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Classes & Workshops
Big Move

Pilobolus Workshop & Talk

with Mardi Crane-Goodreau and Kate Gamble
June 24, 2021

This event occurred as part of the 21/22 Classes & Workshops season. This is an archived view.

Grace, awareness and economy of movement. A live workshop and cross-disciplinary discussion on somatics.

21/22 Classes & Workshops

Grace is often considered to be an elusive quality held by professional dancers or those with a natural ability. But what if we thought of grace as the product of efficient movement. How can this be cultivated through specific awareness of the body? Pilobolus Artistic Director Renée Jaworski facilitates an hour-long movement workshop exploring the inner workings of grace and the power of proprioception.

Following the workshop will be a free public discussion with Renée, clinical researcher Mardi Crane-Godreau and movement practitioner Kate Gamble. The three will reflect on the embodied exercises from a somatic perspective and discuss approaches to harmonic movement and efficiency in the mind-body.

Location Information

This event is presented in partnership with Open Door Integrative Wellness and will take place outdoors in Lyman Point Park, 167 Maple St, in downtown White River Junction, VT.

Participants will be asked to comply with the state of Vermont's COVID-19 guidelines. For the most updated information, please visit the Vermont Department of Health's website. In case of rain, this event will be rescheduled to Sunday, June 27th at 11 am in Lyman Point Park.

This event is part of Big Move
Big Move is a new series that pairs inventive dance artists with wide-ranging areas of research here at Dartmouth. The series is part of the Hop's ongoing initiative to integrate the arts across Dartmouth's academic programs, leveraging artists and their work as springboards for interdisciplinary learning. More on Big Move >

This event was made possible by the generous support of the Class of 1961 Legacy: The American Tradition in Performance Fund, the Amy and Henry Nachman Jr 1951 Fund for Visiting Performing Artists in Dance, Barbara J. and Richard W. Couch Jr. '64 E'65, and Claire Foerster and Daniel S. Bernstein 1987.

Artist Bio

Since 1971, Pilobolus has tested the limits of human physicality to explore the beauty and the power of connected bodies. They bring their decades of expertise telling stories with the human form to show diverse communities, brands, and organizations how to maximize group creativity, solve problems, create surprise, and generate joy through the power of nonverbal communication. Artistic Director Renée Jaworski began performing with Pilobolus in 2000 and choreographed and created projects such as the 79th Annual Academy Awards, the Grammy® nominated video for OKGo's All is Not Lost, Radiolab Live: In the Dark, and has worked with myriad outside artists through the International Collaborator's Project. Learn more about Pilobolus. 

Faculty Bio

Dr. Mardi Crane-Godreau gathers like-minded scholars into collaborations, research and initiatives in fields ranging from immunology to somatic practices. She is a former Assistant Professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Since 2013, she has pursued clinical research and addressed theoretical issues involved in the scientific investigation of somatic practices. Recent publications include proposed language and conceptual frameworks for elucidating mechanisms of somatic approaches to improving health and general well-being.                                                     

Community Partner Bio

Kate Gamble founded Open Door in 2014 with the goal of developing a wellness center and programming that offered a different model for health care delivery. This model is client centered with the goal of allowing the individual or group to have agency through knowledge and pragmatic tools found in integrated wellness. She has a BFA in Dance from NYU and a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the Mayo Clinic. Kate's somatic training includes training in the Feldenkrais Method, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Body Mind Centering, Alexander Technique and Axis Syllabus. Learn more about Kate and Open Door >


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