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Friday, May 10, 2013

Summerdance 2013 Dance Workshop @ RDT (SLC: June 17-28)

what: In-depth dance workshop with Nina Watt & Kurt Koegel
who:Intermediate/Advanced dancers with extensive dance experience (18+ years of age)
when: June 17-28, 2013 (Monday-Friday, 9 am-4:15 pm)
where: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (138 West 300 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101)
how: Click here to register & learn more

Nina Watt
Nina Watt toured internationally with the Limón Dance Company from 1972-2001, serving as Artistic Associate from 1992-2006. She danced major roles by over 25 choreographers, including two solos made for her by Alwin Nikolais and Doug Varone. Her career included two State Department sponsored tours and a 1995 White House performance. Critically cited as "the perfect Limón dancer," "a dancer of genius" and "one of the most important modern dancers of her generation," Ms. Watt is a 2002 recipient of the New York Dance and Performance Award for Sustained Achievement. She teaches technique and stages Limón repertory worldwide, and is currently Assistant Professor at The Hartt School. She holds a BA from State University of New York, Empire State College and is a Certified Movement Analyst through the Integrated Movement Studies Program.
Kurt Koegel
Kurt Koegel has been exploring movement research and choreographic process and performance for three decades. After 10 years of living and dancing in New York City, he moved to Europe. He has performed and taught in cities across three continents, working for festivals, schools and dance companies especially throughout Europe and Asia. He is known for integrative approach to movement research and choreography that integrates a background in Communication, Architecture and the Visual Arts, alongside continued research in Cognitive Science, Psychology and Contemporary Literature. His other interests include Photography, Poetry, Ski Touring, and Rock Climbing. Currently, he is intensively studying Architecture: researching the exchange of influence between human movement, spatial perception, social interaction - and the design of the built environment.
Repertory Dance Theatre presents Summerdance 2013, an in-depth dance workshop with Master Limón Teacher and Performer, Nina Watt, former dancer with The José Limón Dance Company and Kurt Koegel of Moving Research.
In this two-part workshop students will explore the history and technique of modern dance pioneer, José Limón , and use that knowledge to create contemporary movement and choreography.

Workshop participants will study with Nina Watt daily in Limón Modern Dance Technique. In addition, students will learn Limón Repertory, and will learn sections of the monumental Limón work, Missa Brevis, she is setting on RDT for the 2013-14 Season.

In the afternoon, Kurt Koegel will present a Compositional Skills Suite including:
  • Viewpoints of Composition, an approach to deconstructing choreography into identifiable components to enhance our ability to perceive, analyze and create;
  • Contact and Partnering Skills which focuses on clarity and precision in using duet partner forms for choreographic research
  • Real-Time Composition, the collaborative creation of coherent structure while dancing together.

Throughout the workshop materials and methods will be introduced for practice and experimentation. We will integrate this work in composed studies as well as real-time scores. During daily showings, we will continue to sharpen our compositional sensibility by focusing on specific ways of observing, notating and discussing. More information about Mr. Koegel's experience and teaching style can be found at www.kurtkoegel.org.

Image courtesy of Kurt Koegel.
Image courtesy of Kurt Koegel.
Classes - Daily Schedule
9:00-10:30 am José Limón Modern Technique with Nina Watt10:45-12:15 pmRepertory (learn excerpts from Limón 's Missa Brevis)
12:15-1:15 pm Lunch*
1:15-4:15 pm Compositional Skills Suite with Kurt Koegel
*Twice a week, students will have "Lunch Sessions" with activities ranging from historical videos, lectures, and Q&A sessions with RDT dancers and choreographers.
Saturday Sessions with Kurt Koegel | 12:30-3:30 pmThere will be two additional sessions held on Saturdays open to the public. Students registered for the entire workshop are eligible for a discount. 

June 22 | Coaching for Teachers | Tips and tricks for the craft of guiding. 
June 29 | Contact and Partnering Skills | Clarifying the use of duet partner forms for choreographic research 

RDT dancers in Limon's There is a Time
RDT dancers in Limon's There is a Time
  • Full Workshop THEN & NOW: $550* 
  • THEN - José Limón Workshop (morning only): $300*
  • NOW - Compositional Skills Suite (afternoon only): $300*
  • Educators (full workshop) - $400
  • Technique only: $15 per class (no punch cards accepted) or $125 for the entire two weeks
  • Saturday Sessions: $30/session

If also attending the University of Utah's Salt Dance Fest and/or Ririe Woodbury's Summer Workshop, participants can register for two or three workshops for a discount. 

*Prices will increase by $50 on May 15, 2013. 

Photo courtesy of Kurt Koegel
Photo courtesy of Kurt Koegel
Registration & More
  • Click here to fill out the registration form.
  • Must register by June 1, 2013.
  • Housing options are available.
  • University credit for teachers and currently enrolled students is available for an additional $150/credit hour paid to the University of Utah.
  • Call 801-534-1000 or email lynne@rdtutah.org with any questions.
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1 comment:

  1. That is pretty cool, my Daughter has been thinking of going to a summer dance workshop here in Illinois next year. She has been getting into dancing this past year.