Course objectives:
  • +Consider how to involve more of our physical selves into other spheres of work
  • +Examine the malleability of meaning in articulations of the human body, ranging from abstract to figurative
  • +Employ methods of chance procedures and simple tasks that set the body in motion
  • +Separate the processes of creation and evaluation
  • + Override mental inhibitions that hinder creativity and expression
  • + Challenge the notions of how you can or should move in your own body and in space
  • + Connect and activate our perceptions of the internal and external, the imagined and the real
Notes from the instructor: Notes from the instructor: This class will be highly physical, pursuing a maximal sense of awareness in movement, while respecting and considering each person’s range of ability. Open to everyone. Disabled persons are 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 various forms of movement research, improvisation, and repetition of phrases from dance repertoire, drawing on some of Kresge’s experiences as a performer in works by Merce Cunningham, Liz Magic Laser, and Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener. Participants will develop, teach, and share their own movement sequences with each other in a laboratory setting.

The third 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.