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The Sessions: VIM VIGOR The Sessions: VIM VIGOR
The Sessions Jul 18, 2017 - Jul 21, 2017; Tue - Fri

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Dig into a special week of class with VIM VIGOR's Artistic Director, Shannon Gillen


VIM VIGOR is a contemporary dance-theater company dedicated to creating and performing original works by Shannon Gillen, elevating and nurturing the professional lives of young dance artists, and to cultivating public interest in the dance-theater art form by finding innovative ways to combine heroic physicality, electric emotional life and cinematic imagery.

Named among New York’s top 20 artists by Brooklyn Magazine, Shannon Gillen is championed for her “emotionally compelling” work which “transcends the things it references and achieves a sort of Platonic ideal of intelligent and elevated movement.” During an extensive career as a dancer and choreographer in NYC and Europe, Gillen was a member of the Johannes Wieland Company based at Staatstheater Kassel in Germany; won commissions from Mainfranken Theater Würzburg and the TIF Theater in Kassel; and has presented her work at New York Live Arts, Judson Church, Art Basel Miami Beach, New York City’s River to River Festival, The Joyce Theater, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, amongst others. For more information on Shannon and VIM VIGOR DANCE COMPANY, please go to

About the Artists

Martin Durov, teacher, performer was born in the small town Velky Kritis, Slovakia. He was a soloist with the Slovak Folklore group where he eventually before studying dance at the Conservatory J.L Bella Banska Bystricia (Slovakia). In school he was a member of the dance company directed by Tomas Nepsinsky that toured pieces to festivals in Slovakia, Belgium and Spain. As a student he also collaborated with Studio Tanca, the professional dance company in Banska Bystricia. In 2013, Martin graduated with a DiS. art. (certified artist) and went on join Johannes Wieland’s company in Staatstheater Kassel for two years. In that time he had the experience of collaborating with many dancers, teachers, and creating pieces by Helge Letonja and re-staging Hofesh Shechter’s DOG with the help of rehearsal director Sita Ostheimer. Martin is a co-rehearsal director and an intrinsic choreographic collaborator of VIM VIGOR DANCE COMPANY. He is also a comissioned sound producer creating under pen name, S.O.M production.

Laja Field, Salt Lake City, UT native, graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in Dance from the University of Utah in 2012. She performed pieces by Eric Handman, Satu Hummasti, Abby Fiat, Juan Carlos Claudio, guest artist Johannes Wieland and Kendra Portier, among others. Upon graduation, Laja relocated to Germany to work with Johannes Wieland at the Staatstheater Kassel, where she also had the opportunity to work with guest artist Chris Haring in the piece “Lego Love” which was performed again that summer at ImpulsTanz in Vienna. In 2013, Laja became a full-time company member with Johannes Wieland and relished in the making and performing of pieces such as “Ich Bin Du”, “100,000 Superstars” and “Science!Fiction!Now!”. Highlights of those years also include working with guest choreographer Stella Zannou and re-staging Hofesh Schechter’s “DOG” under the direction of Sita Ostheimer. Laja is a co-rehearsal director and an intrinsic choreographic collaborator of VIM VIGOR DANCE COMPANY.

Class Description

Class is a physical and emotional rendering of form. Activating both athlete and artist, we will begin by generating heat throughout the body via tactile engagement of the skin, lush body- weight conditioning, and grounding exercises that draw forth the body's natural liquid state. We will continue with floorwork sequences that explore the body's natural stealth and sequential spine- focused exercises that reference gyrotonic principles of stabilization through contrasting directional forces, curvilinear motion and breath. This training is simultaneously coupled with improvisational and awareness propositions that aim to awaken the senses and their direct relationship with the moving body. Emphasizing strength and stamina while supporting healthy alignment, the class builds into long and complex phrase work drawn from VIM VIGOR's latest research, affording dancers the opportunity to dig deep into the resources of the body while traversing surprising and challenging landscapes of size, direction, tone and texture. Sweat, surprise and full- bodied ardor await.

Workshop Fees
Single Class: $25.00

Full Workshop: $80.00


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