A modern dance workshop led by Artistic Director Jan Bartoszek and Hedwig company dancers.
August 18-22, 2008
Chicago Cultural Center
77 E. Randolph (at Michigan Avenue)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Register HERE or call 773-871-0872
Open to intermediate, advanced and professional dancers
Minimum age: 16 years
Modern Technique, Repertoire, Improvisation/Composition
Plus Brown Bag Discussions with Chicago choreographers Beverly Blossom, Cheryl Mann and Asimina Chremos, among others.
Ballet & Modern Dance Technique
Each day begins with a 1.5 hour dance class with live accompaniment in the state of the art dance studio at the Chicago Cultural Center. The modern class focuses on performing movement with clarity and articulation; moving through space with command and with awareness of self and others; exploring focus and use of imagery to shape movement; and, applying principles of dynamic alignment, breath flow, and the body's relationship to gravity to all movement. Ballet classes will take place Tuesday and Thursday, while modern classes will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Participants will learn excerpts from Hedwig Dances' current repertoire with particular emphasis on developing partnering skills.
Dancers will explore and apply improvisational and compositional tools and techniques towards the creation of short dance studies that will be performed on the last day of the workshop. Emphasis will be on developing a discerning choreographic eye.
Guest teachers already confirmed for the workshop include Victor Alexander and Gerald Nevin.
Company Audition for 2008/2009 Season
Hedwig Dances is seeking experienced male and female dancers for its upcoming performance season. This season includes performances at major Chicago venues, possible touring and the creation of an original dance film. Hedwig Dances' repertoire features dance works by Jan Bartoszek; guest artists Jan Erkert, Beverly Blossom, Renee Wadleigh, Bill Young/Colleen Thomas, and ensemble members.
Dancers are paid for rehearsals and performances.
Dancers must be available MWF from 9am to 2pm and for performance engagements.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Audition
The Chicago Cultural Center
1st Floor Dance Studio
77 E. Randolph (at Michigan)
Please bring C.V./resume and a head shot to the audition.
Hedwig Dances is a contemporary dance company that celebrates its 24th year under the artistic direction of its founder, award-winning choreographer Jan Bartoszek. Hedwig Dances' bold collaborations combine poetic, lyrical choreography with sculptural artifacts, projected images and haunting original music resulting in fresh theatrical dances that resonate with complexity and depth. As the dance company-in-residence at the Chicago Cultural Center, Hedwig Dances reaches out into the community through public performances, cultural collaborations and dance education.
Jan Bartoszek, Artistic Director/Founder
Jacob Smith, Managing Director
Hedwig Dances/Hedwig School of Dance
Funding Credits: Hedwig Dances is supported by grants from the Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation; The Arts Works Fund for Organizational Development, a donor advised fund of the Chicago Community Foundation; The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; Alphawood Foundation; Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; a grant from the Chicago Wallace Audience Engagement Network, a collaboration between the Wallace Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust; the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency); and many generous individuals. This project is partially supported by a CityArts Program 2 grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Hedwig Dances gratefully acknowledges the assistance of The Chicago Cultural Center.