Presented By: Office for the Arts (OFA) Dance Program Master Class Series in partnership with the Arts in Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.
Famed Colombian choreographer, dancer, and social change entrepreneur Álvaro Restrepo will introduce the main principles of his philosophy and methodology of El Colegio del Cuerpo (The School of the Body): Eduction for Dance and with Dance.
This class is for dancers age 18 + and open to all levels of experience. Observers welcome.
Participation is free, but due to limited class capacity, online registration is required for both participants and observers. First-come, first-served, with priority given to Harvard University Undergraduate Students.
Álvaro Restrepo is one of Colombia´s contemporary dance pioneers. He studied Philosophy, Literature, Music and Theater, before dedicating his life to Contemporary Dance. In 1981 he received a scholarship from the Colombian government, to study in New York with Jennifer Muller, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham and Cho Kyoo- Hyun, his most important master. In 1986 he founded his own company Athanor Danza, launching an international career as choreographer and performer of his own creations. He has become a leading figure of Latin American Contemporary Dance and his work has been seen in more than 50 countries across the globe. His work reflects a constant search for the ritual atmosphere and the sacred character of the scenic act.
In 1997 he founded El Colegio del Cuerpo - eCdC (The School of the Body) with French dancer, choreographer and pedagogue Marie France Delieuvin. Mr Restrepo often refers to eCdC as a four - legged creature (arts, education, society and politics) with a heart in Nature. More than 8,000 children from the most deprived areas of Cartagena, have lived the experience of eCdC in its two main programs: education for dance and education with dance. For the professional company of eCdC he has created numerous works and has toured with his dancers internationally.
Mr. Restrepo is a also a prolific author and contributor to many magazines and newspapers around the world with articles about artistic education, society and politics. In 2007 he was awarded the Colombian National Journalism Award Simón Bolívar for this chronicle "Llora et Labora: Memories of the Flesh" about his childhood and young age experiences as a student in a Benedictine, private North American school in Bogotá. In 2010 he conceived and directed a historic ceremony to honor the victims of Colombia's 52 year old armed conflict. INXILE: The Trail of Tears, which involved hundreds of real victims, was performed in Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena in its massive version (300 performers each time).
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The Harvard Dance Center is accessible for individuals using wheelchairs.
Photo courtesy of Álvaro Restrepo.