Mon 16 Apr

London Contemporary Dance School

Improvisation Intensive


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Dates: 16 - 20 Apr

A five day workshop exploring ensemble improvisation in performance, with Seke Chimutengwende, Rick Nodine and Jamie McCarthy

Using movement, spoken and singing voice with live improvised music, you will look at what it is to inhabit the space you’re in, using as many of these modes of performing as you choose and exploring the counterpoint between narrative and more abstract sound and movement material. You will develop skills of listening, noticing and responding in performance, building confidence in working with others and in spontaneous decision making.

The artists leading the workshop have worked, taught and performed together for over ten years, they are:

Jamie McCarthy studied music and composition with the composer Gavin Bryars and has worked for many years performing and composing music in a wide variety of situations with a primary focus on cross-artform work and collaboration. He has for many years taught music and voice at London Contemporary Dance School and was also lucky enough to spend seven joyful years touring the world as a violinist with Canadian Queer band the Hidden Cameras.

Rick Nodine’s dancing began socially as a teenager and the first technical form to channel his enthusiasm was Contact Improvisation. After some modern dance training he performed through the 1990s for British contemporary dance companies. As a choreographer, Rick has made work for many contexts, including major opera houses, small theatres, art galleries, touring dance companies and warehouse parties.  Rick’s choreographic practice has followed and sometimes led the development of his teaching. Rick started teaching Improvisation at London Contemporary Dance School in 2001 and gradually expanded the scope of his pedagogy to include composition, performance and voice/movement techniques.

Seke Chimutengwende works in dance as a performer, choreographer and teacher. An alumnus of London Contemporary Dance School, he has performed for companies such as DV8 Physical Theatre and Lost Dog and has performed his own solo improvisation work internationally since 2006. Seke performs ensemble improvisation with Neat Timothy and teaches improvisation internationally. For his company Seke Chimutengwende & Friends he has choreographed four works including The Time Travel Piece for The Place Prize 2012 and King Arthur, which premiered at The Yard Theatre in London, 2015. Seke’s current choreographic project, Black Holes, a duet made in collaboration with fellow alumna Alexandrina Hemsley exploring Afrofuturism, will premiere in spring 2018.

Times: 10.30am - 5pm
Duration: 0 mins
Venue: at The Place

This event is part of LCDS PG 1130 50C