May 29 & June 5 //
Stacy Dawson Stearns teaches: Trackers!
This class is for those who love to make things and those who love to find new facets within their physical practice. Stacy will share an approach called “tracking”: a technique for layering discoveries arising from experiential exploration with thematic content, psycho/emotional states of being, and texts (written, symbolic, and perceived). Each class will be a stand-alone session, yet participants who attend the series will get to go deep. Stacy will lead a developmentally-based warmup to open the body and lay down the first “track”. Participants will then be guided through a series of steps in order to determine a set of tracks that will be used in different ways, from divining character portraits to creating choreography and improvisational structures. We will move a lot, get and make cool diagrams, have fun, and share discoveries. This work is a great way to enter new phases of creation and shake off dusty ideas. I love teaching at Pieter and can’t wait to return to Monday mornings with this community!
Stacy Dawson Stearns is a Bessie Award winning (2000) interdisciplinary performer and creator known for her original work as well as her collaborative work with Big Dance Theater, David Neumann, Hal Hartley, Ken Nintzel, and Blacklips Performance Cult. She teaches movement in the BFA and MFA performance programs in the School of Theater at California Institute of the Arts. Recent activity: The Witch, a collaboration with Jennie Liu/Grand Lady Dance House for Your Motion Says: an Arthur Russell Festival at Pieter PASD (July 2106) B.A.S.E.: a durational rule game with choreographer Laurel Jenkins, performed at the Getty in (August 2016); a rehearsal residency for LOVE GASOLINE! as part of In Real Time: Studioat the Hammer Museum (Jan 3-6, 2017), and sketches for I am the Nude. At You’re W.O.W.?! (Feb 25, 2016). Upcoming: Stacy is taking her newest work, LOVE GASOLINE! to the Edinburgh Fringe this August with CAFT (Calarts Festival Theater program). She co-facilitates Sundays with Simone and Friends, an ongoing drop-in workshop with Simone Forti and Marbles Jumbo Radio at We Live In Space, and is currently writing and drawing a manual for the hybridized floor barre technique she has been teaching to her beautiful students at CalArts for the past decade!
June 12, 19 & 26 – Nickels Sunshine
Modern dance, somatics and repertory class
My interest lies in the choreographic force of knowledge attuned to the body, sensation, and emotion. I work to harmonize memory and the senses so that we can see, touch, and make sense of the stuff that comprises us, has conditioned us. Through performed catharsis and joyous surrender, I dance.Nickels Sunshine is a Los Angeles-based artist whose performances insist that the sensual is a form of knowledge and dance is not only seen but felt. Nickels teaches all levels of modern and contemporary dance technique, as well as courses in composition, dance studies, and dance pedagogy. Nickels is a Reiki Master in the Usui Tradition, a Kundalini Yoga teacher, and a facilitator of somatic practices, integrating information from: Body Mind Centering (B. Bainbridge Cohen), the Feldenkrais Method (M. Feldenkrais), Bartenieff Fundamentals (I. Bartenieff), the Alexander Technique (F.M. Alexander), Ideokinesis (M. Todd), and Authentic Movement (M. Starks Whitehouse).Their work has been presented by theatre and art organizations in Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and Internationally.