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September

Papa Sy - The Pasy Metisse Danse Technique Workshop September 20th at the Dance Complex!The Pasy Metisse Danse Technique Workshop
(The Pasy Hybrid Dance)

with Papa Sy

Saturday, September 20, 2014 ~ 12:30-2:00pm

Cost: $15.00

Please join the Dance Complex in welcoming Papa Sy’s 90 minute dance workshop. For 25 years Papa Sy has developed a technique, The Pasy Metisse Danse (The Pasy Hybrid Dance), that engages the mind and body through a unique cycle of movement. This class will be divided into six fundamental stages: ripple, contraction, weight, trajectory, pace and breath.

About the instructor: Papa Sy, principal member of Mussukeba Sane Dance Company, is a dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher from Senegal. After professional dance training in Senegal’s national dance academies, Papa Sy joined Germain Acogny’s Écoles des Sables and the internationally known Jant-Bi dance company. Work at École de Sables opened Papa Sy’s artistic spirit, and he founded the Pasytef Ballet Theatre de Dalifort Dance Company in Dakar and the Pasy Dance School out of a passion for sharing his knowledge with young dancers and contributing to their artistic education.


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SOUL CLAP HANDS AND SING

2 workshops for dancers and other seekers ~ followed by a performance

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Dance Complex, Studio 2 ~ morning / Studio 1 ~ afternoon

Cost: fee for the day (both workshops and performance) $85.00
Morning Workshop/$45.00 ~ Afternoon Workshop/$45.00 ~ Performance/$10.00

Morning Workshop: 10:00am – 12:30pm

Longtime colleagues and improvisers Bonita Weisman and Joan Green will co-lead a dance improvisation playground that will provide a safe space to take risks, explore edges, practice anything goes. We grow as artists and people when we come up against our limitations and break through them. We will practice surprising ourselves in solos, duets and ensembles.

Mid Day / Brown Bag Lunch: 12:30 – 1:15pm ~ bring a lunch and we'll eat together

Afternoon Workshop: 1:15 – 4:15pm

Improvisational master musicians Syd Smart (percussion) and Glynis Lomon (cello, aquasonic, voice) will lead a workshop on using voice, percussion and found instruments to create sound for dance and for adding right vibrations into the universe.

Late Afternoon Performance: 4:30 – 5:15pm

Bonita, Joan, Syd and Glynis will explore what happens when the four of them combine forces.

Presenters:

Bonita Weisman has been teaching, performing and choreographing in Hartford since 1983. Growing up in Manhattan enabled Bonita to study with such notables as Bonnie Bird, Mary Anthony, June Lewis, Louis Falco, James Truitt, Carol Fried and Simone Forti. In addition to dance technique, Bonita’s training includes studies in dance therapy, expressive therapy, Laban Movement work and folk and social dance styles. In the Hartford area, she has taught at Connecticut College, Trinity College, the Performing Arts Academy and the Hartford Conservatory. She is currently an adjunct professor at the Hartt School of the University of Hartford. Bonita’s main focus is improvisation and creative process. She has been facilitating a movement jam called, “Don’t Come Prepared” for 25 years. In recent years she has found herself playing freelance rubboard with several zydeco bands. When she is not dancing or playing she is busy helping others on their path to wellness as the owner of West Hartford Massage Therapy.

Joan Green is a dancer, choreographer and visual artist who currently directs Back Pocket Dancers, an inter-generational dance company performing at schools and elder venues. She has taught an on-going workshop in dance improvisation since 1992 called Dancing Outside the Lines. Joan's priorities in teaching dance are deepening connection with self, expanding creative responses to stimuli, building skills in group dance and creating community. Joan has created choreography for children, for adult professional and non-professional dancers and has brought dance to many different communities. Her choreography has been commissioned by Dance Across the Ages, Dance in the Fells, Cambridge Rindge and Latin Dance Company, Fashionless Dances, First Night Boston and others. She was chosen to teach for Lifetime Arts Creative Aging Libraries Project at the Grove Hall Library, Dorchester in spring 2013 and returned to teach there in spring 2014. Joan enjoys challenging the stereotypical notion of what kinds of dance are appropriate for elders, and expanding the horizons of her students in both music and dance. Joan paints in her studio in Somerville and on the south coast of Jamaica, where spends part of each winter.

Syd Smart began studying percussion with his father and majored in Music Education at Central State University; in 1973, he received a Black Music Fellowship to teach and study at Bennington College in Vermont, where he completed his B. A. Degree. He was the founder of "Friends of Great Black Music", a Boston based organization established in the early 1970's. Syd is co-founder of Boston's annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert, now in its thirty-fifth year and the world's oldest living tribute to this master.
In 1992, Syd was a resident performing Artist at the World Exposition, "Expo 92", in Seville, Spain. Syd's performance experience includes: Art of Black Dance and Music, Rod Rodgers Dance Co., Boston Art Ensemble, Sam Rivers, Bill Dixon and many more.

Glynis Lomon an Improvising cellist, vocalist and aquasonic player Glynis Lomon graduated from Bennington College in 1975 with a degree in Music/Black Music. At Bennington she studied with musician/composer Bill Dixon and continued to perform and record with his ensembles until his recent death. Glynis has also been privileged to play with Arthur Brooks, Jimmy Lyons, Cecil Taylor, Butch Morris, William Parker, Joe Morris, Greta Buck, Masashi Harada, Lowell Davidson, Raqib Hassan and many others. In the 90's she and multi reed player Dave Pek performed in the Boston area with their group Leap of Faith. Over the last decade she has been playing with pianist Eric Zinman and percussionist Syd Smart in New Language Collaborative. Their CD Unified Fields with Mario Rechtern on reeds is available on Ayler Records. Glynis began her collaboration with dancers at Bennington College where Judith Dunn, dancer, and Bill Dixon had brought their distinctive way of working together from NYC in 1970. That began a tradition of musicians and dancers exploring sound and movement together, dancers sometimes leading, musicians sometimes setting the structure, but always being intensely aware of each other, while still working from their own core. Glynis also began playing music with Syd Smart at Bennington in 1973 and for the last several years has been performing with Syd and dancers Joan Green and Bonita Weisman.


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