Countertechnique class prepares the body for rehearsal and performance. Within a clear class structure, it provides tools for body and mind to deal with the demanding dance practice of the 21st century. It is a movement system to help the dancer think about the dancing body by focusing on the process of incorporating information into action. The goal is to enable dancers to move bigger, with fluidity and spatial attention, while becoming stronger and more flexible. Students will be introduced to the Toolbox: a framework from which ideas and principals of Countertechnique are accessed during an exercise. The priority is to experience clarity and enjoyment of movement. Dancers are encouraged to be pro-active in discovering connections and solutions, to be less concerned with judging themselves, and to work in a healthy way physically, mentally and emotionally.

Movement Research / Improvisation with Countertechnique Toolbox

improvisational practice for performance presence

The commonality of the sensing body lays the foundation for this improvisational exploration of the practical tools in the Countertechnique. Originally designed for the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation 2015, in this workshop Joy shares her knowledge of the Countertechnique to create an environment for movement discovery based in tangible realities of space, gravity, anatomy, and connection. By exploring the tools in more detail with a different focus each day, this practice cultivates availability in the body, develops agility in making choices on stage, and refines skills for dynamic performance presence.

Creative Process "Everything is a Material"

dismantling the illusion of aesthetic hierarchy

Shifting our obsession with pre-determined definitions of "good" or "correct" to realizing the infinite possible utilities of any action, movement quality, or object. The context will determine the use. What is the context and what does it call for? What works that we might not expect? How do we create a space in which everything is possible, and has equal potential value until the editor's chopping block? How do we then compose that value into the chosen hierarchy of our personal voice? This workshop will be highly physical, emotional, and creative. Come with all your tools, and leave nothing at the door.