Contemporary Improvers with Luke Birch

Spring 2018

Enrolment only, £120 / £114

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Luke teaches a dynamic released-based class which is informed by improvisation and somatic practices. Usually beginning with improvisation/experiential anatomy, he then explores set exercises and sequences to develop bodily organisation and connectivity. As well as technical challenges, a sense of dynamic versatility, a playful questioning and finding both clarity and spontaneity are encouraged.

Artist’s biography:

Luke began his training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and completed his BA (Hons) at Laban in 2008. In 2009 he joined EDge at London Contemporary Dance School. Luke has performed for Charles Linehan Company, Dog Kennel Hill Project, Punchdrunk International and Rosemary Lee where he acted as rehearsal director. He has also participated in a restaging of Yvonne Rainer’s Trio A and worked on visual art projects at Tate Britain and Tate Modern and Haywood Gallery. Luke has a passion for teaching and has taught not only across the UK but also at University of Stavanger, Norway and Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance.  Luke is an associate lecturer at University of Surrey and London Studio Centre.

Class description:

This course is recommended to participants who have completed at least two terms of our Contemporary Introduction course, equivalent to six months of beginner contemporary classes. Adapting principles already established in the Introduction class, you will be given the space to look more in depth at floor-work, travelling, centre practice and coordination. This class will give you the qualities and pace needed to advance to our Level 1 classes. 

Times: 6.30-8pm
Duration: 90 mins
Venue: at The Place
Day: Monday
Level: Improvers
Style: Contemporary