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Moving Together: A Contemporary Dance Workshop with Naomi Gwynn
Tue August 31, 2021 @ 18:30 - 20:30
On August 31 from 6:30 – 8:30pm, Naomi Gwynn will be joined by Horizons Collectif (Lou Salem and Adele Ross) to host a 2-hour contemporary movement and creation workshop open to all levels! This workshop, hosted at Espace 215, will focus heavily on sensory-based movement research and utilize choreographic and improvisation tools to search for new pathways, opportunities, and avenues to bring movement into and through the body. Participants are not expected to have any background in dance or movement.
The intention is to foster an environment and experience that will allow participants to easily access and engage with movement at their own pace, to feel comfortable in their bodies, as well as to feel inspired and equipped with new tools and a lens for continued engagement with movement, dance, choreography, and self-expression.
In the spirit of the Tikkun Olam framework – a concept within Judaism that emphasizes the power of small acts of service and kindness – the intention with this workshop is to foster a sense of inspiration, safety and community through the platform and medium of dance/movement. Tikkun Olam will be a thematic focus that will serve as a conceptual guide and source of inspiration for the creative exploration and movement research in the workshop.
Naomi will lead participants through stretching and warm-up techniques and introduce some contemporary movement fundamentals. Following this, the second half of the workshop will focus on the creative process. Participants will be introduced to improvisation techniques through task-based work, simple sequencing, and phrase work, and will explore how these tools can be utilized to fuel creation and develop choreography.
MEET THE ARTISTS:
Naomi Gwynn is a dance artist and social/cultural worker whose interest is in how movement connects us – to our bodies, music, space, our environment, as well as to social discourse, and to each other. In 2019 she completed Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company’s International Dance Journey Program in Northern Israel, and in 2019-2020 she was a member of Cobos Mika’s Junior company in Palamos, Spain. Naomi has showcased choreographic work and participated in numerous performances within Canada, Israel, and Europe.
In her work, Naomi explores how the unique features of dance can be harnessed to facilitate community building; through the shared creative experience, complete with risk-taking, negotiation, collaboration, and participation towards a common goal (often a performance).
Horizons is a Montreal-based dance collective co-founded by Lou Amsellem and Adèle Ross in 2020. Through their choreographic projects, they aim to explore risks, listening, and physicality linked to objects in space.
Learn more about Horizons here.
PLEASE NOTE: This event will be in-person and hosted at Espace 215, located at 215 rue Jean-Talon O. Following provincial health guidelines, the event will be capped at 25 participants, and will require attendees to wear masks throughout the duration of the event and maintain a distance of 2 meters. Attendees will be asked to complete COVID screening questions at registration.
By registering for this event, attendees acknowledge the following risks: I acknowledge the contagious nature of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and that the Institute national de santé public dur Québec (INSPQ) and many other public health authorities still recommend practicing social distancing as a means of reducing the spread of COVID-19. I further acknowledge that despite preventative measures put in place by the Museum of Jewish Montreal (the “Museum”) to reduce the spread of COVID-19, I may still be at risk of contracting COVID-19 for reasons beyond the Museum’s control. I am voluntarily taking part in an event being offered by the Museum, and I acknowledge that I must comply with all set safety procedures put forth by the Museum and relevant public health authorities to reduce the spread of COVID-19 while on the walking tour. By registering for this ticket, I acknowledge and accept any risks inherent in attending this event.