although Pilobolus-like techniques and principles will be taught, the workshop is designed to bring anyone at of any skill and experience to the next level while having a lot of fun.

Teacher Biography

ANNIKA SHEAFF, Dancer, born and raised outside Chicago began dancing at The Academy of Movement and Music at age three.  She continued her training at The Chicago Academy for the Arts and The Juilliard School, where she received her BFA in dance performance in 2006.  She has performed works by Jose Limon, Paul Taylor, Ohad Naharin, Ron Brown and Lucas Crandell.  Her choreography has been presented at The Duncan YMCA in Chicago, and the Peter J. Sharp and Clarke Studio Theaters in NY.  She received the Juilliard Interarts Award for her arts education outreach work in NY, FL, and South Africa.  She’s absolutely thrilled to be dancing with Pilobolus. She thanks her family and friends for their endless support; and Luke for his ability to light up her life.

SHEAFF, Annika