Dance Workshop Series: Living Room Practice, pt. 2
A contact-based workshop taught by Hannah Krafcik and Emily Jones
Emily Jones and Hannah Krafcik are artists-in-residence this summer. They are teaching a series of Saturday dance workshops (7/27-8/17) and performing a new work (8/17). Come dance!
Cost: Drop-in $10-20 sliding scale, NOTA
In this workshop series, we will question the way consent and reciprocity are practiced in contact improvisation, acknowledging that we each embody different histories and shifting identities that shape and inform our practices as movers that move together. Considering a continuum of relational tendencies (including dominance, submissiveness, etc.), we will hold space for personal inquiry within shared practice. With attention toward agency and communication, we will work with a compositional lens and play with the intersection of contact improvisation and choreography. The content of this workshop emerges from our ongoing collaboration and discussions about queer and femme contact, as well as our evolving critiques of and participation in the greater contact improvisation community. Participation in this workshop assumes willingness to dance in contact with others.
This residency at Art Klub NOLA supported by funds from the Oregon Arts Commission.
Emily Jones is a dancer, movement educator, and bodyworker based in Portland, Oregon. She studied dance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and has danced professionally in The Bay Area, Portland, and New York. She is deeply influenced as a teacher and mover by the Axis Syllabus.
Hannah Krafcik is a dancer and writer, and works at a montessori school in Portland, OR. Before moving west, she lived in New York City where she became an artist and organizer for Fleet Moves, a site-specific dance festival which took place for five years in Wellfleet, Cape Cod. She holds a Master of Art in Performance Studies from New York University.
Mickey Sanchez is a musician, video game developer, and co-organizer of Pidzn Club.
ABOUT THIS RESIDENCY:
Hannah Krafcik (she/they) and Emily Jones (she/her) are artists with a range of dance practices, including contemporary and improvisational forms as well as site-specific research. They met in 2016 after both moving to Portland, OR, and began a weekly movement practice in Hannah’s living room. Shaped by this early gestation period in close quarters, their performances take place in intimate settings, asking audience members to consider their own physical and psychic distance from the content performed. Hannah and Emily work with an ethics of queer and femme relationality, seeking out context and critical awareness from within their practices. Using improvised scores and contact-based choreography, they create visceral works that are informed by a deep sensitivity to power dynamics.
In 2018, Hannah and Emily were granted residencies at New Expressive Works in Portland, OR and at the Sou’wester Artist Residency Program in Longview, WA to develop their new work, switch. During this residency at Art Klub NOLA, they will debut switch for the first time in an evening-length format on August 17, 2019, complete with a live musical score by Portland-based artist Mickey Sanchez (he/him). Hannah and Emily will also teach four movement workshops informed by their process of creating switch. See Art Klub’s calendar of events for more information.