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The Dancer Persona: Performance Skills with LEVYdance
August 12 - 14
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ODC Summer Contemporary Workshop series
Immerse, invigorate, Investigate

The Dancer Persona:  Performance Skills with LEVYdance
August 12-14, 2012, 12:30pm-5:35pm

Tuition $250. To register, contact the ODC Dance Commons front desk at 415-863-9830 x100.

We dance because it's our passion, because it provides us a way to fully express ourselves- to feel superhuman. But sometimes expectation, past experience, and perceived limits keep us from performing as openly and clearly as we can.

This workshop provides a rigorous setting to explore your movement patterns and how to expand beyond them, how you can fill the stage and studio with your presence, and how to train your body to clearly communicate an authentic experience. The end goal is an increase in your body's capacity to clearly articulate physicality and emotion in space, a new sense of  freedom in performance, and a deepened fulfillment in your art practice.

Benjamin Levy is a choreographer, dancer, and director based in San Francisco who is recognized for his interdisciplinary works that explore the nuance and drama of human intimacy. After earning his BA in Dance and Marketing from UC Berkeley and performing with Joe Goode Performance Group, Levy founded LEVYdance in 2002. LEVYdance very quickly became known for its innovative works and collaborations. In 2004 Levy was named one of the “Top 25 Choreographers to Watch” by Dance Magazine and awarded a San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement. Levy has also been awarded a Choreographic Fellowship from the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, an Emerging Choreographer Award from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, and creative residencies at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, The Silo, and Headlands Center for the Arts. As Artistic Director for LEVYdance, Levy has presented original works at prestigious venues across the nation and internationally, engaged distinguished collaborators, and established a unique recognizable artistic aesthetic for LEVYdance. Levy’s distinct choreographic style has been sought after for commissions and master class directorships nationally and abroad. Levy was recently commissioned to create a new work on Scottish Dance Theatre in Dundee, Scotland. The work, Khaos, featured an original score, an inflatable set, toured throughout Europe, and received enthusiastic press coverage. The Guardian, called Khaos “arrestingly articulate, with fluid and fascinating groupings, unstable encounters and abrupt musical lurches.” In 2011, Levy’s new work, ROMP, was named one of the “Top Ten Dance Moments of 2011” by the San Francisco Chronicle. Currently, Benjamin Levy is in an extended collaboration with the Exploratorium, the nation’s preeminent museum of science, art, and human perception, to create a new interactive exhibit that will premiere at the new Exploratorium’s location on the San Francisco Pier in 2013.


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