Sponsored by Department of Visual and Performing Arts
Rehearsals Sunday 4/21— Tuesday 4/23: 6:30-9:30pm
+ Wednesday 4/24, 6:30 p.m. with Performance at 9 p.m.
Center for the Arts—Studio II
Nick Bryson will be on campus for a residency Sunday, April 21—Wednesday, April 24. While he's here, he'll perform, visit classes, and create a new work with students! Plus, another guest artist, Jeff Wallace, will join him a couple days in.
The performance Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. will include a new work, a solo by Nick, and a duet by Nick & Jeff. The new work with students will be made out of the following workshop/rehearsal process. The only requirement for students is that they be able to attend all rehearsals for the full length of time.
“Body Points (of Departure)”
At this point in his work, Nick is pursuing a need for expansiveness with dancers …and waiting.. for expansiveness. This statement is made as a way to delineate the working themes from any sort of limit. The aim is for non-dualism, the making of art in the studio being concerned with discernment rather than judgement, inclusion through group reflection, rather than hierarchical prescription. The process is loosely based on the idea of a question like ‘In what way are you capable? (Whereas ‘Are you capable?’ has a one-word answer). A group space that is expansive leads us from one idea to the next. This will translate into the choreographic space in a process prioritizing deadline-free environment. Specifically … echoing some Nick’s early work, yet with a deepened awareness for the sensations in the body, the brief research period will ask ‘How does a trained or training dancer come to a space that is a somatic and over-ridingly concerned with the felt sense and attunement to self? Can an intention within such a space still be performative? From where do we find a beginning middle and end? And crafted art piece?
Nick Bryson trained at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance (Leeds) 94-97, The School for New Dance Development (Amsterdam) 98-00 and The University of Limerick 05-06 where he obtained a Masters with First Class Honours in Contemporary Dance Performance. He is currently and for the last 4 years been Co-Artistic Director of Legitimate Bodies Dance Company with Cristina Goletti. Nick also has huge experience of dance, choreography and mixed media improvisation including with dance companies Daghdha (Limerick), Rebus (Cork) and Factotum (Belfast).
Questions? Contact Jane M. Hawley, 563-387-1694