WEEKEND IMPROVISATION WORKSHOP
April 24, 2021 - April 25, 2021
$70 full workshop or $35 for one day only
*25% off is available for SFU students
April 24 10am-12pm PST
April 25 10am-12pm PST
Streaming on Zoom
*Recording link available upon request for a 48hrs for those in different time zones or if your schedule does not align.
Over the course of this 4 hour weekend workshop, Jermaine will delve into his theory and practise of defining technique as a progressive understanding of coordination, paired with but not exclusively governed by form. Through reorientation with essential motor functions (ex. flexing, extending, opposing, rotating, swinging, shifting weight, falling) dancers will practice increasing their capacity for observing what is happening and then shaping responses to the motivations leading their physical bodies in space. We are thrilled to share and experience the practise of this brilliant artist who we all know from his incredible work with Kidd Pivot.
Co-Presented by SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs in association with SFU School for the Contemporary Arts and Inverso Productions/ Performance Research Project
We acknowledge that this event take place on the Traditional Coast Salish Lands including the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ) and Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) Nations. Viewers may be watching from other territories.
Jermaine Maurice Spivey was born in Baltimore, Maryland USA and is a graduate of Baltimore School for the Arts and The Juilliard School. From 2002-2017, Jermaine lived and worked predominately throughout Europe. He has been a company member of Ballet Gulbenkian and Cullberg Ballet, worked as a freelance/guest artist for Hofesh Shechter Company, Robyn Live 2016, The LID, Arias Company and The Forsythe Company from 2013-2015 as well as a cast member of American Repertory Theater’s original production The Shape She Makes conceived by Susan Misner and Jonathan Bernstein.
Since 2008, Jermaine has been a member of Crystal Pite’s project-based company Kidd Pivot. He has rehearsal assisted and/or staged Crystal Pite’s work for companies such as Cedar Lake Ballet, Carte Blanche, Hessisches StaatsBallett Wiesbaden, Netherlands Dance Theater and Paris Opera Ballet. Jermaine has instructed dance all across North America and Europe for professional companies, universities, studios and training programs including USC Kaufman School of Dance, Cal Arts, The Juilliard School, UCLA, NYU Tisch, Baltimore School for the Arts, The Performing Arts Project, MOVE NYC, No) one. Art House, Nuova Officina Della Danza and Göteborgs Operans Danskompani. He is a 2001 Princess Grace Awardee and a 1998 National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts 1st Level Awardee.
As a choreographer, Jermaine has been commissioned by Salt Contemporary Dance, Rambert 2 and most recently LA Dance project. Jermaine has also created and performed two full-evening works with partner and collaborator Spenser Theberge titled Rather This Then and Position 3.