Control Group Summer Intensive
Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays June 17 – 28
10am-1pm + 10 hours of open studio time
Cost: $150 / $120 online early-bird (before June 1)
Partial scholarships available for movement professionals
Dive into Control Group’s process and aesthetics in a two week intensive combining movement technique and dance-theatre composition. Explore a unique choreographic process, hone technical and performance skills, and present a work in progress at work|space at the end of the intensive.
Open to students and professionals, the workshop takes us inside Control Group’s core process. From a broadly based physical preparation aimed at clarity and versatility, we take on individual tasks and assignments that engage a wide spectrum of performance practices and approaches (multiple movement styles, voice and character, visual design and spatial interaction). Individual feedback sessions challenge participants to capitalize on the unique strengths in their work, and collaborative structures between students allows us to examine how meaning forms and mutates through context and sequence. The intensive culminates with an informal work-in-progress showing on Friday afternoon.
TECHNIQUE: Our company class approaches dance technique functionally, focusing on cleaning fundamental coordinations and attaining movement facility and ease through exercises that balance control and propulsion with release and momentum. Anatomy and energetics underpin the practice from a gentle, introspective preparation through challenging phrase-work demanding fierce athleticism and refined artistry.
COMPOSITION: Control Group takes an open intermedia approach to creating work. Each process develops a unique vocabulary and aesthetic, driven by the concept and by the individual voices involved. Action, image, object, and environment become malleable elements in a methodical process of generating and arranging materials into meaning.
Over two weeks we will dive into this process, with individual assignments and guidance, group sharing and feedback, and open lab time in the theater. Our goal is that each participant ends the intensive with a work-in-progress that they can share as the pre-show to the main event at work|space that weekend.
SHOWING: Details forthcoming, but we're planning on an early-evening showing in the theater on Friday June 28 - informal, but with basic lighting and sound tech. The showing will be followed by the weekend's main event, a dance work by CU grad Nathan Blackwell.
WHO SHOULD COME: The intensive is designed for dance and theater students and professionals. Some movement background is important, but the technique class is designed to be multi-level accessible, and provides training that supports many different pursuits in the performing arts.