Thursdays, 1/14 – 2/4 // Release Technique // Taught by Laurel Jenkins
Thursday, Jan 28 2016
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Thursdays, January 14 – February 4,  7:30 – 9:30pm

Release Technique Series // Taught by Laurel Jenkins 
$15 per single class
$50 for 4 classes
$45 for entire series with pre registration by January 10
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This class is designed to support the internal process of the dancer as we prepare for precise and full technical dancing. By letting go of tension patterns and accessing multi-directional alignment, dancers make subtle shifts that reverberate through the whole self. With imagery and hands-on partner studies, students gain an understanding of releasing into motion. As we access an effortless approach to movement, a natural coordination emerges. A continuous, straightforward warm-up focuses on the articulation of the joints, the whole spine, points of initiation, and follow-through. Phrase material challenges students to develop complex coordinations by playing with the weight and buoyancy of multi-directional, poly-rhythmic movement.

Laurel Jenkins is a Los Angeles based choreographer.  She was a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 2007-2012, and created original roles in Brown’s final works.   In her youth, Tentindo and her peers founded the Vermont Fairytale Theater and cooperatively devised original plays.  She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and is certified in the Skinner Releasing Technique.  Jenkins danced with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Vicky Shick, and Sara Rudner, and choreographed for Elise Kermani’s performance films.  She was a member of the Puppet Lab at St. Anne’s Warehouse in NY.  This fall she developed choreography for L.A. Contemporary Dance Company’s SE4SONS.  Her work has been shown in NY at: Danspace Project’s Food for Thought and DraftWorks, Joyce SoHo, Judson Church, Dixon Place and the NY Fringe, and in LA at: Automata, Highways, Pieter, the Fowler Museum, and the Hammer Museum.  Internationally, she has been presented at the Prague Fringe, Decoda at Coventry University, U.K., and Improvisation Xchange, Berlin.  Jenkins is on faculty at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, and has taught at Tilt in Milan, and Independent Dance in London.  She restaged Trisha Brown’s repertory for Ballet de Lorriane in Nancy, France, for Le Mouvement: Performing the City/Biel Bienne, Switzerland, and for the Trisha Brown Retrospective in Nashville.  In 2015 she received her MFA from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, and an Asian Cultural Council Grant to develop a duet with Chey Chankethya, Artistic Director of Amrita Performing Arts in Phnomh Penh, Cambodia.   In March of 2016, Jenkins will perform Trisha Brown: In Plain Site with the Trisha Brown Company in Kyoto, Japan.  

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