Solo Partnering and other Imaginative Supports with Lailye Weidman
2 Mondays Per Month in Aug (3 & 17)and Sept (14 &28)
Class is 90 mins, 7-8:30PM EST
by donation, no one turned away
When we dance solo, who or what dances with us? How does our body carry influences and residues? Are we just one body or a multiplicity? How does the material of contact and partnering inform solo movement? How does the solo mover redefine partnership and ensemble? Are we solo when we address the materials and obstacles present in our environment? Are we partnered by absence when we practice physical distance? What transforms us, and moves us into action?
This practice has been co-evolving with quarantine and the pandemic. Classes include plenty of moving, but may also include writing, sound, and the creation of small sculptures. In pre-covid teaching life, I worked to develop solo options for contact, partnering, and other hands-on exercises in my classes, so that people could have more choice and agency around touch. I found that this solo material can open up many of the sensations found in partner work such as support, space, impulse, listening presence, clear sense of gravity, and even surprise. The solo-partnering research is grounded in this, but has evolved through Freeskewl to include a wide array of concrete and imaginative information as support for solo movement. Always optional, some classes include time and space to witness or be witnessed in our solo practices. We may even dip into ensemble experiences. May this feed us in times of physical distance and contribute toward more options for moving alone and together in our futures.
Lailye Weidman is a choreographer based in Western MA, a Visiting Assistant Professor at Hampshire College, and a 2018 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow in Choreography. She incorporates dance, somatics, and mindfulness into her teaching with a focus on the politics of movement and embodied action. Her work has been shown in venues on both coasts, the Midwest, and Europe, and she has worked independently and collectively to produce dance events, residencies, and festivals in New England.
Any donations $1-$25 are greatly appreciated however no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Zoom password: 640262
Image Description: Lailye, a white artist with short brown hair sits in a chair in the center of a loading dock to a dark space behind her/them. In the darkness there are tiny light bulbs hanging from the ceiling and light coming in from a far window on the right. Lailye is wearing a black tank top, cropped dark blue jeans, and black sneakers. Her/their hands are gesturing out from the side of their body and there is a plastic water bottle to their/her left.
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