April 8: Cunningham Technique with Chard Gonzalez
Chard, joined by dancers Tamsin Carlson, Julie Opiel, and Heather Seybolt, shares exercises from the dance technique that Merce Cunningham developed, exploring how the spine and limbs can move independently from one another and in concert.
Chard Gonzalez is a native San Diegan, dance artist, educator and advocate. He has choreographed, performed, and taught dance throughout the USA and Europe. Chard has 25 years experience of teaching ballet and modern techniques, improvisation, choreography and performance skills. In 2009, he established the Chard Gonzalez Dance Theatre in New Orleans. CGDT has since performed throughout the USA and made its Los Angeles premiere in the Spring of 2017. Chard’s approach emphasizes how students can reach their goals in both personal and professional development. He has taught at London Contemporary Dance School, Laban Centre, London Studio Centre, Roehampton University, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, California Ballet School, San Diego Academy of Performing Arts, and Colburn School. Chard teaches Cunningham Technique classes at Pieter Performance Space.