Summer Intensive Professional ProjectJune 20th - July 1st, 2011
New York City Center
Study and practice in the heart of the world’s dance capital, New York City, with Armitage Gone! Dance.
• Ballet • Modern • Armitage Gone! Dance Repertoire
Classes are Monday - Friday
• 10:00 -11:30 Technique Class
• 11:45 - 2:15 Repertoire Class
• 2:15 - 3:00 Lunch Discussion Session
Students need to be well-trained in ballet and modern/contemporary dance. (This is not a beginner’s workshop.) The workshop is designed for students who are interested and committed to expanding and exploring a wide range of movement ideas as well as artistic, creative and intellectual concepts and who are poised to move into a company but need experience negotiating the world between the student process and company pressures.
Resumes and dance footage are required as part of the application process in online or DVD format.
Technique classes will alternate between ballet and modern dance.
Students will learn sections of Ligeti Essays, Three Theories and other repertoire focusing on the musicality, partnering, and extreme dynamics of those works. Students also will learn Armitage composition techniques including “cubism in motion,” “action/reaction,” “tracing” and the use of Japanese calligraphy for movement vocabulary. Pointe is not required though some of the work is on pointe.
Both classes will be taught by Rehearsal Director Christina Johnson and all eleven company members of Armitage Gone! Dance. Student to teacher ratio will be no greater than 5-1. During the workshop, Karole Armitage will explain concepts and supervise the students’ progress.
The final day of the workshop will culminate in a presentation by the students and Armitage Gone! Dance.
To apply, send your registration form, resume and video footage (via email or DVD) to Armitage Gone! Dance.
(limited space- students accepted on a first come basis following review of resume and dance footage)
Open to participants age 18 and up.
• $300 Week 1 - June 20th - June 24th
• $300 Week 2 - June 27th - July 1st
• $525 Entire Workshop - June 20th - July 1st
Application materials can be submitted
via mail to: Armitage Gone! Dance, 139 Fulton Street, Suite 317 New York, NY 10038
KAROLE ARMITAGE, Artistic Director, was rigorously trained in classical ballet and began her professional career in 1973 as a member of the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Switzerland, a company devoted exclusively to the repertory of George Balanchine. In 1976, she was invited to join Merce Cunningham’s company where she remained for five years, performing leading roles in Cunningham’s landmark works. Through her unique and acute knowledge of the aesthetic values of Balanchine and Cunningham, Armitage has created her own “voice” in the dichotomy of classical and modern and is seen is by some critics as the true choreographic heir to the two masters of twentieth-century American dance. Armitage is inspired by disparate, non-narrative sources, from twentieth-century physics, to sixteenth-century Florentine fashion, to pop culture and new media. In her hands, the classical dance vocabulary is given a needed shock to its system with speed and fractured lines, abstractions, and symmetry countermanded by asymmetry.
CHRISTINA JOHNSON, Rehearsal Director, began her professional career at age 17. She was a member of the Boston Ballet before joining the Dance Theatre of Harlem where in her 13-year tenure she became a principal dancer. She was a founding member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, as well as a member of the Swiss companies, the Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve and Ballett Basel. She has worked with distinguished choreographers and coaches such as Frederic Franklin, Suzanne Farrell, Jerome Robbins, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Dwight Rhoden, to name a few. Her diverse repertoire includes classical and contemporary ballet, as well as modern dance. After a 25-year performing career Christina uses her wide range of experience and knowledge to teach and coach dancers worldwide. She weaves together the discipline and focus of a solid classical ballet training with the expansive and vast movement vocabulary of contemporary and modern dance.
Extraordinary 5 to 1 student/teacher ratio!