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2015 Summer Schedule


Saturday, May 23rd - On the Page & the Stage: a Dual Workshop in Creative Writing and Choreography

Melissa Buckheit

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM with Melissa Buckheit

$30

In this weekend morning workshop, we’ll engage with two parallel art forms: the written word on the canvas of the page and the gestural body sculpting the space of the stage. Our American culture promotes the idea of a single artistic identity—for artists and art-makers of all ages—both professional and amateur. This identity is often inaccurate, false and limiting, as many artists find themselves naturally drawn to and “making” in two or three media or forms: literature, visual art, dance, music, theatre, film, etc… And why not create like this? Accordingly, in this 3-hour workshop, we will intentionally cultivate a dual practice in the written word and movement—literature and dance. There will be no limits about what genre of literature or lineage/style of dance you wish to work in during the workshop, although writing structures and choreography forms will be offered. In the first 1.5 hours, the class will work on a piece of writing—poetry, prose hybrid, fiction, genre, serial forms—which we will optionally share and workshop; in the second 1.5 hours, the class will work on a sequence of choreography—a short dance that can be performed within two minutes—which we will optionally share and workshop. Students can choose to carry over a theme between the two art forms (and link them) or not. We will discuss the merits of working in multiple forms, and whether they need to interact to be successful (not necessarily!). Students should come prepared with a notebook, pen, a couple of clothing layers for warmth while dancing, water and a snack. This class is open to writers, movers, pro dancers, non-pro artists ages 7-Adult.

Melissa Buckheit is a poet, dancer/choreographer, photographer, English Lecturer and professional Bodywork Therapist. She is the author of Noctilucent (Shearsman Books, 2012), Arc (The Drunken Boat, 2007), and her poems, translations, photography, essays, critical interviews and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in HerKind, The VOLTA, Denver Quarterly, Tarpaulin Sky, The Drunken Boat, Sinister Wisdom, Can-Can, Bombay Gin, Cutthroat, Spiral Orb, Shearsman Magazine, Blue Fifth Review and Sonora Review, among others. Poet Olga Broumas has described her poetry as deploying “the sensory intricacies of high lyric, iridescent candor & dynamic range to serve our imagination an eclectic feast of electrifying, intimate, thermospheric meditations.” Buckheit translates the poet Ioulita Iliopoulou from Modern Greek, and is a recipient of the American Poets Honorary Award, a Tucson-Pima Arts Council Dance grant, and two Pushcart Prize nominations. She has performed her original choreography in Boston, Boulder and Tucson, and as a member/in collaboration with Brandeis Dance Collective, Zuzi Dance Company & New Articulations Dance. She is the founder and curator of the innovative, diverse Edge Reading Series for Emerging and Younger Writers, in its eighth year at Casa Libre en la Solana, a writing center in Tucson. Buckheit holds an M.F.A. in Poetry from Naropa University and a B.A. in English/American Literature, Dance/Theatre and French from Brandeis University. She has taught Creative Writing, Poetry, Literature, Composition at University of Arizona and Pima College since 2005, and taught Modern Dance, Choreography, Aerial Trapeze and Creative Writing for Youth at Zuzi Dance Company, Arts for All and The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, since 2008.

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Saturday, May 23rd - Anton Smith Sampler: Hip Hop, African, Brazilian, Heels...

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM with Anton Smith

$20

This is a sampler class of Anton Smith's areas of expertise in dance: Hip Hop, African, Brazilian, and dancing in Heels. Please bring sneakers (no white soles) and heels to class.

Anton Smith is the founder and artistic director of The Human Project, Arizona's first and longest running professional urban dance company. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Anton discovered his love of the movement arts as a child through emulating music videos and TV dance shows. His mother noticed his interest and enrolled him in a neighborhood performing arts program where he was introduced to music, drama, contemporary and West African dance. The program provided him the privilege of training and studying with many notable artists in the Philadelphia/New York area and the opportunity to choreograph, perform and teach throughout the United States. After serving a brief stint in the military that re-located him to Arizona, Anton enrolled into the Bachelor of Fine Arts program for dance at the University of Arizona where he received the Honors College and Medici Scholars awards for choreography. His work has been featured in the college's Spring Collection and Premium Blend concert series. While a student at U of Arizona he formed The Human Project and has been blessed to have shared the stage with such notables as R&B recording artists Ashanti and R. Kelly. Internationally, The Human Project has toured to Central and South America to study with renowned companies Bale Folklorico da Bahia in Brazil and Dance 2XS Mexico.

In addition he has danced alongside popular Latin recording artists like Yuri, Paty Cantu, Wisin & Andel and been featured on shows like The Voice (Mexico) and various Coca-Cola promotional ads. His choreography has won awards from the National Dance Alliance, Showstoppers USA and Hollywood Connection to name a few. As an educator Anton has been an Artist in Resident for TUSD and The University of Arizona, teaching hip hop from a historical vantage point and other dances from the African diaspora. He has also worked with many arts, educational and community service organizations, including the YWCA/YMCA, Tucson/Pima Arts Council, Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation and Pima County Democratic Party.

Anton's work comes from a place of inherent cultural awareness, yet his diverse background in dance and an understanding of the arts affords him the ability to reach audiences unfamiliar with the urban dance lexicon while staying true to what he represents as an artist.

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Sunday, May 24th - Releasing with Live Music

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM with Nanette Robinson, live music by Adam Cooper-Terán, Michael Dauphinais, & Glenn Weyant

$30

Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT) is an innovative approach to dance and movement training developed by Joan Skinner in the early 1960s. SRT reveals the natural grace in every human being and taps into transforming states of consciousness that awaken the Dance within. SRT lets us practice letting go: letting go of stress, letting go of unnecessary holding in our body, letting go of pre-conceptions about what is supposed to happen, letting go of fear of awkwardness, letting go of the belief that we somehow don't have the “right body.” 

Through this practice we find energy and power and rediscovery of our natural alignment, improving strength and flexibility, and awakening creativity and spontaneity. The poetic imagery used in SRT often conveys a sense of effortlessness – of being moved rather than commanding movement – and fosters a safe environment in which the individual can release excess tension and open into spaciousness. Tactile exercises are used to give the imagery immediate physical effect in the movements of participants.

Nanette Robinson, choreographer, educator and dancer is ZUZI! Co-Founder and Artistic Director, holds a BFA in Dance from Temple University and is an introductory and ongoing certified instructor of Skinner Releasing.   She has travelled internationally teaching and performing and has extensive experience as an aerial dancer and teacher having worked with Robert Davidson and Terry Sendgraff. Nanette’s choreography has been showcased locally with O-T-O, Zenith Dance Collective, Arts for All, University of Arizona Dance Department, Rick Wamer, “Mythos” Project, NEW ARTiculations, Funhouse Movement Theater, The Tucson Poetry Festival, the ADAA Showcase and the Flagstaff Summer Dance Festival. Nanette is currently teaching at Paolo Freire School, with Mirasol Recovery Treatment Program and ZUZI! School.  She is thrilled to be a part of ZUZI!. It has been her home and artistic toolbox for creating dances,  flying, teaching and working with all levels and ages of dance lovers. Nanette is currently in the MFA Dance program at University of Wisconsin.

The Musicians:

Glenn Weyant

Glenn Weyant is a Tucson-based sound activist working with traditional and improvised instruments for more than four decades. Over the past two decades Weyant's sound work has been primarily focused on using a cello bow and implements of mass percussion to “play” the Sonoran Desert’s assorted ephemera, both natural and human. His sound work has been been featured internationally in films, books, photographs, audio recordings and sound installations. Weyant's most recent work is a three part suite composed entirely from City of Tucson field recordings titled: The Sonorous Desert City Project. In 2012 Weyant’s performance of John Cage’s 4'33" performed upon the Nogales Border Wall was included in the New York Public Library/John Cage Trust retrospective: John Cage unbound A Living Archivehttp://www.sonicanta.com/.

Adam Cooper-TeránAdam Cooper-Terán is an award-winning visualist and performer originally from Tucson, Arizona, known for his collaborations with various activists, rabble-rousers, cultural engineers, theater companies, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, painters, poets, et. As a video artist, Adam's work has appeared across the American continent, in Europe, and the Middle East, mostly in the form of installations and performance spectacles. He has featured in galleries, theaters, and institutions such as the National Hispanic Cultural Center, UC Santa Cruz, NYU, Universidad Ciudad Juarez, Arizona State College, Prescott College, MOCA Tucson, Phoenix Art Museum, Galería de la Raza, Highways Performance Space, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and the University of Rostok, Germany. In 2010, Adam was shortlisted for the Guggenheim Youtube Play competition in New York City. In 2011 his group, the US-Mexico collective, Verbo•bala Spoken Video was the recipient of three grants for their performance-installation the Sonoran Strange from the Belle Foundation for Cultural Development, Arizona Commission on the Arts, and Tucson Pima Arts Council. In 2012, Adam completed two residencies in Colombia and a US tour with the international stilt companies Carpetbag Brigade Physical Theater (San Francisco) and Nemcatacoa Teatro (Colombia). In 2013 he received a New Works grant for innovation from the Tucson Pima Arts Council and summer 2014 he was invited to Germany as a guest performer and instructor by the University of Rostock. More of his work can be viewed at antral.net.

Michael DauphinaisMichael Dauphinais is a Tucson-based musician who integrates improvisation, electronic sounds, and field recordings into rich sonic tapestries. An accomplished pianist, Michael has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as a rehearsal pianist and vocal coach at opera companies in Tulsa, Sarasota, Baltimore, Princeton, Louisville, Albuquerque, Phoenix, and other cities across the U.S. In the summer of 2015, he will be teaching pianists and singers in Costa Rica and Austria. He has also devoted much of his energy toward new and experimental music, having performed in recent years with composers Stephan Moore and John King, choreographer Yanira Castro, Movement Salon, Art.If.Act Dance Project, and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, as well as in several contemporary music symposia at The University of Arizona, where he teaches solo and collaborative piano. www.michaeldauphinais.com 

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Wednesday, May 27th - Releasing into Aerial

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM with Nanette Robinson

$15, Ages 14+

This class is an approach to aerial dance through improvisation, partnering and Skinner Releasing Technique (see SRT description).  We will explore approaching the trapezes as a way to create improvised and crafted solo dances or move as partners within an image based landscape.  Formal aspects of trapeze technique will also be addressed as needed but the majority of the class will be exploratory and experiental.  There will be solo times of partnering and shared group dances with the trapeze.  Some aerial experience is required to attend these classes. 

Nanette Robinson, choreographer, educator and dancer is ZUZI! Co-Founder and Artistic Director, holds a BFA in Dance from Temple University and is an introductory and ongoing certified instructor of Skinner Releasing.   She has travelled internationally teaching and performing and has extensive experience as an aerial dancer and teacher having worked with Robert Davidson and Terry Sendgraff. Nanette’s choreography has been showcased locally with O-T-O, Zenith Dance Collective, Arts for All, University of Arizona Dance Department, Rick Wamer, “Mythos” Project, NEW ARTiculations, Funhouse Movement Theater, The Tucson Poetry Festival, the ADAA Showcase and the Flagstaff Summer Dance Festival. Nanette is currently teaching at Paolo Freire School, with Mirasol Recovery Treatment Program and ZUZI! School.  She is thrilled to be a part of ZUZI!. It has been her home and artistic toolbox for creating dances,  flying, teaching and working with all levels and ages of dance lovers. Nanette is currently in the MFA Dance program at University of Wisconsin.

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Thursday May 28th - Creating Character & Embodying Emotion

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM with Paul Galbraith

$20, Ages 14+

Every story needs a character and every character needs emotions. Using guided physical explorations, we will discover many different personalities hidden within our bodies and the physical ways they express themselves. We will learn how to create clear characters and express distinct emotions with our whole selves. Students should wear comfortable clothes in which they can move freely.

Paul Galbraith is a dynamic performer of spoken and physical comedy, burlesque, clown, and mime. Most of his acts tell stories characters' transformations or the duality of their public and secret identities. Whether playing a freshwater turtle in forbidden saltwater love, a tramp with a deal with the devil, or the whole history of modern France, Paul Galbraith dismantles assumptions and defies convention with humor and passion. He has won 6 awards at 5 national burlesque festivals and has performed and taught in nearly every state in the US, in Canada, and in the UK.

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