In terms of both training and performance-making, I’m interested in the overlap between text and movement. What are the kinetic shapes of our conversations? How about the velocity and direction of stream-of-consciousness writing? How might we gain a greater sense of the actions of our words through moving, and vice versa?
We will start with improvised movement scores to warm up our kinesthetic, spatial, and ensemble awareness. Further in to class we will focus on the overlapping territory between text and movement with solo and group explorations.
Bring a pen and some paper and some clothes you can move in. Expect sweet dance jams as well as some discussion. Open to all levels of movers and talkers.
Richard is an Edmonton-based actor, dancer, choreographer, and educator. In addition to a B.F.A. in Acting from the University of Alberta, he has independently trained in contemporary dance across North America and Europe. In Alberta he has performed in works for the Citadel Theatre, Northern Light Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Teatro La Quindicina, Concrete Theatre, The Good Women Dance Collective, Mile Zero Dance, Chromatic Theatre, and Theatre No. 6 to name a few.
His work in contemporary dance has taken him across Canada from Vancouver’s Dancing on the Edge, The Prairie Dance Circuit, Toronto’s CanAsian Dance Kickstart Festival, Montreal’s Festival Quartier Danse to Halifax’s Mocean Dance CLEaR Forum. As an educator, he has guest instructed for MacEwan Theatre Arts, the University of Alberta’s B.F.A. Acting program, the Citadel-Robbins Young Company, and Theatre Alberta’s Artstrek program. His teaching practice is informed by independent study in the Axis Syllabus, contact improvisation, theatre.