The Monday Morning Class Series, Curated by Stacy Dawson Stearns, has fallen in love with the NIGHT. We changed. We bid adieu to the day. Fall with us into the dark comfort of evening as we continue the ongoing exchange of body-based creative practices led by teaching artists who practice within the phases of consciousness and creation. Nourish your practice and embrace Lunacy. #getheetoclass @MNCPieter
January 14: Jessie Young // TECHNIQUE(S) CLASS: COMING OUT OF RETIREMENT
For experienced movers or movers looking for an experience, dance practices and rituals that focus on supportive alignment, strength building, endurance and guided improvisations within the context of personal and group awareness. Class begins with exercises laying on the floor, coming up to standing, walking around the space, stretching, yawning, singing. Throughout class is a focus on building strength and endurance through thoughtful alignment and a developed sense of listening to and releasing into exhaustion and fatigue. Movement will travel through the space (running, prancing, phrase work) with an emphasis on personal/group care, spatial awareness and experimentation. Simple movement, loud music and sweat.
I am a choreographer, dancer and teacher living in Brooklyn. My work manifests as a relational experience, whether an hour-long dance performance or a series of photographs documenting bodies in space. My creative process is a mercurial experience of constructing and distilling an atmosphere. I immerse myself in a process of slippage, collaging embodied and visual practices and then listening to the reverberations in the material.
My work has been presented by Danspace Project, New York Live Arts, AUNTS (Mt. Tremper) FringeArts, The Current Sessions, Festival International de Teatro Susana Alexander (Mexico), Fleet Moves Dance Festival (Cape Cod), Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (Illinois), the Domestic Performance Agency and extensively in Chicago with institutions such as Links Hall, Chicago Home Theater Festival, Chicago Dance Crash, and The Inconvenience. I am a New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks Artist for 2017-18, collaborating on a duet with Jasmine Hearn and an Artist-in-Residence at Brooklyn Studios for Dance (2018). I performed with Abby Z and the New Utility for the past four years in her works “On the Line” and “Abandoned Playground” and am currently in process Stephanie Acosta and Julie Mayo for her upcoming show at The Chocolate Factory (October, 2018). In addition to performing in my own work, have performed and collaborated in the works of The Seldoms, Kristina Isabelle Dance Company, Khecari Dance Theater, The Moving Architects, The Space/Movement Project, The Space We Make, Julie Mayo, Stephanie Acosta, Nico Brown, Sara Gurevich and Erin Kilmurray among others. I hold a BFA from the University of Utah and an MFA from the University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign. In addition to my work as a choreographer, dancer and dance teacher I also work as a pilates and yoga instructor (<500 hour).
Monday Night Class Fall Season: the Lunacy series
SEPT 10,17 and 24 // ODEYA NINI
OCT 1,8,15 // Phillip T. NAILS
OCT 21,28 // BRIAN GETNICK and DOROTHY DUBRULE
NOV 5, 12 // JESSICA EMMANUEL
NOV 19, 26, DEC 3 // MILKA DJORDJEVICH
DEC 10, 17 // STACY DAWSON STEARNS
JAN 7 // GREGORY BARNETT
JAN 14 // JESSIE YOUNG