ABOUT THE FACILITATORS
warm up class/contemporary floor work
Thompson’s movement practice draws upon and includes a variety of contemporary styles including jazz, modern, house, hiphop and acrobatics.
“In this highly physical and fast-moving class we will engage in a dynamic warm up infused with yoga/dynamic stretching and placing ourselves on all fours to warm the body and focus the mind. We’ll move across the floor with various techniques to take us in and out of the floor, focused on building core strength and stamina. We’ll build to include more contemporary and animalistic jumps and rotational/off-axis maneuvers with a focus on head/tail awareness and use of spine for sequential movement. We’ll continue building to a larger phrase work that challenges the body’s balance, stamina, dynamics, spatial use and inverse positions. Be prepared to sweat lots, and consider wearing clothing that covers the skin as well as knee pads to protect in anticipation of floor work.”
Originally from Barrie, Ontario, Canada, Kylie holds an honours degree in Kinesiology from McMaster University. She has performed in contemporary and commercial works by Hanna Kiel, Gadfly Dance Company, Keren Rosenberg (IL), Mate Meszaros (HU) Marie Lambin, Ljuba Castot (US), Jennifer Mote, Vanessa Li, Rebecca Zizek and more. Her choreography has been presented at the Dance: Made in Canada Festival, VideoSkin Film Festival (Yukon), 40North Film Fest (San Diego, CA) Toronto Fringe, New Blue Festival, The Garage, The Canadian National Exhibition, Fresh Blood, Dance Matters and Toronto Original Choreographer’s Ball. In 2017 she formed Kylie Thompson Dance which continues to function as a project-based dance theatre company. She is also part of the recently formed COALCollective. She is a passionate educator, having shared at over 50 studios and conventions across Canada.
Contemporary Partnering Workshop
"This workshop will explore ways to carry, give weight, counterweight, find common axis, and move together in space. Through tasks and phrases we will work to increase our physical awareness in connection to a partner, developing the ability to trust the other in their alertness and availability. We will focus on mechanics to multiply and expand the pathways and movements of a body through space. This workshop will progress from simple exercises of receiving weight, to more complex and dynamic partnering, to a final combination."
Kirsten Sullivan is a Toronto based freelance artist, a recent graduate of the Ryerson School of Performance, and the 2017 recipient of the Lipson Family Endowment Award honouring excellence in performance and choreography. She has worked with prominent companies and artists including Alias Dance Project, RubberbanDance Group, Kaeja D’dance, VIM VIGOR, Heidi Strauss, Gadfly, Robert Glumbek, ACE Dance Theatre, Jessie Garon (Vazari Dance Projects), Kylie Thompson, NorthFoot Movement and Frog In Hand. Kirsten is the recipient of the 2018/2019 New Blue Creative Risk residency with Kaeja D’dance, and the resident choreographer for Release Dance Project. Kirsten is currently working with Peggy Baker Dance Projects as an RBC emerging artist for their 2019/2020 season.
Photo by Francesca Chudnoff
"Organized Animals" Workshop
"Organized Animals is inspired by an improvisational theatre mantra has become a part of my artistic DNA in the past few years: Let Go. Play Big. Notice More. Guided by these meta-directives, we will engage in a collective movement practise to close the gap between our bodies and our brains. Explorations of perception and sensation may yield new questions, and we will listen to these curiosities with our entire bodies. We may also work on acknowledging influence, insisting on togetherness, exposing assumptions, searching for honesty and changing strategies. Then I will offer self-reflective prompts and protect time for individual contemplation before inviting a group discussion. Finally, we may engage in small group improvisational scores to further explore key ideas; transitioning between the roles of audience and doer. My goals as a facilitator include responding to the needs and desires of the participants, holding space for disagreement, admitting my own potential wrongness openly, reminding participants of their inherent individual power (and the danger of abusing it), and sharing my enthusiasm for movement and philosophy without apology."
David Norsworthy is a Toronto-born, internationally acclaimed choreographer, performer and teacher. He has worked with companies, festivals and educational institutions in Canada, the USA, Sweden, Tanzania and Australia. His choreographic work has recently been presented by Kaatsbaan International Dance Center (New York, USA), Dance Initiative (Carbondale, USA), Our Voices/Magma Dans (Stockholm, Sweden) and ArtPowers (Arusha, Tanzania). David's next major choreographic research and creaton project is titled Tackling aboutness and is funded by the Toronto Arts Council (Toronto, Canada). He has been privileged to perform and tour with companies including Toronto Dance Theatre (Toronto, Canada), Peggy Baker Dance Projects (Toronto, Canada), Dancenorth (Melbourne, Australia), ZviDance (NY, USA), Brian Brooks (NY, USA), Skånes Dansteater (Malmö, Sweden) and Andersson Dans (Stockholm, Sweden) among others. Teaching experiences include workshops at several high schools, dance studios and universities including Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada), Point Park University (Pittsburgh, USA) and York University (Toronto, Canada). He is the Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Fresh Dance Intensive, a workshop series that has inspired over 5500 young people across 6 Canadian provinces since 2007 and Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of TOES FOR DANCE, a community outreach and artistic exchange initiative that has received critical praise from The Globe and Mail and The Dance Current. David was the recipient of The Living Arts Centre's inaugural Ron Lenyk Inspiring Youth Arts Award. In 2016 David was named one of the 25 Most Influential Young Choreographers by Narcity Toronto. He is the grateful recipient of funding from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. David graduated from New York City's The Juilliard School in May 2013, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Dance Division. David enjoys (real) fruit smoothies, almond milk lattes, one-on-one chats, nature walks, and watching TED Talks.