Sunday, February 22, 1 – 3pm
Skinner Releasing Technique™ (SRT) is the pioneering approach to dancing that has evolved from the simple principle that when we are releasing tension and habitual holding patterns, we can move more freely, powerfully, and articulately. In Releasing, spontaneous movement evoked by guided poetic imagery, music, and sound enables a creative exploration of technical principles such as multi-directional alignment, suppleness, suspension, economy, and autonomy. Releasing engages the imagination and involves the whole self, which integrates technical growth and creative process. There are fifteen introductory Skinner Releasing classes, open to both professionals and beginners.
Laurel Jenkins is a choreographer and dancer creating new dance theater works in Los Angeles. She was a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 2007-2012. In her youth, Jenkins and her peers founded the Vermont Fairytale Theater and cooperatively devised original plays. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, she danced with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and was certified in the Skinner Releasing Technique. She went on to dance with Vicky Shick, and Sara Rudner, to perform in plays directed by John Jesurun and Nick Olcott, and to choreograph for Elise Kermani’s films. While in NYC, she was a member of the Puppet Lab at St. Anne’s Warehouse. Her work has been shown in NY at: Danspace Project, Joyce SoHo, Judson Church, Dixon Place and the NY Fringe, and in LA at: Automata, Highways, Pieter, the Fowler Museum, and the Hammer Museum. Internationally, she has been presented at the Prague Fringe, Decoda at Coventry University, U.K., and Improvisation Xchange, Berlin. She currently teaches at UCLA in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance and at Pieter in LA, and internationally at Tilt in Milan and Independent Dance in London. Jenkins recently set Trisha Brown’s Drift in Switzerland for Le Mouvement: Performing the City/Biel Bienne and will teach at PARTS in Brussels this March.
photo by Alex Vigano.