Falling Open Festival graphic in Red and White
Falling Open Festival graphic in Red and White
Falling Open Festival

"Falling Open Festival"
VIRTUAL OFFERING


October 9th and 10th, 2021

 

 

“Falling Open Festival” will be a two day virtual gathering to reconnect, inspire, and unite the Vermont and New England dance community. Presented in partnership with New England Foundation for the Arts.

Pay what you can! Suggested donation $10-25 per offering.

To make a donation visit:

vermontdance.org/donate

or use paypal (friends/family option) info@vermontdance.org

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83508276212?pwd=dmdDQ25TeUpXZmsvUlN4aG1CVkpHQT09

Meeting ID: 835 0827 6212

Passcode: FallOpen


SCHEDULE

Saturday October 9th

2:30pm-3:45pm "Moving Through and Within- Feldenkreis/Improvisation" Workshop with Sakura Shimada
In this class you can explore how you are using your body as well as your mind. Using Feldenkrais method and Sensory practice to sense and feel how you can organize your whole self and function in an easier, kinder, more connected way. By attending yourself both physically and mentally, you can see the possibilities of broader choice of movement and discover pleasure in more detailed and nuanced movement as well as how to perceive and act in the environment in more present way. We will start with an easy and gentle slow movement process on the floor to listen ourselves then some movement idea to focus such as weight, vision, sensations, muscle tone, breath, imagination, stillness, reflection...etc. We watch and feel each other move and move together as an environment. Everyone who has curiosity to learn about oneself through movement and wants to explore or get another influence for your dance practice is welcome.

4-5:45pm "House" Workshop and Dance Party with Millie Heckler
This class is an introduction to House dance, birthed from clubs in Chicago and New York following the Disco era. Students will learn foundational House rhythms with regard for musicality, social dancing, and endurance.

7pm Evening Event: Virtual Performance by Festival Teachers
"Theme Song" Mina Nishimura 
"Meet Me" Millie Heckler
"moving through and within" Sakura Shimada

 

Sunday October 10th


10am Brunch and conversation: Let's come together to re-envision possibilities of how to better connect and integrate the dance community throughout the state and region! Open to artists, venues, directors, visionaries, organizations. Facilitated by New England Foundation for the Arts.

11:15am-12:30pm "The Dance of Absence- How to map a Foggy Internal Forest?" Workshop with Mina Nishimura 
The class will offer a series of somatic, breath and movement practices, which reflect some principles of Zen, butoh and Noguchi Taiso. While getting introduced to butoh scores and exercises along with specific eastern philosophies, the class encourages participants to liberate their body from a pre-conditioned sense of self in order to facilitate unprecedented transformation and to channel to ever-evolving process of the body.

 

 

About the Teachers:

Mina Nishimura, from Tokyo, was introduced to butoh and improvisational dance through Kota Yamazaki. After studying at Merce Cunningham Studio, she has performed with a number of NY-based choreographers, in the most recent years, such as Yausko Yokoshi, John Jasperse, Dean Moss, Neil Greenburg, Vicky Shick, Nami Yamamoto, and Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener. Her other performance credits includes; MiuMiu/PRADA film directed by Celia-Rowlson Hall; Late Sea’s MV; and for SIA’s “Bird Set Free” “Alive” on Saturday Night Live. Her own choreographic works have been commissioned by NYU Skirball Center, Danspace Project, Gibney Dance, Mount Tremper Arts Center, UC Davis, Sarah Lawrence College and among other organizations. Nishimura is a recipient of Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award 2019, and is one of the 2021 Renewal Residency artists at Danspace Project in NY. She currently teaches at Bennington College after completing the school’s MFA Teaching Fellowship.

Millie Heckler is a dance and music artist from Vermont. She holds an MFA in Dance and Social Justice from UT Austin and a BFA in Dance from CU Boulder. She's toured with Street Dance Theater pioneer Rennie Harris, both nationally and internationally, assisting Harris in the creation of dance works that pedestal and preserve legacies of African American and Latinx cultural movement traditions. Most recently, she's danced with critically acclaimed afro-contemporary company, Charles O. Anderson/dance theater X. Her practice is listening. Her interests lie in all the voices of the body fully expressing—no shame—as a means to remember, to forget, and to renew the root from which she comes. Website: millieheckler.com

Sakura Shimada started to dance in Japan where she is from. She went to NY city to study dance in 97'and studied Ballet, Modern, Contemporary dance as well as presented her own dance pieces for 10 years. Deep underneath her natural interest in dance was always a curiosity to integrate body and mind and perception of space and environment. She has been traveling and teaching dance improvisation focusing on our senses, perception, imagination and dialogue with the environment with her partner Daniel Lepkoff (www.daniellepkoff.com) in over 20 countries. She is also a certified teacher of Danceability and has been giving classes to mixed ability groups, and certified to teach The Feldenkrais Method from the Feldenkrais Institute in NYC in 2017 and it has become her central practice. She has been practicing Sensory Awareness(https://sensoryawareness.org) with various teachers. As a dance teacher she is working on a way of dancing that help peoples bodies get better and better, connected and integrated as they move.

 

Pay what you can!
Suggested donation $10-25 per offering.
 

 

To make a donation visit:

vermontdance.org/donate

or use paypal (friends/family option) info@vermontdance.org

 

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83508276212?pwd=dmdDQ25TeUpXZmsvUlN4aG1CVkpHQT09

Meeting ID: 835 0827 6212

Passcode: FallOpen

 

When
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COST
Free! Registration required. Donations gratefully accepted https://vermontdance.org/donate.