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TMC 13th Annual Summer Partnering Intensive

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Mark Morris Dance Center

3 Lafayette Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11217

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Tiffany Mills Company will guide participants through scores that will ground and charge during our 13th Annual Summer Partnering Intensive. This week of partnering and improvisation will be led by choreographer Tiffany Mills and Company Members Jordan Morley, Kenneth Olguin, Nik Owens, Emily Pope, and Mei Yamanaka.

Partnering Lab: 10:00am–12:15pm
Group Forms: 12:45pm–3:00pm
Company Showing (June 4): 12-1pm
Participant Showing with Community Participation (June 8): 12-1pm

Early Bird Deadline: May 8
Application Deadline: May 22
Tuition: $300 Full Intensive ($250 Early Bird), $150 Half Day ($125 Early Bird), $60 Single Day, $30 Single Half-Day
Optional scholarship: Attend Workshop at Peridance Dance Center (126 E. 13th) on Sun, April 29 12:00-2:00pm to be considered for a scholarship. Find out more here.

For those unable to pay via credit card, or for whom credit card service fees might be a barrier to attending, please contact info@tiffanymillscompany.org

I have been challenged, embattled and brought to the brink of creativity and exhaustion, but I would do it over again in a heartbeat…I am humbled and very privileged to have been embraced by your fold of warm and talented artists. - Intensive Dancer

CURRICULUM

Our 13th Annual Summer Partnering Intensive provides an in-depth exploration into partnering, improvisation, and the Company's creative process. We will dive into weight, space, gravity, and momentum as tools to fly. We will push boundaries, test extremes, and enjoy falling, in pursuit of finding a rich language and meaningful journey. –Tiffany Mills

Partnering Lab
June 4–June 8, 10:00am–12:15pm

We begin by bringing attention to our internal environment, working primarily with imagery and breath. From here we focus on tools to access weight, space, gravity, and momentum. We hone and sensitize ourselves to various qualities and states by bringing awareness to the layers of our body (skin, bone, muscle, organs, etc). Special attention is directed to our senses, heightening all five, to become better at listening and dialoguing through movement. We demystify partnering by looking at the structural basics in the roles of basing and flying. Our progression into weight-bearing duets includes delving further into anatomical structures, destabilizing movement habits and assumptions, while recognizing and nurturing different personalities and individual predispositions. We encourage risk-taking and welcome unfamiliarity. Class culminates with physically robust partnering improvisations where students can draw upon their experiences throughout the class. We actively straddle the line between conscious, intellectual engagement, and abandonment, making space for movement and interactions that surprise and resonate.

Group Forms
June 4–June 8, 12:45pm–3:00pm

This class builds on the skills cultivated in our Partnering Lab, delving further into group-driven improvisation. As we build familiarity and trust within the class, our physical possibilities expand, allowing for a deeper exploration of sight, touch, weight, and momentum. Improvisational structures (trios, quartets, quintets, etc.) are substantial, layered and invite complex problem solving. Students are encouraged to make decisions and bold choices that arise spontaneously from an active understanding of self, an energetic and tactile awareness of others, and a compositional mindset. Company repertory (both set and scored) will also be used as a springboard to continue digging into the nature of working fearlessly in groups, making honest and truthful decisions, and inhabiting both the foreground and background of spontaneous composition. As class grows to full-group improvisational scores, we will balance our individual desires with the needs of the group, and we listen intently in order to move with clarity, confidence, abandon, and risk.

Noon-time Showings:
Company Showing (June 4): 12-1pm
Participant Showing with Community Participation (June 8): 12-1pm
RSVP: info@tiffanymillscompany.org

The Participant Showing is all-inclusive. The community will be invited to participate in a simple score to warm-up. Intensive participants will share a series of scored improvisations drawn from explorations in class. A dialogue will follow. Free and open to the public.

FACULTY

Tiffany Mills is a choreographer and artistic director of the NYC-based Tiffany Mills Company. Mills moved to NYC in 1995, and formed Tiffany Mills Company in 2000, earning praise from The New York Times: “Mills is making a name for herself as a young modern-dance innovator.” Recent highlights: The company celebrated its 15th Anniversary Season at LaMama in their La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival (2016). Prior, the company was selected by BAM, in collaboration with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management (DVIAM) at the Kennedy Center, to participate in the inaugural session of BAM’s Professional Development Program, which culminated in a NYC Season at the BAM Fisher (2013). The company’s past collaborative work has been presented at: PICA’s TBA Festival (OR), Wexner Center (OH), Contemporary Dance Theater/NPN (OH), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Residency (MA), Dance Place (DC), Guggenheim Museum Works & Process Series, Duke on 42nd Street, Symphony Space Dance Sampler, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Dancing in the Streets, Joyce SoHo, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Danspace Project’s City/Dans Series, Dance Theater Workshop Fresh Tracks, PS 122 Avant Garde Arama, Movement Research at Judson Church, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, HERE, and in Russia, Italy, Mexico and Canada.The company holds an annual winter and summer intensive (2006-present). Mills’ guest teaching includes: Trisha Brown Studios, Dance New Amsterdam, Gibney Dance Center, The Playground, Earthdance (MA), Velocity (WA), Conduit (OR), ACDA, universities nationally, and festivals internationally. Mills has received awards, and residencies: NYU’s Tisch Summer Dance Festival (15), CUNY Dance Initiative Residencies (14-15, 17), BAM/DVIAM PDP (12-13), Joyce’s Mellon Anchor Tenant Program (11-16), Baryshnikov Arts Center Residency (10), Dance New Amsterdam Residency (10), Joyce Residency (07-08), Field Residency (08), LMCC Swing Space Residency (08-09, 12), Bogliasco/Jerome Robbins Foundation Fellowships (Italy 07), Help Desk (05-06), HERE’s Artist Residency (02-03), Dance/NYC Artistic Advisory Board (02-03), ACDFA Adjudicator (04, 07, 16), Tribeca Performing Arts Center/LMCC Space Grant (05-06), University of Oregon Alumni Award & Boekhelheide Creativity Award (05 & 06), Bates Dance Festival Emerging Choreographer Award (98). Funding includes: Asian Cultural Council, Mertz Gilmore (via La MaMa), Evelyn Sharp, Harkness (via HERE), LMCC/FFCC, DCA, BAC/JPMC, BAC/DCA, BAC/NYSCA, BAC/Destination Brooklyn, Bossak/Heilbron, Sorin Charitable Trust, Puffin, MCAF, Meet the Composer, American Music Center, and New Music USA. Mills hails from Eugene, Oregon (BA University of Oregon, MFA Ohio State University). www.tiffanymillscompany.org

Jordan Morley is a skinny man with a wide imagination. He works in the field of the body, creating performance through dance, video, text and puppetry. His work has been shown around the world. Highlights include REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA), Baryshnikov Arts Center (New York, NY), STUFFED at Judson Church/Bailout Theater (New York, NY), Triskelion Arts (Brooklyn, NY), The Museum of Moving Image (Queens, NY), The Detroit Institute of the Arts (Detroit, MI), and Uferstudios (Berlin, DE). He is a recipient of a New Music USA grant with composer John Glover for their work "Snow". As a dancer he was a member of the original cast of Punchdrunk's Sleep No More (London, UK/Boston, MA/New York, NY), and has worked with Kyle Abraham/Abraham In Motion, Keely Garfield, Christopher Williams Dance, Ron De Jesus Dance, Wanda Gala, Mira Kingsley, Alexandria Yalj, Jessica Mitrani, Phantom Limb Puppet Company, and Danielle Desnoyers (Montreal, QC). Currently he is working with Amber Sloan and recently created a new music, movement, and neon piece with composer Mary Kouyoumdjian. He joined the Tiffany Mills Company in 2015 and is excited to learn new things and create with the company. www.jordanmorley.com



Kenneth Olguin is a Brooklyn-based dance artist and performer. Olguin joined Tiffany Mills Company in Fall 2015 and performed his first evening length work, After the Feast, with the company at La Mama the following spring. Outside of his time at TMC, he deeply invests himself in the sustainability of dance and art making communities. He currently holds the position of Assistant Technical Director at Abrons Arts Center, while continuing as a freelance theater technician and performer. He graduated from Bennington College in 2014 with a BA concentrating in dance and psychology. In college, Olguin studied under and worked with Gwen Welliver, Kota Yamazaki, and Susan Sgorbati, assisting in the development of new works set on students. Since graduating, Olguin attended American Dance Festival's summer and winter programs where he worked with such artists as Jack Ferver, Netta Yerushalmy and Rosie Herrera. Moving forward, he hopes to continue to invest in and explore the generous and large dance community in NYC.



Nik Owens is from Altadena, California where he began his movement experience with gymnastics at age three and continued at a competitive level until he was 19. He began dancing at Wesleyan University and graduated with a BA in Dance and a certificate in Environmental Studies. He has worked with Nicholas Leichter, Tania Isaac, Kyle Abraham and has performed works by Vanessa Tamburi, The Dance Exchange, Gierre Godley’s Project 44, Mersiha Mesihovic’s Circuit Debris, Helen Simoneau Danse, Bryn Cohn + Artists, and Abdul Latif's D2D/T. Nik currently dances with Raja Kelly's thefeath3rtheory, David Dorfman Dance, and is very excited to be working with Tiffany Mills Company.



Emily Pope is a performing artist, teacher, choreographer, and video artist. She is an alumnus of the North Carolina School of the Arts (1991). She received her BFA in Dance Performance/Choreography from The Ohio State University (1997) and her MFA in Dance/Choreography from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts (2007). She has performed/toured with White Wave Young Soon Kim Dance Company, Malcolm Low, johannes wieland, Gerald Casel, Bridget Moore Dance, Chimaera Physical Theater, BalletMet Ohio, and Charleston Ballet Theatre. She currently performs with, Hilary Easton + Co., Tamar Rogoff Performance Projects, Douglas Dunn and Dancers, and Tiffany Mills Company. She created HoverBound Productions in 2006, and her choreography and video work has been produced in New York at The DUMBO Dance Festival, Wave Rising Series, Cool NY Festival, St. Mark's Church, Mulberry Street Theatre, Chez Bushwick, 3rd Ward, and The TANK. She is extremely excited to be a dancer and rehearsal assistant for the Tiffany Mills Company!



Mei Yamanaka is a dancer and choreographer from Japan. She moved to New York in 2008 and has worked and collaborated with artists including: Mark Dendy Projects, Jennifer Archibald, Katy Pyle, Patricia Noworol Dance Theater, Jody Oberfelder, Dai Jian, Palissimo, Oui Danse, Catherine Galasso, among others. Her work has been seen at Fresh Tracks at New York Live Arts, Movement Research at Judson Church, Under Exposed and Crossing Boundaries at Dixon Place, "Take Roots" Series at Green Space, "Collaborations in Dance Festival" and "Split Bill" Series at Triskelion Arts, Mix Festival at HERE, and more. She was a "Fresh Tracks" residency artist at Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts) in 2010-2011. She was also a residency artist at Chez Bushwick Artist In Residence: Cycle 1, in 2014 at Chez Bushwick. She joined Tiffany Mills Company in 2013 and is really happy to be part of the Company!!! www.meiyamanaka.com

TESTIMONIALS FROM RECENT INTENSIVE PARTICIPANTS

I have been challenged, embattled and brought to the brink of creativity and exhaustion, but I would do it over again in a heartbeat...I am humbled and very privileged to have been embraced by your fold of warm and talented artists.

I'm so grateful for getting the chance to explore under your guidance! To be able to learn and play alongside such intelligent and kind individuals was such a treat. Looking forward to joining in the fun again in the future. Thank you!

Thank you again for the incredibly meaningful and educational intensive with you and your company. I learned a ton about partnering, but I learned even more about myself -- both as a person and a dancer.

Not only did Tiffany Mills bring an awareness to the fundamentals of movement but she shined a light on the human condition through collaborative exploration in such a subtle and beautiful way!

Photography: Julie Lemberger, julielemberger.com (Copyright 2017).

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