April 22, 2023

Master Class with Sarah Lass

Master Class with Sarah Lass

Date(s) - Saturday, April 22, 2023
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Loculus Collective Studios

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Indeterminate Dancing | 4.22.23, 1-3PM | $15 – $30 (notaflof)

Structured as a series of movement accumulations, this open level contemporary technique class will progress from the floor to standing, and culminate in nuanced, full-bodied phrase work. Invitations for improvisation will be interspersed throughout. Accumulations draw from various somatic practices, Judson Church-lineage release technique principles, and western contemporary concert dance. We will focus primarily on activating and refining our awareness of touch, breath, weight, and tone as a means of quieting our nervous system and awakening perception of self, others, and space. In class, we will embrace repetition as a mode of reacquaintance, exploring how “knowledge” of movement includes both the accumulation of information and the simultaneous release of that information. In other words, how can we come to know both more and less about movement the more deeply saturated in it we become? Can we be intentional and deliberate in our moving without limiting, predefining, or assuming a movement’s nature and the possibilities contained within it? This class positions the practice of dance as a practice of robust, telescoping awareness, attentional endurance, and purposeful choice-making within ever-evolving circumstances.

Sarah Lass is a Colorado-raised, Massachusetts-based dancer, choreographer, writer, and teacher. Across modes of creative output, her work explores intersections between embodiment, perception, place, and design, and her research unfolds through a transdisciplinary process of dancemaking and creative writing. Her choreography has been presented and supported by residencies at Basin Arts Center (Lafayette, LA), the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (Northampton, MA), 10forward (Greenfield, MA), and Triskelion Arts (NY, NY), as well as by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Smith, Marlboro, and Keene State Colleges. As a performer Lass has worked with Bebe Miller, Angie Hauser, Chris Aiken, Bronwen MacArthur, and Xan Burley. Her creative nonfiction and poetry have been published by The Briar Cliff Review, The Good Life Review, Beyond Words International Literary Magazine, and Griffle, and she was recently a finalist for nonfiction prizes with New Ohio Review, the Disquiet International Literary Contest, and Fjords Review. Lass is currently a Lecturer in Dance at Smith and Keene State, having previously taught dance courses at UL Lafayette, Marlboro, Hampshire, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She received her MFA in Dance from Smith in 2018, and she graduated summa cum laude from Kenyon College in 2013.