A joint project of Ponderosa Movement & Discovery , The School of Contemporary Dance and Thought , and Earthdance:
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An International Exchange For Intensive Study
STOLZENHAGEN, GERMANY • JUNE 7-14 2015
Slip into the P.O.R.C.H. training module in the beautiful Berlin countryside with Kathleen Hermsdorf, Stephanie Maher, Peter Pleyer, Jennifer Polins and others, with outings to Berlin, classes, showings & sharings.
This June, 2015, we are thrilled to introduce < INSERT >, a program that will connect the Western MA dance community with one of the most vital dance scenes in Europe—the improvisational community of Ponderosa —in addition to the broader contemporary Berlin scene. Jennifer Polins, artistic director of SCDT, will be your host, guide, and workshop facilitator through a seven-day intensive immersion in the P.O.R.C.H. training program, along with Stephanie Maher, Smith MFA alum and artistic director of Ponderosa. Components of this unique, multidimensionsal program include:
— Workshop for all levels led daily by Jen Polins
— Four-hour performance practices and somatic techniques
— Two-hour daily integration with P.O.R.C.H. program for aspiring professionals, led by Stephanie Maher, Kathleen Hermesdorf and Peter Pleyer
— Technique and performative lectures: The Living Library, image making, improvisation, CI and site-specific focus
— Visits to the Berlin Hochschulubergriefendes, Zentrum Tanz Berlin, and HZT—the BA program for contemporary dance in Berlin (http://www.hzt-berlin.de/)
< REGISTRATION >
Please send CV and Letter of interest by May 1 to email@example.com. Once accepted, a $100
nonrefundable deposit will be required to hold your place.
< FEES >
Workshop, food and studio sleeping: 150 euro/person. Please inquire about discounted rates for guests who wish to remain beyond and join the festival's open workshops.
< GETTING THERE >
Guests are responsible for airfare—typically between $700 and $1000. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about travel.
< PETER PLEYER > began as an actor in the German theater and studied dance at the European Dance Development Centre/Art Academy Arnhem, NL. Soon after, he worked as dancer and choreographic assistant with Yoshiko Chuma (NY) & Mark Tompkins (Paris). He currently works with Ezster Gal (Budapest) beginning with the duet "Practice What You Preach” which toured internationally. In 2000 Peter relocated to Berlin to focus on theoretical studies of dance and dance making. He is frequently asked to supervise and coach performance projects in Germany, Sweden and Poland.In Berlin he developed "choreographing books,” a lecture/installation sharing his perspective on the development of dance studies in the US and Europe. He is a member of "Veronika Blumstein," an art and science collective that reconstructs the the work of a fictitious Polish choreographer. From 2007-14 Peter was artistic director of Tanztage Berlin Festival, and in 2012/13 he was part of the programming team of Sophiensaele Berlin. With his solo “Ponderosa Triligy” and “Visible Undercurrent” he successfully picked up his own choreographic work in 2014. Peter is a core teacher and artist at the Ponderosa TanzLand Festival.
< KATHLEEN HERMSDORF > is a San Francisco-based dance artist and the Director of ALTERNATIVA + Alternative Conservatory. Her work has been sup- ported by the Zellerbach Family Foundation, CASH/Theatre Bay Area, CHIME (Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange) and the San Francisco Arts Commis- sion. She was a member of Margaret Jenkins Dance Company (IZZIE Award), Contraband/Sara Shelton Mann, & Bebe Miller Company (BESSIE Award), as well as co-director of Hermesdorf & Wells Dance Company with Scott Wells (GOLDIE Award) and Collusion with Stephanie Maher. Hermesdorf holds a BFA and MFA in Dance Performance and Pedagogy and teaches, creates and per- forms around the world in situations such as ImPulsTanz Festival, Bates Dance Festival, Movement Research,Velocity Dance Center, Henny Jurriens Studio, Hong Kong Academy of the Arts, Ohio State University and Smith College. She co-directs P.O.R.C.H. in Stolzenhagen, Germany, and spent October 2012 in Dakar, Senegal via The Suitcase Fund/New York Live Arts, teaching, rehearsing and premiering SYZYGY,a quartet for Association 1ere Temps.
< STEPHANIE MAHER > is a dancer, choreographer, improviser, and teacher originally based in New York and then San Francisco for fifteen years. She is known for her breathtaking physicality and for creating works that express a unique blend of intimacy, sensitivity, and wild humor. She has been teaching performance making, release-based technique and Contact Improvisation in an International setting since 1992. In 1998 Maher relocated to Berlin, where she continued to perform, organize, develop and teach in the community-based set- tings of K77 Studios, and founded the Ponderosa Tanz/Land Festival in Stolzenhagen, Germany. In 2010 Maher and long-time colleague Kathleen Hermesdorf set out to create a more stable and intimate setting for their ongoing and collaborative investigation of co-teaching and improvised performances. Bringing their working worlds together, in the Germany countryside, the traces of the city of Mazatlán, Mexico, and her old stomping grounds of San Francisco. They began P.O.R.C.H. out of Ponderosa; the Alternative Conservatory out of Motion Lab; and continue this physical and often political dialogue of dance education in the international freelance/dance field.
< JEN POLINS > is a movement practitioner and performance maker, bridging
somatics—performance practices—and contemporary dance techniques for over
twenty years. She’s director of The School for Contemporary Dance & Thought, holds an MFA in dance from Hollins University/The American Dance Festival, and is a 2014 MCC choreographic fellow. Polins has danced professionally in America and Europe with the Joffery, Milwaukee, and Zurich Operahouse Ballet companies, before migrating to a career in contemporary performance art. She is certified in Pilates, Gyrotonic, Gyrokinesis, yoga and massage; is guest lecturer in the Five
College Dance Dept.; and teaches independently in universities and festivals. She is co-director of Wire Monkey Dance, where she has directed and produced over twenty productions in America, Europe and Asia, and travels to Berlin each summer to teach and work at the Ponderosa Tanz Land Festival. Polins is director of the pre- professional Catalyst Dance Company, comprised of teens ages 12-18. She has collaborated most recently with Stephanie Maher, Jennifer Nugent, Paul Matteson and James Morrow, Peter Schmitz and Sarah Shelton Mann. She enjoys making personal maps to be able to go further off the path into the wilderness.
The School of Contemporary Dance and Thought (SCDT) is a collective of innovative teachers who are independent performance artists with international experience. The mission of SCDT is to offer contempor- ary approaches to movement training and performance practices that embrace multiplicity, arouse curiosity, study the history of re-invention, challenge established ideals, and have a broader tolerance for personal choice. SCDT offers dance classes for children and adults including modern, ballet, hip hop, contemporary Indian dance, and improvisational techniques and organizes space for the creative process including curating performances and workshops with national and international artists. scdtnoho.com
Earthdance Creative Living Project is an artist-run workshop, residency, and retreat center located in the
Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts. We provide a dynamic mix of dance, somatic, and interdisciplinary arts training, with a focus on sustainable living, social justice, and community. http://www.earthdance.net/
Ponderosa Movement & Discovery is a place of constant sourcing of the theories and practices behind performance. It is a place to come out, to show your beginnings. It is a place to trust non-goal orientated processes. It is an International meeting space for the living library of thoughts and ideas that are mixed within the free scene and the professional art world. It is where east meets west along old borders. It was and is, a place that is meant to provide for a large community of people. It has a continued history of infecting its surrounding depressed region with positive growth. It is a place to honor a practice, which is whatever you know that to be. ponderosa-dance.de