Class Description: Warm-up will involve guided improvisational tasks, as well as “follow along” stretch and release, eventually moving into low-level / floor work patterns and pathways that utilize natural momentum created by the body’s own weight. Moving across the floor, exercises are aimed toward building strength and speed, developing skills around isolating action in the body, and finding musical groove. The remainder of the class will focus on techniques and practices rooted in specific interpretations of time as means for generating and warping movement.
Originally from Alberta, Josh Martin received his diverse training as a dance artist across North America and Europe. He now lives and works in Vancouver, on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples.
In his ongoing career as an interpreter and collaborator, he has worked with many dance companies and independent choreographers such as Justine A. Chambers, Helen Walkley, Dana Gingras (Animals of Distinction), Wen Wei Wang (Wen Wei Dance), Tiffany Tregarthen and David Raymond (Out Innerspace Dance Theatre), Amber Funk Barton (the response.), Serge Bennathan (Les Productions Figlio), Vanessa Goodman (Action at a Distance), Karen Jamieson, and as a past company member of Le Groupe Dance Lab in Ottawa under the direction of Peter Boneham.
Josh is Artistic Co-Director of Company 605, a Vancouver-based arts organization creating and producing new works through a collaborative process, regularly touring its expanding repertoire throughout Canada and Internationally. www.company605.ca
*Photo credit: Tim Summers