Contemporary 2


This class is taught by:

Lexi Vajda

Originally from North Vancouver, Lexi Vajda is a Vancouver based independent dance artist. She received her contemporary dance training from Modus Operandi in Vancouver and has had the pleasure of working and performing locally with OutInnerspace Dance Theatre, the response, 605 Collective, plastic orchid factory, Mascall Dance, Move: the company, Delia Brett, Karissa Barry and Shay Keubler Radical System Arts among others. She also currently enjoys teaching for Modus Operandi as well as at various dance studios throughout the lower mainland.

Kate Franklin

Kate Franklin was born in North Bay, Ontario. She received her early dance education at Barbara Treleaven School of Dancing, then undertook her professional training at Quinte Ballet School.

She spent the first decade of her career based in Toronto, as an independent contemporary dance artist. She danced with numerous companies and choreographers, most notably Company Vice Versa (Valerie Calam), Zata Omm Dance Projects (William Yong), Matjash Mrozewski, and Kate Alton, amongst others.

Her own choreography was performed by dance training programs such as Quinte Ballet School, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, companies such as JD Dance and at festivals including At the Wrecking Ball and Dusk Dances. She continues to collaborate choreographically with her colleague and friend Meredith Thompson in their joint-venture "The Yes Collective".

Kate was a mobilizing force in the Toronto contemporary dance community. She worked with Series 8:08 for many years, and was the co-founder (with Tina Fushell) of Ambitious Enterprises, a company that produced five "At the Wrecking Ball" programs of interdisciplinary dance over ten years (from 2002-2012).

With Kate Holden, Franklin founded firstthingsfirst productions in 2005. Together, the Kates commissioned an impressive number of works from independent Canadian choreographers and produced three full-length evenings of dance.

Now living in Vancouver, Kate is teaching contemporary dance and yoga and working with choreographers Justine A. Chambers, Meredith Kalaman and company Tara Cheyenne Performance.

Kate is the recipient of the 2014 Dora Mavor Moore award for Outstanding Female Performance for the solo "Gotta Go Church" choreographed by Valerie Calam.

 

Daisy Thompson

Daisy is a freelance dancer, dance maker and teacher. Primarily interested and experienced in teaching improvisation and composition, she has recently expanded her practice to release-based contemporary technique. She has taught professional and company class in the UK, Germany and Belgium, and most recently here in Canada at Simon Fraser University, Quest University and the University of Victoria. She is very happy to share her dancing with the Vancouver professional community.

Emmalena Fredriksson

Born in Sweden, Emmalena Fredriksson received her training at Balettakademien in Umeå and at SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance) in Austria. She holds an MFA degree from Simon Fraser University and has presented choreographic work, performed and taught internationally with Daghdha Dance Company (IE), Pact Zollverein (DE) and Falmouth University (UK) among others. Based in Vancouver, Canada since 2013 her work has been presented in Dance in Vancouver’s Choreography Walk curated by Justine A. Chambers, The DanceCentre’s Discover Dance Series and at the Audain Gallery. Emmalena regularly teaches at Modus Operandi, Harbour Dance Centre, Simon Fraser University and Training Society of Vancouver. Continuing her research into choreography as a relational practice in the expanded fields of dance, upcoming work includes collaborations with the visual art platform HAUNT, composer Alex Mah (EDAM) and a virtual reality dance film project.
In this contemporary technique class we will use floor work and release- based techniques to explore the anatomical structure of the body and sequential movement. Working with gravity as an initiating force for dancing, we will play with pushing, pulling, falling and spirals in different patterns and combinations to travel across the space while moving in and out of the floor. The class will begin with variations of bodywork and movement improvisation then gradually build in intensity and complexity as we progress from moving close to the floor to more upright and upside down movement patterns.

Upcoming classes:

  • Fri Sep 22 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Lexi Vajda
  • Thu Sep 28 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Kate Franklin
  • Fri Sep 29 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Lexi Vajda
  • Thu Oct 05 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Daisy Thompson
  • Fri Oct 06 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Lexi Vajda
  • Thu Oct 12 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Emmalena Fredriksson
  • Fri Oct 13 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Lexi Vajda
  • Thu Oct 19 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Emmalena Fredriksson
  • Fri Oct 20 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Lexi Vajda
  • Thu Oct 26 10:00 am - 11:30 am with TBA TBA
  • Fri Oct 27 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Lexi Vajda
  • Thu Nov 02 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Emmalena Fredriksson
  • Fri Nov 03 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Lexi Vajda
  • Thu Nov 09 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Emmalena Fredriksson
  • Fri Nov 10 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Lexi Vajda
  • Thu Nov 16 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Emmalena Fredriksson
  • Fri Nov 17 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Lexi Vajda
  • Thu Nov 23 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Emmalena Fredriksson
  • Fri Nov 24 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Lexi Vajda
  • Thu Nov 30 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Emmalena Fredriksson


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