A weekly movement session exploring a myriad of techniques and flows with rotating instructors directed by artists Diane Firtell and Stefanie Weber.
Every Saturday morning for one hour we will present different ways to: approach movement, develop space body sensation, step into groove, experiment with phrasing and routine, enjoy dancing from within with others, and strengthen our community of passionate movers and dancers. All of this accompanied by inspired eclectic playlists!
We will draw from a local community of skilled instructors with established forms such as NIA, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Gyrotonic, Feldenkrais, Alexander, Tango, Ballet, Butoh, Contact Improv, Hip Hop, Continuum and more. We will invite emerging and seasoned instructors and experimenters who are looking to collaborate, innovate, share and support our growing alliance.
*Instructors and class focus will be announced weekly. Check back here weekly for instructor announcements. The schedule will be subject to change. Please inquire if you are interested in being a guest teacher one week. Go here for more information.
A dance class that you can depend on through at least the end of the year and longer… if we’re lucky. The class is titled Contemporary Jazz Dance, but as many of you know there are numerous vectors of dance meeting here in this space and I teach to who is in the room while maintaining an overarching vision of technique and artistry.
Factory Secrets from AUTO MOBILE BODY WORKS (Scene 1)
Creatures of Habitat Physical Poetry Public Performance Project
Vision, Direction, Body, Choreography, Production: Stefanie L. Weber
Editing: Michael Sinopoli/ Greylock Productions
Music: Secrets by Electric Soft Parade
*This piece is one of 4 and was created solely for large-scale outdoor projection on structures.
Special thanks to: Thomas White/Electric Soft Parade, Kinesphere Movement Arts Studio in Lee, MA, Greylock Productions, The Pittsfield Cultural Council, Shira Lynn Wohlberg and Rachael Schwartz
The Whitney Center for the Arts at 42 Wendell Ave in Pittsfield announces presentation of Tap & Blues: Two White Girls and The Backbeat on August 5, 2016 at 8p as part of August’s First Friday events.
Tap & Blues is a collaborative duo of Berkshire-based musical artists, Stefanie Weber and Robin O’Herin. Pittsfield native Weber is an action-based dance artist most known for her international dance work, They Dance For Rain, in Nairobi, Kenya. O’Herin is a touring blues and gospel musician, specializing in historically rich concerts that feature original and traditional Delta blues. Together they create a new and bold rhythmic conversation that is both intensely raw and intricate as they revisit classic American tap dance and blues steps, songs and stories. Spend an evening with these Two White Girls and The Backbeat and be immersed in the boundless landscape of two exceptional American art forms.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Pittsfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information about Tap & Blues visit fertileuniverse.com. For more information about the The Whitney Center for Arts and it’s programs, visit thewhit.org
(photo by Diane Firtell © 2015)