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Erin Beneze: Material for the Spine
Sunday, Jan 15 2012
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

A workshop with Erin Beneze at Pieter, exploring improvisation and set material using Steve Paxton’s incredible Material for the Spine.

No rsvp needed

“With Material for the Spine, I am interested in alloying a technical approach to the processes of improvisation. It is a system for exploring interior and exterior muscles of the back. It aims to bring consciousness to the dark side of the body, that is the “other” side or the inside, those sides not much self-seen, and to submit sensations from them to the mind for consideration” -Steve Paxton

Since an intensive period of study with Steve in November I have been weaving MFS into my personal dance practice. I have found it to be both an incredible technical system as well as a springboard for sensory based (or as Steve may say “non-fictional”) improvisation. In this workshop we will explore Steve’s Aikido influenced warm ups, crescent and helix rolls, undulations and spinal puzzles, as well as moving from a specific sensory based figure. I am interested exploring how this movement/soma/mental state that Steve proposes can flow into solo and duet improvisations and set material.

Erin is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. Since moving to LA in 2007 she has had the opportunity to dance for Lailye Weidman, Rebecca Bruno, Jmy Leary, Rae Shao Lan Blum, Jillian Stein, Lindsay Ducos, In/Ex Dance Project, Los Angeles Movement Arts and Holly Johnston’s Ledges and Bones. She has history of making dances for live consumption but has spent the last few years choreographing for the camera. Her film Stairhead was shown at the Topanga Film Festival in 2011 and her new film, Tides, will debut in 2012. Erin is participating in Figure Space, a yearlong workshop divided into 3 segments, the first with Steve Paxton, the second with Lisa Nelson and the last with both master teachers combining forces.