Dynamic Dance Trapeze – Intermediate / Advanced – Week B
Week B: Mon, Aug. 8-Fri, Aug. 12. 9:00 AM – Noon. Location: CU 150. $300.
Prerequisites: Ages 15+ or with instructor permission. For students who already have a practice on the dance trapeze or other horizontal apparatus. Some vertical experience and familiarity with basic vertical wraps and hangs is helpful, but not necessary. Participants must be able to invert unassisted from a bent-arm hang and should come with a desire to explore.
In this intensive class, we will marry technique and expression as we explore dynamic movement – and the quiet space in between – on the dance trapeze. Focusing on technical skills in body positioning and mechanics that allow for safe and efficient movement, we’ll twist, roll, drop, and dive on the trapeze and use the space between the bar and floor-to-ground and propel us. We will also use Laban- and Butoh-influenced exercises to connect with and listen to our instinctual bodies: intuitive, genuine, and unapologetic. “You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves” – Mary Oliver. We will use a choreographed sequence as a launching point for exploring how changes in movement quality, positioning, and timing can be employed to create authentic experience. This intensive is for those who would like to broaden their technical dance trapeze vocabulary and deepen their approach to articulate movement.
Megan Cattau met her first love, the dance trapeze, training under Susan Murphy, who remains a deep inspiration. Since then, she has performed, choreographed, directed, and taught extensively in the US and abroad, working principally under the project Flight Collaborative. Her performance and teaching homes have included Canopy Studio in Athens, GA (where she was the business manager and then assistant director); Circus Warehouse in NYC; and Frequent Flyers in Boulder, CO. She also founded the aerial dance program at Durham School for Ballet and the Performing Arts in Durham, NC, and has performed as a core member of Constellation Moving Company. She is currently based in Boise, ID and is an apprentice with NYC butoh company RenGyoSoh. Megan is also a disturbance ecologist, working in Indonesia as well as the Western U.S., and her mind is always on the trees.