Forsythe Masterclass: part 1 & 2

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The Re-Workshop takes Ballet Frankfurt/The Forsythe Company's collaborative approach to creation as its starting place, offering two weekends of workshops on the practices of re-inventing initiated by William Forsythe. In the first, Amy Raymond will draw from her experience with Ballet Frankfurt and somatic studies of Hino Budo in order to create both individual and group dynamics within an improvisational setting. In the second, Liz Waterhouse will draw from her experience with The Forsythe Company and studies of Philosophy/Performance Studies, to look at the dimension of movement transfer between materials (paper, clothing) and people, as scores. The workshops are intended to complement each other and The Forsythe Company's performance of "The Returns" at the Holland Dance Festival. Those unable to attend both weekends, may register for one weekend.

Re-Workshop Part 1 || Amy Raymond (21 & 22 June)
The workshop will start with exercises that emphasize connectedness between people by the means of our sense perceptions. One aspect is drawing from the power of the connection from the people in the room. The group will be encouraged to listen to what is happening, and become a player in an emergent form that shifts between the dynamics of self assertion and group connection. Through varying experiences participants will be encouraged to re-create key moments within an evolving choreographic structure.

Re-Workshop Part 2 || Elizabeth Waterhouse (28 & 29 June)
only accessible in combination with part 1
After a physical warmup, this workshop will develop systems of using re-words and materials (clothes and drawings) as movement scores. Dancing together, we will consider: How do these materials suggest or invite us to move? How can we construct motion via layering material-suggestions and suggesting-re-techniques? Participants will try tasks from The Forsythe Company's repertoire and build their own scores in groups. Subtle doses of theory, such as James Gibson's idea of affordance, will be introduced as needed. The workshop will end with discussion of how material and digital tools are being used in contemporary choreographic process. Please bring an extra set of clothes that can be used to create a movement score.


Amy Raymond danced professionally as a soloist with Dutch National Ballet and with William Forsythe’s Frankfurt Ballet. Over the last 10 years she has worked as freelance choreographer, improvisation teacher, ballet teacher, and stages the works of William Forsythe. She has worked in many professional companies and schools and crosses both the classical and contemporary worlds. Some of these institutions include The Forsythe Company, Paris Opera, San Francisco Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Carte Blanche, Skanes Dans Theater, Norrdans, GoteborgsOperan Danskompani,Cullberg Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Chunky Move, Ballet National de Marseilles,  Hubbard Street Dance Company Lines pre-Professional Program, Ohio University D.A.N.C.E program, Codarts, National Ballet Academie, Artez, Royal Conservatory Den Hague, and the Palucca Schule Dresden. Over the past 7 years she has studied with martial artist Akira Hino sensei and has integrated his unique knowledge of the body in all aspects of her work.

Liz Waterhouse is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and theorist. Formally a dancer in The Forsythe Company (2005 - 2012), Elizabeth was involved in the Motion Bank projects Synchronous Objects and Dance Engaging Science, publishing related texts in books and journals. Invested broadly as a teacher and researcher of dance pedagogy, Liz has offered workshops and lectures internationally, including Tanzlabor21 in Frankfurt, TanzNetz Dresden, The Croatian Institute for Movement and Dance, The American Dance Festival, and Stanford University. Liz's research interests include aesthetics and metaphysics of choreography, object usage, entrainment, documentation of collective practice, musicality, and notation forms. She graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor degree in physics and completed her Master degree at The Ohio State University in dance. In 2013 she was awarded a fellowship for dramaturgy from Akademie Musiktheater Heute.


Amy Raymond
coordination ICK
Bertha Bermúdez
Elizabeth Waterhouse