Workshop Details KAROLE ARMITAGE/ARMITAGE GONE! DANCE Workshop with Cristian Laverde

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KAROLE ARMITAGE/ARMITAGE GONE! DANCE Workshop with Cristian Laverde KAROLE ARMITAGE/ARMITAGE GONE! DANCE Workshop with Cristian Laverde
Cristian Laverde-Koenig Jul 20, 2019 - Jul 21, 2019; Sat, Sun

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

ARMITAGE GONE! DANCE



Over the past 30 years, Karole Armitage and her dancers have shaped the evolution of contemporary dance through the creation and performance of new works. The most recent incarnation of the company, Armitage Gone! Dance, was launched in 2004 when Karole Armitage returned to the U.S. after 15 years of working abroad. Dedicated to redefining the boundaries and perception of contemporary dance, the company extends the mandate of innovation that characterizes both her earlier Armitage Ballet, founded in 1985, and her first full time company, Armitage Gone!, founded in 1979. Having worked as a choreographer for Cirque du Soleil, Madonna, Michael Jackson, and on Broadway, Armitage’s interests are wide ranging, mixing the popular with the esoteric and the traditions of ballet and modern dance. AG!D is known for its collaborations with innovators in music, science, and the visual arts. The company regularly performs to live music and has commissioned numerous scores since its 2004 debut. Known for their free spirited panache, the company members of Armitage Gone! Dancers bring unique flavors and strong personality to the stage. AG!D has created works on a wide range of subjects from African aesthetics to commedia dell’arte, as well as fashion and popular dance forms with a strong commitment to work inspired by science. The core of the company work centers on a series of dance ‘dreamscapes’ that take the viewer on a poetic journey to evoke mysterious landscapes of reverie, dream and altered consciousness.

Workshop Description



Students will learn excerpts from Rave, choreographed by Armitage in 2003. At the time she was exploring the “international grammar of the body” based on the idea that the technology of the body itself insures that every form of dance - from Kung Fu to Hiphop or ballet - uses the same means to create a dance vocabulary. Her concept was to fluidly pass from one type of dance to another when a shared use of weight, muscle, joint and rhythm make for a natural change of form. This is the opposite of sampling where one form is contrasted and set beside another. In the six movements of Rave many forms become entwined: Ballet, Voguing, several forms of martial arts, catwalk and contemporary dance. They flow seamlessly together to create an exhilarating celebration of a multi-cultural, hierarchy- less vision of social and political values in dance. The workshop will be taught by longtime Armitage Gone! Dance company member, Cristian Laverde-Koenig and will focus primarily on ballet, voguing, and contemporary movement vocabularies.

Workshop Fees
Full 2-Day Workshop: $44.00
Drop-In: $24.00

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