Course objectives:
  • + Experiencing memory + energy held in the body’s hard + soft tissues
  • + Overriding mental inhibitions that hinder creativity + expression
  • + Challenging the notions of how you can or should move in your own body + in space
  • + Connecting + activating our perceptions of the internal + external, the imagined + the real
  • + Tapping the unconscious resources of the body’s innate intelligence
  • + Reimagining our physical relationship to technology, objects, + living beings
Notes from the instructor: This class will be highly physical, pursuing a maximum sense of awareness in movement, while respecting and considering each person’s range of ability. Open to everyone. Disabled person is welcome to participate. Physical contact will be part of certain experiences with attention towards safety, respect, and care.

Each class will start with a simple warm up to activate body, senses, and space. Participants will be lead through varrious forms of movement research, improvisation, and repetition of phrases from dance repertory, drawing on some of Kresge’s experiences as a performer in works by Merce Cunningham, Liz Magic Laser, and Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener. Participants will develop, teach, and share their own movement sequences with each other in a laboratory setting. The 3rd and final class will culminate with brief presentations that express the participant’s own physical discoveries and may connect to other creative spheres or fields of research.
Instructors
Lead by movement teacher, performer, and writer Cori Kresge, this class will cultivate practices that attempt to override the ego constructs that obstruct the innate methods by which the body records and processes information.
Cori Kresge
is a NYC based dancer, collaborator, writer, and teacher. Kresge graduated from SUNY Purchase with a BFA in dance and the Dean’s Award. She was a member of the Sri Chinmoy Meditation Center and International Vocal Ensemble. Kresge has been a member of the Merce Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group, functioning as a living archive for Cunningham works from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. In 2016 Kresge staged Cunningham's Field Dances, an improvisational score, on students of CNDC, Angers, France. She has also been a member of José Navas/Compagnie Flak, and Stephen Petronio Company. Kresge currently collaborates and performs with various artists including Rashaun Mitchell+Silas Riener, Liz Magic Laser, Rebecca Lazier, Xavier Cha, Esmé Boyce, Ellen Cornfield, Sarah Skaggs, Bill Young, Wendy Osserman, Sally Silvers, The School for Poetic Computation, and film makers Alla Kovgan, Zuzka Kurtz, and Charles Atlas. She has taught technique and improvisation at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Bard College, Dickinson College, Barnard College, Princeton University, the Dalton School, and other institutions. Kresge also teaches the Little Creators preschool program at Church Street School for Music and Art in NYC. She is currently studying Zero Balancing, a therapeutic bodywork.
Cori Olinghouse Co-teacher for Feb 17 class
is an interdisciplinary artist, archivist, and curator. Her work has been commissioned by Danspace Project, New York Live Arts, BRIC Arts Media, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Movement Research, and Brooklyn Museum of Art. She is the founder and director of The Portal Project, a living archives initiative dedicated to the transmission of performance through archival and curatorial frameworks. Maya Man Teaching Assistant
is a Brooklyn based technologist. Currently, she works as a fiver at the Google Creative Lab, making experiments that combine her love for art and code. Maya graduated from Pomona College with a double major in Computer Science and Media Studies with a focus in digital production. She spends most of her time creating exploratory new media work, dancing in studios and public spaces, and maintaining her love/hate relationship with the internet (mostly love though).