The Training Society of Vancouver
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January 7/9/11

Julie Lebel

*Classes this week are 10am - 12pm

Class Description:  After a warm-up of Bartenieff inspired floor work and contact improvisation, we will explore Ensemble Thinking practice

“Ensemble Thinking is a system of collaborative group performance practices. These compositional exercises refine the individual’s ability to perceive, initiate, and support collective action.” www.ensemblethinking.com

This workshop is open to standing or sitting (wheelchair) dancers and actors of 19yrs+, with experience in contemporary dance, theatre, improvisation, and/or contact improvisation. Dancing barefoot and in comfortable clothes that cover the knees and shoulders is recommended. Please phone the Dance Centre for full accessibility information.

The entire workshop will be filmed – to be shared (only) with Lower Left Company members – Nina Martin, Margaret Paek, Andrew Wass, Kelly Darlymple-Wass, as this workshop completes my (Julie Lebel) Ensemble Thinking Certification.

More info on January 8/10 classes with Foolish Operations HERE


Since graduating from Université du Québec à Montréal (Danse, interpretation-création) in 1998, Julie Lebel has focussed on relational practice. She has learned and developed tools for hospitality in performance and in the performing body, in order to install dance ideas in such a way that both public and performers will be invited in. Her approach to art making is collaborative and multidisciplinary, involving musicians, visual artists, filmmakers and writers as well as non-artists from all generations. Her current touring works are Paper Playground (for the 0-5yrs) and Tricoter. Julie studied under the mentorship of Karen Jamieson from 2012 to 2016, Nina Martin in Ensemble Thinking (ongoing) since 2005 and was Program Manager of Community Engagement at Made in BC – Dance on Tour from 2015-2018. Julie is actively engaged in the development of the field through her participation in the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists with projects such as the minimum hourly wage for dance artists. She also initiated a BC version of the “Jouer Dehors” program mentored by La danse sur les routes du Québec to increase touring capacity of BC francophone dance artists. In 2016, in collaboration with the Vancouver Park Board, she produced a 3-day symposium on community engaged dance practice.


*Photo credit: Riz Herboza