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1414 East Denny Way #5
Seattle, WA, 98122
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Our company is driven by the idea of mythologizing the experience of our senses; creating performances and visual art that challenge the viewer's perception of time and perspective as well as allowing our work's intention to be spacious enough for empathetic experiences to emerge. Our work realizes and exists in the state of liminality- the sense of being 'in-between'. By working across different disciplines, we filter our sensual experiences into the mediums that best embodies a facet of the myth our overall concept is based on.

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FORM/S September 2019

FORM/S is a bi-annual creative workshop in Seattle, WA produced by zoe | juniper that brings together Pacific Northwest, national, and international artists to teach working professionals and pre-professionals in the visual and performing arts. FORM/S aims to expand an artists' capabilities by both deepening an understanding of their primary form and exploring mediums outside of their fields of work through an emergent curriculum. Serving as a forum for artists to share resources as they examine their own processes, FORM/S stimulates the mind, broadens perspectives, and creates connections.


FORM/S: ZOE + GILBERT

SEPTEMBER WORKSHOP at VELOCITY DANCE CENTER

In this 2 day workshop, Gilbert Small and Zoe Scofield tease apart the form of contemporary ballet, examining technique as a tool for expression. Weaving together a kind approach to technical practice with creative exploration, dancers will explore how each playfully informs the other. Drawing, improvisation and physical research into the technical aspects of ballet will allow us to go deeper, accessing greater potential for expression.

Some familiarity with ballet vocabulary is recommended. All levels are encouraged to engage with the practice at their own level.

I am working on the self-healing power of dance. I am curious how community helps with this process.  I learned about dance and community within the dynamics of family. I learned the latest dances, how to follow dance instruction and to share with movement in my family structure. These ideas were later supported when I began dancing in the Gay nightlife scene. The idea of the cypher was also an important part of my early development as a dancer as it was a space to see and be seen. It  was  a space to communicate your deepest truths. It  was  spiritual.  I am interested in using the ideas of Street and Club dance to explore healing rituals while harnessing the power of our collective thoughts and energies as a means of support and love. I am less concerned about what your body can do in space and more focused on who you are. I want to open the space, so dancers can give themselves permission to be their full selves with no room for judgement of self and others. How do we abandon the ideas of what we think dance is to allow our bodies to be more free in movement? How do we create space for ourselves to reach our max in performance? These are just a few questions that I am asking myself.  Class will be focused on House dance movement. Movement will be taught from the tradition of African and African Diasporic dance. We will also discuss the history of House dance as an African and Latin diasporic dance form. We will use this foundation with structured improvisation and to cypher as I ask each dancer to move out of their own way to dig deeper in their personal truths.  I have found this to be very emotionally draining for some, but ultimately spirit cleansing.
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Gilbert’s Biography

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, GILBERT SMALL started his professional ballet training at the age of 10 at the Baltimore School for the Arts. He has studied at various summer programs, including Dance Theater of Harlem, Nutmeg Conservatory, Miami City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Springboard Danse Montreal. After graduating from the Baltimore School for the Arts, he continued his studies at the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. While at Purchase, Gilbert was given the opportunity to study abroad at the Hogeschool voor Muziek en Dans in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He has also performed with Toronto-based ProArteDanza. Prior to joining Ballet BC, Gilbert performed for New York-based Sidra Bell Dance New York. This is his 9th season with Ballet BC and his first artistic collaboration with zoe | juniper.

Zoe’s Biography

2015 Guggenheim Fellow Zoe Scofield  is a dance and visual artist based in Seattle Washington since 2002. Born and raised in Gainesville GA, Zoe began ballet at a young age, instilling in her a deep love and interest in structure, discipline and performances’ ability to create a transformative experience. Zoe attended Walnut Hill School for the Arts, an arts high school in Boston MA, receiving a Monticello Choreography Fellowship and graduating with high honors in dance. After, she danced with Prometheus Dance in Boston and Atlas Moves, directed by Bill James in Toronto Canada.

For a full biography, visit the Zoe Scofield company page.

WHEN

SEPTEMBER 13TH + 14TH

12:30PM - 4:00PM

WHERE

VELOCITY DANCE CENTER

1621 12th Ave #100, Seattle, WA 98122

ClASS DESCRIPTION

  • Contemporary ballet class (that is ballet without the capital “B”) with Gilbert Small explores breath, length, awareness, and rhythm, finding line through dynamic opposition, and using weight for sequencing and coordination. This class will use imagery and sensation to go deeper, and connect to our fullest potential. This class is meant to explore and experience.

  • Participants will also engage in a creative practice class with Zoe Scofield. Modulating between technical exercises, drawing, improvisation, and process, participants will work with their particular interests to gain tools for their creative physical explorations.  

CLASS SCHEDULE

Friday, September 13th

12:30pm - 2:00pm - Contemporary Approach to Ballet with Gilbert Small

2:00pm - 4:00pm - Creative Process with Zoe Scofield

Saturday, September 14th

12:30pm - 2:00pm - Contemporary Approach to Ballet with Gilbert Small

2:00pm - 4:00pm - Creative Process with Zoe Scofield

SCHOLARSHIPS

Anyone who has financial need, please email a letter of need and intent to shane@zoejuniper.org

full workshop fees

Admission for 2 days: $75

Past FORM/S Participant Admission for 2 days: $65

We do not provide housing, but we are more than happy to assist with your housing needs.

For questions about FORM/S email shane@zoejuniper.org