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Temple University Department of Dance

Reflection: Response Commission



with Kathy Westwater

Friday, April 1, 2016 1-4PM

Conwell Dance Theater, Free!!!

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This year’s Reflection:Response Commission artist, Kathy Westwater, will conduct an advanced improvisation workshop on Friday April 1, from 1-4PM, in Conwell Dance Theater. The workshop is FREE and open to dancers in the Temple and Philadelphia dance communities. To register contact:

Workshop Description

Taking two everyday forms of movement, we will allow these forms to disorganize within, and be disorganizing of, our bodies. As we explore in solo, duet, and ensemble improvisations, moving periodically in contact and/or with eyes closed, lines between states of order and disorder will be at times stark and at others blurred. The sensations that arise within this unstable and unbound matrix range from chaotic to cathartic, and from disorienting to freeing. We will shift our attention from sensation to function to composition as the workshop unfolds, delving deeper into the formal potential found within experiential states of disorder.

Shake/Walk Workshop is a platform for an aspect of Kathy Westwater’s creative practice as a choreographer. It began as a therapeutic practice to alleviate strains that arose in her choreography. Over time she became curious about the formal possibilities embedded in it. It was and has remained a physical practice that feels good to do, which is a compelling reason to both.

Kathy Westwater has choreographically pursued experimental dance forms since 1996. Described by Dance Magazine as “bloodless and fascinating” and The Brooklyn Rail as “at the limits of the human,” her work responds to the societal landscape in which it manifests by reimagining the body’s movement potential. Her work has been presented extensively in NYC in spaces such as New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Performance Space 122, Dixon Place, and more. Westwater has received awards from Puffin Foundation, Franklin Furnace Fund, Meet the Composer, and New York Foundation for the Arts, and has been an Artist-in-Residence at Djerassi, Movement Research, and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. She has taught at Sarah Lawrence College since 2001.

Westwater’s Reflection:Response commission work, Anywhere, will premiere on Sept 16 &17, 2016 in Conwell Theater at Temple University. For more information contact:

Merián Soto, Curator

Reflection/Response Commission