The 2019-2020 Monday Morning Class Series, welcomes back series initiator & curator Milka Djordjevich. MNC is an opportunity to take class with a rotating roster of artists with divergent movement practices and points of view. This season we are diving deep both in practice and performance. There are more chances to take class with each artist and the opportunity to see and/or participate in a performance. Nourish your practice and go deep.
Monday Night Class Spring 2020 Season:
JAN 6, 13, 20, 27, FEB 3 and 10 // Levi Gonzalez
FEB 17, 24, MAR 2, 9, 16, 23 // Stacy Dawson Stearns
MAR 30, APRIL 6, 13, 20, 27 and May 4 // Milka Djordjevich
MAY 11, 18, 25, JUN 1, 8, 15 and 22 // Prima Generación
Levi Gonzalez // JAN 6, 13, 20, 27, FEB 3 and 10 with a performance on FEB 15
Practicing Courage, Practicing Failure
Levi will facilitate a movement class that uses exercises culled and bastardized from various somatic practices as an entryway into exploring sensation and cultivating attention towards the vast amount of information already present in our bodies. These awarenesses will then be challenged and put to use by some dance moves, repetitive exercises, improvisational prompts, set choreographic material and performance constructs. We will watch listen and learn from one another and challenge ourselves by taking ourselves seriously, taking the work seriously (but not without a sense of humor), and embracing failure and vulnerability as part of the process of dancing. Levi will emphasize moving from different body systems (nerves, glands, bones, organs), vocalization as a movement practice, and practicing abandon and precision simultaneously. This class and its teacher welcome and will learn from people with various aesthetic backgrounds, abilities, ages and levels of experience. Its primary focus is on movement as a potential performance art form/means of communication and expression of utopic desire.
Class participants are welcome to perform (in some capacity TBD) in Levi’s showing which will take place on Saturday, Feb 15 in the evening at Pieter.
Levi Gonzalez is a dance artist and native Angeleno, who was based in New York City from 1998-2016, and is currently back living and working in Los Angeles. He collaborates regularly with luciana achugar, and has performed extensively with Donna Uchizono Company, John Jasperse Company, Juliette Mapp, ChameckiLerner, Daria Faïn, and Michael Laub’s Remote Control Productions in Europe, among others. He was a founding editor of Critical Correspondence, an online publication of Movement Research, from 2006 to 2009. He served as Artistic Advisor for New York Live Art’s Fresh Tracks Residency Program from 2006 to 2014, a position he helped institute and develop alongside the evolution of the residency program, and from 2012 to 2016 he served as Director of Artist Programs for Movement Research. He was a 2003-2004 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence, received a NYFA Choreography Fellowship in 2006, and was a 2012-2014 Brooklyn Arts Exchange Artist-in-Residence. His work has been supported by the Jerome Foundation and Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, and has been presented extensively in New York City as well as nationally and internationally. Since 2003, he taught regularly at Movement Research and has also taught in various professional and academic contexts in the US, South America and Western and Eastern Europe. He received his MFA in Dance at UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance in June of 2019.
His current work involves subtly subverting the constructs of performance by highlighting the porous boundaries between audience and performer, challenging the traditional architecture of the theater, and exploring the corporeal and sensual logic of bodies as the primary means of organizing information and experience.