May 9, 2012
Luther College juniors Josh Dale and Calli Micale, and Amanda Hamp, Luther assistant professor of dance, recently presented at Performatica: International Forum of Contemporary Dance and Movement Arts in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico.
Hosted by the dance faculty at the Universidad de las Americas, the week-long forum includes workshops, laboratories, creation intensives and performances by 45 teaching artists from Mexico, the United States and Ireland.
"It is important to note that among the 45 teaching artists from Mexico, the U.S. and Ireland, Calli and Josh were the only two teachers of undergraduate age and educational status," said Hamp. "All other teaching artists have completed degrees of at least the undergraduate level, many hold terminal degrees in dance, and all have professional experience in the field."
Performatica's mission is to facilitate international and intercultural exchange of practices, knowledge, theory and culture as related to the contemporary discourse of body movement, expression and philosophy. It focuses on exchange among professional dance artists and teachers, and provides an artistic immersion experience for undergraduate students.
Dale's workshop, titled "Setting the Movement: The Choreographer's Choice with Rhythm," facilitated a technique he is developing for choreographers and dancers. It is an imagistic, spatial grid that provides the participant with a tool for experiencing and making creative and choreographic choices with time and rhythm.
Micale's workshop, "Liberating the Body: Embracing Holism in Dance," intertwines her studies in dance and religion. She guided participants through an exploration of their own body-soul relationship and aimed to guide them toward a less dualistic, more connected sense of body and soul.
Hamp performed a solo dance, "The Rest of Alice," supported by the H. George and Jutta F. Anderson Faculty Award, and facilitated a workshop in Open Source Forms, an imagery-based physical practice and technique for facilitating creative process.
In addition to presenting their own work, Dale, Micale and Hamp participated in two workshops daily, participated in week-long creation intensives rehearsal projects, which culminated in performances at the close of the forum, and attended nightly performances, each consisting of five or more works by different artists.
To be selected for presentation, Dale and Micale first participated in an open application process for students interested in attending and presenting at Performatica through the Luther theatre/dance department. The Luther application process employed the same content guidelines and format as the Performatica submission process.
Dale and Micale's proposals were reviewed and approved by a panel of three theatre/dance faculty members, who then made recommendations for revision. After revision, the two submitted their proposals and were selected for presentation.
Financial support for the students and faculty to attend Performatica was provided by the theatre/dance department, Dean's Office and honors program at Luther College.