The Global Body Dance Intensive

June 13, 2017 - 10:00am to June 23, 2017 - 3:00pm

Barbara Barker Center for Dance

This June, the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance presents the two-week Global Body Dance Intensive (DNCE 3701, 2 credits). The intensive is taught by lecturer and dancer Michel Kouakou, director of the contemporary dance company Daara Dance. The intensive offers contemporary technique mixed with Afro fusion and live drumming by Guei Caph, a master drummer from west Africa. The workshop will emphasize a unique way for dancers to embrace a singular language while anticipating the flow of their movement.

The AFASAM Technique is inspired by the intersection of dance technique from three continents combined with a contemporary notion. The name AFASAM was derived from the first two alphabetical letters of three continents: Africa, Asia and America. The movement vocabulary offers an in-depth experience on how to unleash a contained moving body within its spiritual realm while being rhythmically present in space. The blend of West African dances, mostly known for their spiritual and percussive orientation, with Butoh, dealing with the inner part of the body, alongside the western Modern dance technique that emphasizes the alignment of the body and space, combines to create a free flow and dynamic movement that describes the spectrum of the AFASAM Technique. This class is a physical practice to build an advanced body, brain, and artistic spirit with a concept of weight within the execution of each movement.

Class Schedule:

Technique: 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Lunch: 12:30–1:00 p.m.
Repertoire: 1:00–3:00 p.m.

There will be an informal showing on Friday, June 23, at 2:00 p.m.

University of Minnesota students should register for this intensive through the regular online registration system. Non-University students should follow the registration instructions for non-degree-seeking students to take part in the course.