Register for Swamp Dance Fest!
Swamp Dance Fest is where wild creatures grow and art and artists grow wilder! The dance intensive offers artistic and professional growth for students of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life. Participants have the opportunity to work in an intimate setting with master teachers and artists from around the world, such as Yaniv Abraham (former dancer for Israel's Bat Sheva Dance Company), Richard Move, Yaya Sarria (from Chad), choreographer Neta Pulvermacher and members of her New York-based company, The Neta Dance Company.
The program offers daily classes in technique Ballet, Modern, Gaga, West African Music and Dance, repertory and creative process.
"We discover our passion to move and connect it to effort," said Ohad Naharin, Israeli choreographer who created the Gaga movement language. "We discover both the animal in us and the power of our imagination. We learn to appreciated understatement and exaggeration. We discover the difference between joy and pleasure and use both to protect ourselves from injuring and hurting our body. We learn to apply our force in an efficient way and we learn to use other forces. We become more delicate, and we recognize the importance of the flow of energy and information through our body in all directions."
After daily technique classes, dancers learn repertory, how to rehearse in a professional setting and how to collaborate and create new, imaginative works. Each Tuesday Swamp Dance Fest hosts a dance movies screening night, as well as a showing and reception each Friday in July, both of which are free to the public.
This summer renowned choreographer Richard Move will be working closely with the participants on creating a dance film based on biomimicry. Yaniv Abraham, Yaya Sarria and Neta Pulvermacher will each create new works for the participants. Master teacher Mohamed DaCosta will also be teaching and choreographing. Swamp Dance Fest provides a nurturing, yet wildly imaginative field of exploration where participants engage in the process of discovery of dance, movement, art and creativity.
The intensive will culminate in four days of student performances at University of Florida’s School of Theatre + Dance Constans Theatre (July 26-29). Additional projects include a sit-specific project at the Harn Museum of Art, a boat dance at Lake Wauburg, lectures, master classes and special projects.
The four-week program runs July 1- July 30, 2012, with fully produced performances July 26 - July 29, presenting world premieres created during the festival. All participants perform. There is also an option to enroll for two-week sessions (available July 1-July 16 OR July 17 - July 30). Housing is also available (campus dorms and off-campus sublets).
For more information and to register for the festival please visit the Swamp Dance Fest website at http://conferences.dce.ufl.edu/sdf/, or email Whitney Wilson at Whitneyrwilson@ufl.edu.
Visit the Swamp Dance Fest blog to get information on artists, as well as participants' experiences: swampdancefest.tumblr.com
Watch the interview below at White Oak in Jacksonville with Yaniv Abraham, who will be at this year's festival. He speaks about his teaching philosophy in the Gaga language. http://youtu.be/kAeDp8RWw98