October 6-8, 2015: Technique, Improv, and Phrasework with Shannon Stewart and Coco Loupe

Recently relocated to New Orleans from Seattle, Shannon Stewart creates and tours work for stage and film with collaborator Adam Sekuler. Her work has been supported through numerous awards and residencies, and their films have screened in film festivals around the world.  Shannon has performed nationally and internationally in work by Deborah Hay (Austin), tEEth (Portland), zoe | juniper, salt horse (Seattle), Kathleen Hermesdorf (San Francisco), and many others. As an educator and practitioner, Shannon is interested in tools that help us listen and communicate with our bodies more clearly, gently, and productively.  She works with beginning to professional dancers, including differently abled people and movers living with neurodegenerative disease.  Shannon teaches contemporary technique, improvisation, is certified in Gyrokinesis®, and is a Teaching Artist with the Mark Morris Dance For Parkinson’s program. She is an activist, avid music lover, and writer. therealshannonstewart.org

CoCo Loupe holds a BFA (USM) & MFA (OSU) in Dance/Choreography. In the past 25 years she has been an ADF student (1988, 1989, and 1992), an indie dance group dreamer, a pick-up performer, and a university educator. Her work has been performed all over the place but not everywhere. In 2006, her work “In The Clear” was presented at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, as part of the National College Dance Festival. In Columbus, OH, she was a member of CAW: creative arts of women and was founder and co-operator of a dance/arts space in Columbus, OH, called FEVERHEAD. She was also awarded an Individual Excellence Award for Choreography in 2012 by the Ohio Arts Council. In 2013, CoCo moved back to the South and since then has created new works for LSMSA in Natchitoches, LA, the HUB Dance Collective, and the USM Repertory Dance Company in Hattiesburg, MS. She was a commissioned, collaborating artist/teacher, along with Peter Kyle, K.J. Holmes, Claire Porter, and BeBe Miller, for Taking PLace Columbus in Columbus, OH, and she created a new student work for the ULL fall dance concert last fall. She also co-produced and performed in two Ten Tiny Dances concerts and produced the BR Blender at the Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge, LA, with Mina Estrada. She served as adjunct faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi in 2014-15 and as Dance Faculty at the Trollwood Performing Arts School in summer of 2015. CoCo now lives in Baton Rouge, where she and Mina Estrada are launching new CKA projects .

  • Tuesday: Contemporary technique with Shannon. Contemporary technique class includes somatic tuning, guided improvisation, technical, cardio and strengthening exercises that allow dancers to increase range of motion, physical capacity and the potential for alternative virtuosities. Shannon works equally with physical and mental rigor, attention to detail, play and experimentation, and always ends class with phrase work. Her training encompasses classical forms, somatic practices, martial arts and breakdancing. She is certified in Gyrokinesis® and has trained abroad in Forsythe improvisation, gaga, and CounterTechnique. Her class aims to create space for sorting through and integrating dancers’ various experiences, trainings, identities, motives, and relationships to their bodies. Shannon will be creating various contemporary performance works for film and stage in New Orleans in 2015-16 and looks forward to meeting collaborators through her classes and shared physical practices.
  • Wednesday: Structured improv with Shannon. See description above.
  • Thursday: Phrasework with Coco Loupe. “The end of one thing is the beginning of the next”: building movement sequences in which attention and emphasis is placed on the in betweens.

All classes from 10-1130am at Live Oak Dance (1128 Dublin St) in Riverbend. Drop-in rate is $12. Class cards are available in 10-class increments for $100.

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