Developing your Choreographic Voice 2
Led by Catherine Dénécy and Dr Sheron
Wray accompanied by Cosimo Keita Cadore
Friday 3 November – Tuesday 7 November
PACE 3 – De Montfort University,
This unique professional development experience gives
participants the chance to develop new skills and be inspired by great dance
practice presented by renowned international artists and leaders in the field.
four-day course combines the contrasting skills and expertise of two highly
experienced teachers in the field of choreography: Catherine Dénécy and
Dr Sheron Wray, accompanied by Cosimo Keita Cadore.
will help you find and define your improvisation practice, as it is a tool to
honour and develop the performer and choreographer within you.
You will be given
tools to allow your improvisation to become a process that allows you to
discover your true identity as a dancer, to find back your original joy and
passion for dancing, to dance from a visceral place instead of a cerebral one
and to root your dance to the music. Your improvisation can therefore become a
celebration of your dancing body in the present moment and jump-start your true
aspect of the course is the development of your dramatic body. Her training and
career as an actress has allowed Catherine Dénécy to improve and define her
skills as a dancer. She will share with you the tools for reinforcing your
intentions, using your emotions and clarifying your story telling. This course
will be a reset that will help you tap into the choreographer and artist within
you. You will start the process towards finding your voice which is unique and
Sheron Wray, accompanied by Cosimo Keita Cadore will look at Embodiology® which is an African Disapora
improvisation-as-performance praxis, with Ewe and Yorùbá aesthetics
significantly informing its principles and philosophy. At the core of the
practice, networked by Dynamic Rhythm,
which is the Embodiology® meta-generating aesthetic principles informing
communication between dancers, musicians and the audience, there is a flow between
various modes of awareness that intertwine to create a particular neo-African
In the course of this
workshop dancers will develop: detailed and granular levels of perception
enabling them to access and experience higher levels of creativity; greater
confidence in performance; and develop essential improvisation skills no matter
what your base line technique - hip hop, jazz, modern, flamenco, ballet etc
etc. You will learn where and when your most advanced dance
techniques are hindering your capacities to innovate, and critically Embodiology®
will bring joy into your dancing.
The course is open to anyone with an interest in creating
Course content will include:
The dancer within you – exploring your own
and others' passion for dance as the basis for choreography
Working with dancing bodies: celebrating
their differences and the inspiration that can be drawn from them
Skills building – tool-kit staples, including
relationships, space awareness, and dynamic, action
Sources to inspire choreographic development
in relation to a groups’ needs, skills and aims
Realising the potential of the individual and
the group in varying settings and contexts
Choreographic and leadership styles –
cultivating an environment of ownership and creativity
Creative task exploration
Value of reflection and appreciation of the
new skills that can enhance your choreography tool box.
how to improvise as a coherent group of dancers.
instant and masterful ‘improvography’.
a dancing mind and thinking body.