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Summer Intensive


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Summer Intensive


Summer Intensive

June 10-July 6, 2019

Curriculum

The Cambrians Summer Intensive incorporates multiple techniques taught by members of the company.  We focus on rigorous technical training to create deep understanding  of your individual anatomy, while unlocking the tools for your creativity through show creation and performance experience.

Each day begins with 3 hours of technique with The Cambrians founder, Benjamin Wardell. These daily sessions will focus on a combination of contemporary ballet, advanced floor work, momentum and inversion training, and improvisation. The remainder of the day consists of technique and 3 hours of repertoire and new creation with other members of The Cambrians.

A maximum of 25 students per session are accepted to the program to ensure individualized attention.

WEEK 1

Jamy Meek — Hubbard Street, Nederlands Dans Theatre — New Creation

WEEK 2

Ilya Vidrin — Harvard and Cambridge Universities — Partnering principles

WEEK 3

Kara Brody — Lucky Plush Productions, Khecari — Cambrians Repertoire

WEEK 4

Melinda Jean Myers and Tony Orrico — Trisha Brown, U of Iowa — New Creation

 

Tuition

Full Curriculum – 2 weeks: $750 4 weeks: $1,300

Technique-Only – 2 weeks: $500 4 weeks: $900

Location

The intensive will be held in Mason Hall at The Preston Bradley Center in Uptown. Mason Hall is a beautiful ballroom, and we'll set up our lighting and sprung floor in the space. The address is:

941 West Lawrence Ave

Chicago, IL 60640

Two blocks from Lawrence Redline Station

Auditions

Visit our Auditions Page for full information

For any questions, please email us at:

summerintensive@thecambrians.com

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Jamy


Jamy


Jamy Meek

Jamy danced with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Nederlands Dans Theater for a combined 16-years. He loves being in the studio and focuses all of his teachings on an economy of movement and acquiring a tool set to allow the dancer to craft their performance. A dancer is an artist that has chosen their body as the creative instrument. Good technique is just the beginning. 

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Ilya


Ilya


Ilya Vidrin

With formal training in Latin/Ballroom, Argentinian Tango, Horton modern technique, and contact improvisation, Ilya Vidrin focuses on the subtle nuances of physical interaction. Utilizing his academic backgrounds in cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, and performance philosophy, Ilya's classes build physical technique while supporting ethical social practice in partnering. He has honed his approach though choreographic research residencies at Jacob's Pillow, Harvard University, Interlochen Arts Academy, Walnut Hill School, Hakodate Performing Arts High School (Japan), Laban Conservatoire, Greenhouse Festival (Israel), and with professional companies including the Royal Swedish Ballet, Erick Hawkins Dance Company,  Kurofune Ensemble (Japan), Chicago Hubbard Street, and the Boston Ballet. 

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Kara


Kara


Kara Brody

Kara teaches a contemporary movement class that is rooted in modern dance technique. She begins with a series of movement sequences on the floor, researching how the body skims, leverages, and efficiently takes weight into accessible points of the body preparing one to be inverted, off center, and eventually moving in and out of the floor. These exercises develop into larger locomotive patterns that reach an accumulative sequence at the end of class. Kara’s class centers on a general practice of listening to weight and momentum. She is always pushing the boundaries of verticality and explores a vocabulary of movement that plays with the balance between control and free form.  Her technical approach explores how momentum, in combination with gravity, pushes one to move  through unstable, unpredictable situations. Students are encouraged  to embrace the accumulation of momentum and flow of energy to achieve efficiency and ease of movement through the space. 

I am always pushing the boundaries of verticality. I’m excited by motion that is never quite up right and is constantly stumbling and redirecting into the next. Weight and momentum is a significant part of my practice so I’m always looking for the most efficient approach to movement that is inevitably physical. I think there’s significance to finding what it means to be in a state of exertion while experiencing it in the most effortless way. I believe there are no limitations to what the body can do if you can successfully aid it’s approach to movement.”