Adult Class: Sudden Shifts :: Movement Training for the Resistance w/Katherine Ferrier

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Adult Class: Sudden Shifts :: Movement Training for the Resistance w/Katherine Ferrier

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Compositional Improvisation offers us profound tools for creating community, practicing radical communication and experiencing ourselves as powerful agents of change. By cultivating an ongoing practice of paying attention, we hone the skills needed to co-inhabit the performative, daily, literal and figurative spaces we create together, and transform them into situations in which all voices are recognized. This workshop is rigorous practice in embodied vigilance, and begins with solo investigations grounded in turning one’s attention to the inner sensory and imaginal landscape, before growing into deep research of whole-group awareness and collaborative composing. Movement exercises act as open doorways into fresh perceptions and unusual movement choices. Solo research supports our ability to make conscious choices in relationship to other and the environment, and provides the foundation for the poetic refinement of one’s own compositional point of-view. This work prepares us to be able to act powerfully and suddenly as a group, creating spontaneous yet cohesive actions and forms. Together we create and embody a true, vibrant and living democracy as we commit to meeting the moment both mindfully and collaboratively.

No previous dance training is necessary, just a willingness to move into the unknown with courage, curiosity and compassion.




Katherine Ferrier is a visionary poet, designer, director, dance-maker, educator, entrepreneur, visual artist, curator and community organizer, who has been immersed in making since the late 80s. She was recently named the 2016 NH Arts Advocate of the Year by NH Citizens for the Arts. A chronic instigator of collaborative and community actions, she creates generative situations for makers and thinkers to gather and share research. She earned her B.A. in Dance and Women’s Studies from Middlebury College, and M.F.A. in Dance and Performance from Sarah Lawrence College.  A co-founder of The Architects, an improvisational quartet with a collaborative performance history spanning over 25 years, she regularly teaches and performs throughout the US and abroad. She is the founding Director of Cultivate, a festival designed to enliven community through contemporary dance and art in Northern NH.  She splits her time between the tiny town of Bethlehem, NH and Portland, Maine. Collaboration is a cornerstone of her work, and she thrives on the exciting alchemy of working with a variety of artists. Recent collaborators include: The Architects, WanderWORD (Jason Tors, Susan Brennan, and Ed Zeizel) Maya Stein and Amy Tingle, Haiku Analog (Kathy Couch, Vicki Brown) George Manupelli, Miguel Gutierrez, Marcus Godwyn (England/Russia), Sini Haapalinna (Finland), Cinzia Fiaschi (Italy) and Nina Gasteva/Iguan Dance Theatre (Russia).  You can see more of her work, and find links to her writing at katherineferrier.net.

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