Justine Chambers + Kate Franklin
Nov 23/28: Kate
Nov 26/30: Justine
Class Description: This class focuses on developing strategies for being present while investigating the perpetual dynamic negotiations within our body and the space around it. The class begins with a score to reacquaint ourselves with our bodies, and progresses with set exercises and larger movement phrases.
This class incrementally layers ways of thinking through the body, that invite participants into an experience of their body in the present moment. It includes searching for systems of support inside and outside of the body, inviting shifts in sensation and perception, and curiously ferreting out previously unknown possibilities for movement. With an openness to functional change, we will explore the precise moments where the body is activated into movement.
Justine A. Chambers is a dance artist living and working on the unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Her interests lie in collaborative creation and re-imagining dance performance. In her work she focuses on what is felt over what is seen, and the dances that are already there – the social choreographies present in the everyday. She has been creating performance projects throughout Canada since 2000. Chambers is Max Tyler-Hite’s mother.
Class Description: I teach a contemporary technique centre class. The class is a synthesis of all of the ideas that currently fascinate me. Usually my class will start gently on the floor and build in verticality and intensity. At times we dance quite specifically to the music, and sometimes dancers will find their own phrasing.
Currently I am interested in how my femurs articulate inside my pelvis. I am working on thoracic mobility. I am working on using my hamstrings and glutes to create power and hip extension. I am working on finding clear pathways for transferring weight. I am interested in making precise decisions in terms of shape, sequence through the body and direction of momentum.
No matter what, the soundtrack will be good.
I spent the first decade or so of my career in Toronto before moving to Vancouver in 2012. In Toronto I danced with many choreographers such as Matjash Mrozewski and Kate Alton, as well as numerous companies such as Zata Omm Dance Projects, Kaeja d’Dance, Company Vice Versa and lots more. I choreographed work most often for the At the Wrecking Ball series and Dusk Dances. Now in Vancouver I am Associate Director of Modus Operandi, and frequently collaborate with Justine A. Chambers, Jamie Robinson and Tara Cheyenne Performance. I teach because I am always learning. I train almost every day in some form of movement practice. Teaching at Working Class is wonderful for me, because I can be in dialogue with my peers about the stuff I am learning.