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Workshop: The Practice of Making with Chicken Bank Collective

Dance Making. Improvisation. Somatics. Performance. Collaboration. Possibilities. Offered are our shared and individual approaches to making work. This class provides space and time to discover/uncover/rediscover the bare essentials of what you need to make work that matters to you, make work no matter what. Utilizing Alexander Technique and Somatic practices to find the space within, we will each create a personal template to make a movement moment. Supporting each other in making quick compositional choices for the space without, we will generate more work. Viewing and sharing. Making and crafting. We practice and we practice and we practice.

Chicken Bank Collective, founded in 2014, is an interdisciplinary and international arts collective based in Mexico and the United States. Six women: dancers, teachers, choreographers, musicians, visual artists, videographers and a documentalist, first met at Foro Performática in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico beginning in 2007. Their founding mission is to weave communities between borders through the art of movement. Tejiendo comunidades entre fronteras a través del arte del movimiento. Together and in their communities, they exchange stories, the stories of the body, the stories of place. As a collective, they have had artists’ residencies in Boulder and Colorado Springs, CO; Port Townsend, WA; Charlottesville, VA; Cholula, Puebla; Winston Salem, NC; and Chiltoyac and Xalapa, Veracruz. In November 2018, they will gather again in San Cristóbal, Chiapas.

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