The following master classes and workshops represent a sample of AC/P offerings intended for professional dancers and pre-professional students. Content and format can be tailored to fit particular curricular goals and timeframes. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss possibilities.
Alison Chase shares her unique approach using improvisation to teach weight sharing techniques, performance, and collaboration. AC/P company members will assist in the skeleton-to-skeleton technique of weight sharing. This gathering of professionals, providing close individual attention, is a rare opportunity to build and solidify partnering and improvisation skills, two essential tools for expanding one's expressive vocabulary and creating a stronger performer. Duration and frequency of workshops is flexible, but a minimum of three sessions is recommended.
Great dance comes from original expression that breaks new boundaries. In this course, Alison will work with professional and pre-professional dancers to explore tools for developing innovative work. Through movement sketching, improvisation, sharing, and refining students will:
Appropriate for all movement genres. Prior composition study required.
Sound is a dynamic partner in the choreographic process. Learning how to pair movement with sound effectively expands one’s choreographic voice. Through structured improvs and short set phrases we will explore a variety of musical/sound options. New technologies and software advances now offer an even wider field of selection. We will explore and discuss how an audio line amplifies, supports, destroys, counterpoints, or interfaces with the movement. We will investigate the pros and cons of: starting with the audio line, adding the audio after the choreographic process, using an improvised accompaniment, having an original score, or engineering sound montages. Students should bring three pre-recorded audio files that are as different as possible from each other and that you think have choreographic potential to jump-start this loud, lively, or silent discussion.
Alison Chase has created over 50 works for the stage over the course of her career. In depth exploration of her groundbreaking repertoire provides students with a unique opportunity to develop valuable performance experience through exposure to significant and influential choreography taught by the artist herself.
Ms. Chase has taught these and other advanced courses at institutions including: