January 9 – Myrrhia Rodriguez
January 16 – Betti Johnson
January 23 – Jmy James Kidd
January 30 – Jmy James Kidd
February 6 – 10:30am-1:30pm *3 hour class: Simone Forti
February 13 – 10:30am-1:30pm *3 hour class: Simone Forti
February 20 – 10:30am-1:30pm *3 hour class: Simone Forti
February 27 – Dorothy Dubrule
March 6 – Jen Hong
March 13 – Alexx Shilling
March 20 – Jen Hong
March 27 – Alexx Shilling
Jen Hong: Walking from the Bones: Pt. 2
Regardless of a cultural tendency to concieve of our body’s structure in straight lines and flat surfaces, our curved, spiraling, wave-formed body-plan persists. This reality is reflected in nature, in the way objects and even light move through this universe. Simplistic models are a pretext for error, so could it be that the attempt to move our joints along monoplanes is causing undue stress and injury? Could an investigation of our bone-structure help us nuance our movement strategies? Can this study help us find grace, power and virtuosity? In this class, we will look intensively at the bones, both separately, and as a connected system; mining for clues that might indicate or help us discover how we were meant to move.
A life-long dancer, Jen Hong began her modern dance training at Reed College in Portland, OR. A Watson Fellowship recipient, Jen graduated with a BA in Chinese Literature, pursued dance training at the Beijing Dance Academy and American Dance Festival, and was on-call for Stomp. In the Northwest, Jen performed with Keith V. Goodman/Dance Gatherer, Tere Mathern Dance, Oslund + Co, and danced and toured nationally for six seasons with Minh Tran + Co. In LA, Jen has danced with Stephanie Nugent, Body Weather Laboratory, Rosanna Tavarez and most recently Laurel Jenkins. In her recent choreographic work, she explores the use of improvisation in performance. In addition, Jen co-facilitates the Santa Monica Contact Improv Jam and has a private practice as an energy healer in a modality called The Awakening Process, often collaborating with Jeffrey Nash. She has recently been exploring a set of tools known as The Axis Syllabus, founded by Frey Faust, which she hopes will provide a container to explore her own research and continued collaboration with dance artists.