Class Description: Class will unfold as a series of directed improvisations that explore how we feel today. Individually, we will consider how we want to be in our bodies, how we want to reach and fall play with gravity. With a buddy, we will play with seeing and being seen and look at how this relationship shapes some of the choices we make as we build and compose dances shaped out of our desires. We will listen to music quietly. We’ll tell stories and practice listening. We’ll play with remembering and composing with found things. At some point, we will also listen to music very loud.
James Gnam is an award winning dance artist based in Vancouver and Montreal. He is the artistic director of plastic orchid factory, a founding member of Left of Main as well as an associate artist with MAYDAY, Grand Poney and 10 Gates Dancing. He trained at the National Ballet School of Canada and from 1998 to the present, has performed in the works of Crystal Pite, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Jiri Kylian and Barak Marshall. Recently, James has collaborated in the creation of new work with Lee Su-Feh, Jacques Poulin-Denis, Melanie Demers, Vanessa Goodman, Peter Bingham and Tedd Robinson.
With plastic orchid, James collaboratively devises interdisciplinary work that focuses the body as a site of social commentary. James’ research and performance has been supported by Opera Estate in Bassano Italy; Circuit-Est in Montreal; Centre Q and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa; Electric Company Theatre, The New Forms Festival, The Vancouver Art gallery and SFU Woodwards..
In 2010, the late Lola Maclaughlin nominated James and his wife Natalie for the City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for Dance.
*Photo credit: Chris Randle