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Hot off the press: Contemporary Dance Workshop


This workshop looks at a few fundamentals of contemporary training, including specific movement initiation, consequential action and the use of directional energies.  The class will begin with a warm-up that takes the dancers from floor work to standing to across the floor, after which we will play with movement construction and invention, through the development of a short choreographic partner phrase.  


Dancer/choreographer Heidi Strauss began training with Denise Vitali; in her teenage years Sudbury School of Dance was her second home.   She was one of co-founders of Sudbury’s earthdancers and is now the artistic director of adelheid, a company she began in 2008.  adelheid’s work looks at interaction between different people and groupings of people, with a specific interest in the situation of performance and how we consider each other (audience & performer) within that construct.  Heidi was dance artist in residence at the Factory Theatre (2008-2012) and a resident artist at the Theatre Centre (2013-16). Her award-winning work has toured nationally.  Heidi has choreographed for Toronto Dance Theatre, The Frankfurt Opera, The Canadian Opera Company, Volcano theatre, and the Stratford Festival. She has given workshops across Canada, and in the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Singapore.  Heidi received the KM Hunter Award for Dance (2012), and her most recent work what it’s like recently won three Dora Mavor Moore Awards.

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