Class Description: Incorporating various techniques, this contemporary class aims to touch on basic training for health and maintenance, while pushing beyond traditional forms and preparing the working body for creation and performance. Beginning with floor-work, spine sequencing, and building a solid relationship with the ground, we will move through classical techniques infused with contemporary transitions and intelligent uses of weight transfers and level changes. Conscious and intricate pathways, directional changes, phrasing and efficiency are predominant themes throughout the class.
Originally from Edmonton, Karissa has been a professional freelance contemporary dance artist since 2002, performing throughout Canada, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Scotland, Singapore, and Wales.
She has collaborated in and interpreted works by Action at a Distance, Anne Plamandon, Amber Funk Barton, Ezdanza, Joe Ink, Les Productions Figlio, LINK dance, Mascall Dance, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, Raven Spirit Dance, Sylvain Émard Danse, Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, and Wen Wei Dance among others.
Her choreographic works have been featured in Babylon with Ballet BC, Dancing on the Edge, Dance Deck Cinq, Dusk Dances, Expanse Festival, Fluid Festival, la petite scène, Modus Operandi, Small Stage, and her self-produced evening STRATEGY THREE. She has created two dance on film projects, most recently screened at FORM’s Moving/Forward.
As an instructor she teaches ballet, contemporary and conditioning techniques at various institutions across Western Canada.
In 2018, she became Rehearsal Director for ballet edmonton, under Artistic Direction of Wen Wei Wang and has assisted visiting choreographers Gioconda Barbuto, Josh Beamish, and Rachel Meyer.
*Photo credit: Yvonne Chew