Cunningham Technique: Finding the Foundation

This two hour workshop will break down the basic exercises and flow of the typical Cunningham class.  This workshop is intended for dancers who may have never taken a Cunningham class, Cunningham enthusiasts who want to take the time to go back and “find the foundation,” and last but not least, dancers who have thought to themselves “Cunningham isn’t for me.”  🙂 

Starting with a strong sense of spine, the class will move through different back exercises, exploring the torso as a unit and its individual parts. There will be a classical progression of exercises such as plies and tendus that will be comfortable for anyone with a ballet background, then eventually dancers will move through space, playing with directional changes and the way of referencing “front” in terms of the way your individual body is facing, not as a point outside of yourself.  Expect to discover your strength and flexibility both mentally and physically as you explore these ideas in a comfortable and supportive environment, where questions are encouraged and discoveries are celebrated.

 

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About the instructor

Glen Rumsey was in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1993-1999. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and was born and raised in Greensboro, NC. He has taught at the Cunningham Studio, and was an Adjunct Professor at UNCSA from 2012-2013. He dances with COMPANY, under the direction of Justin Tornow, with a lovely group of dancers. 

About This Event

ADF's Samuel H. Scripps Studios, 721 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705

December 3, 2017
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm