In fall 2014, the Office for the Arts Dance Program will offer two for-credit courses, an exciting assortment of co-curricular courses, master classes, and the Emerging Choreographers Residency, now in its third year. Performances begin in November. Registration for fall co-curricular classes in ballet, contemporary, and conditioning takes place online and at the Harvard Dance Center at 60 Garden St. on September 9 & 10 from 1-5 PM.
Courses for credit this fall (all courses taught by OFA Dance Program Director Jill Johnson): The Harvard Dance Project is a faculty-led performance company which offers students the opportunity to be original cast members and collaborators in multiple dance works created by professional choreographers, including a new installation by Jill Johnson. Performances are in November, 2014. The Fundaments of Improvisation and Composition: Dance (Music 105r, half course) and Master Work: The Choreographic Process of William Forsythe (Music 103r.), round out the semester.
Students accepted into the Emerging Choreographers Residency spend a semester working one-on-one with professional choreographers to develop their choreographic skills. This semester’s mentors are Sidney Skybetter, Jill Johnson and recent Living History awardee, Francesca Harper. Application deadline was September 5. The Emerging Choreographers Casting Audition is on Saturday, September 13, at 1 PM.
This Fall will feature master classes from the following choreographers and dance educators:
Mikko Nissinen (Ballet, 9/10; 6-7:30 PM, participants and observers register here): Boston Ballet Artistic Director and former principal dancer in San Francisco Ballet, Mikko Nissinen will teach a ballet master class.
Jill Johnson (Forsythe Rep; 9/25, 7-9 PM): 24-year close collaborator of American choreographer William Forsythe’s and former Principal Dancer in Frankfurt Ballet/Forsythe Company, Dance Director Jill Johnson will teach excerpts of Forsythe’s repertory.
Michelle Dorrance (Tap; 10/9, 7-9 PM): The innovative tap choreographer and dancer will teach a tap master class.
Sidney Skybetter, ”The Internet Show: Workshop on Telling Your Story Online“ (Digital Storytelling; 10/4, 1-5 PM): Nearly 70% of hiring processes include employers seeking out applicants’ online presence, so representing oneself on the Internet has never been more consequential. This workshop explores the nuances of digital storytelling, with special attention paid to portraying one’s interests, expertise and self to an audience of potential employers and collaborators. Bring a laptop, smartphone and plenty of coffee.
Pilobolus (Contemporary; 10/23, 7-9 PM): This masterclass was created for movers and uses Pilobolus’s signature techniques of improvisation and movement creation to elevate training to the next level and reinvigorate creative impulses. Classes include partnering, collaborative choreography, and peer-to-peer feedback. This class is designed to stretch the limits of movers and performers.
Francesca Harper (Improv; 10/30, 7-9 PM): Francesca Harper is a choreographer/singer/video artistthe founder of The Francesca Harper Project, a Broadway performer, and former dancer with Dance Theater of Harlem and principal dancer in William Forsythe’s Frankfurt Ballet. Ms. Harper will teach a contemporary master class.
Fall dance performances:
November 6-9 & 12-14: Dance Program Winter Performances 2014
November 19-21: Emerging Choreographers Showing/Performance 2014, Harvard Dance Center
Visit the Dance Program website for updates on dance events this semester.