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Friday Master Class Series

TAYLOR SCHOOL DIRECTOR: RAEGAN WOOD

 MERCE CUNNINGHAM FRIDAY MASTER CLASS SERIES

After Master Class registration,
you will be given a chance to purchase a ticket for $13.50 (a $60 seat or better)
for ONE of the following PTAMD Lincoln Center performances
featuring Merce Cunningham’s Summerspace:
March 21 @ 7pm
March 23 @ 7pm
March 25 @ 8pm

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

March 3 & 10 – Movement in Time and Space:  An Introduction to Cunningham Technique

Participants will be introduced to the technique developed by Merce Cunningham to train dancers for his company.  The session will begin with a warm-up designed to promote rhythmic accuracy, clarity of form, and spatial acuity.  Participants will then learn a variety of movement phrases, and be coached to dance the material with precision and spirit.  Some of the movement phrases will be drawn from Cunningham’s 1958 masterwork Summerspace.

*At the conclusion of the class, participants will receive, from the Merce Cunningham Trust, a complimentary single class card to attend a future Cunningham Technique class.

March 17 – Choosing Chance:  An Introduction to Chance Procedures in the Work of Merce Cunningham

Participants will be introduced to Merce Cunningham’s use of chance procedures as a choreographic tool.  The session will begin with a warm-up, after which participants will be guided to experiment with chance procedures to invent and sequence their own original movement.  Aspects of the choreographic structure of Cunningham’s masterwork Summerspace will be discussed and explore.

*At the conclusion of the class, participants will receive, from the Merce Cunningham Trust, a complimentary single class card to attend a future Cunningham Technique class.

March 3:  Cunningham Technique Class – Jamie Scott

Jamie Scott is from Great Falls, Virginia and began her professional training at the Washington School of Ballet. She attended Barnard College and graduated cum laude in 2005. Jamie worked with Merce Cunningham as a member of the Repertory Understudy Group beginning in 2007 and joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 2009. In 2012 Jamie began dancing with the Trisha Brown Dance Company. She has also worked with Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, Ana Isabel Keilson, the Merce Cunningham Trust, Bill Young and Kimberly Bartosik. Jamie enjoys teaching technique and repertory for both the Trisha Brown Dance Company and Merce Cunningham Trust. She is Merce Cunningham Fellow 2014 and 2016 and the recipient of a 2014-2015 Princess Grace award.

March 10:  Cunningham Technique Class – Jennifer Goggans

Jennifer Goggans 
graduated from SUNY Purchase in 2000 and joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company that same year. Goggans danced with MCDC until the company’s planned closure in 2011 and was named Assistant to the Director of Choreography during the company’s Legacy Tour. Goggans has been teaching Cunningham Technique since 2005 and has taught master classes and workshops throughout the United States and across Europe. In addition, she has staged various Cunningham works for students and professionals across the globe, including BIPED for the Bayerisches Staatsballet of Munich and The Juilliard School, Cross Currents for New York Theater Ballet, Verb Ballet and the August Ballet, Un Jour ou Deux for the Paris Opera Ballet, and Winterbranch for the Lyon Opera Ballet and LA Dance Project. Goggans has performed with the Louisville Ballet, MOMIX, Chantal Yzermans, Christopher Williams and has appeared as a guest artist with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. She also studied fashion design at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology and has created costumes for Tere O’Connor and RoseAnne Spradlin. Goggans is currently working for the Merce Cunningham Trust as a teacher, stager and Studio Coordinator.

March 17:  Cunningham Chance Procedures Class – Jamie Scott & Patricia Lent

Patricia Lent danced for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (1984-1993) and White Oak Dance Project (1994-1996), and taught elementary school at P.S. 234 in Lower Manhattan (1998-2007).  Lent began teaching technique and repertory workshops at the Merce Cunningham Studio in the late 1980s.  In recent years, she has staged Cunningham’s work for numerous schools and companies, including Fabrications for Ballet de Lorraine, Scramble for Repertory Dance Theater, Duets for American Ballet Theatre, Channels/Inserts for Lyon Opera Ballet, Beach Birds for North Carolina School of the Arts, and Roaratorio for MCDC’s Legacy Tour.  In 2009, Lent was named a trustee of the Merce Cunningham Trust, and currently serves as the Trust’s Director of Licensing.  Since joining the Trust, she has initiated and supervised close to one hundred staging projects for professional companies, museums, conservatories, and schools.  Lent continues to teach, stage, and conduct workshops in her capacity at the Trust.

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