Carmen Beuchat Master Class


Saturday, October 29, 2016, 1:00pm to 3:00pm


Harvard Dance Center, 66 Garden Street, Cambridge

Carmen BeuchatPresented By: Office for the Arts (OFA) Dance Program Master Class Series in partnership with The Department of Visual and Environmental Studies (VES) and the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts (CCVA)

Chilean artist and choreographer Carmen Beuchat will lead a movement workshop following a presentation of her work by Jennifer McColl Crozier, Director of Carmen Beuchat Project. Through a set of visual, audiovisual and textual elements, Ms. Crozier will highlight the transdisciplinary work of Carmen Beuchat with a particular emphasis on her choreographic and performance pieces created between the 60s and the early 90s. This master class is presented in collaboration with the CCVA exhibition Embodied Absence: Chilean Art of the 1970s Now. 

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. 

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Carmen Beuchat is a Chilean artist and choreographer born in 1941, she migrated to the USA at the end of the 60s, where she participated actively in the New York scene during the 70s and the 80s. A founding member of Natural History of the American Dancers, Carmen Beuchat has developed a connection between her visual and choreographic work with a strong emphasis on spatial compositions, inserting mobile structures into her pieces.

In Chile, she is recognized as the first source of contact improvisation and composition techniques related to North American postmodern dance. She held dance workshops in the midst of the Chilean dictatorship, initiating a process of great transformation, not only in formal terms, but also in terms of a philosophy about the body in motion.

Since the 90s she settles back in Chile working as head of several dance schools and developing creative and educational programmes in Santiago and Valparaíso. She is currently living in Quetroleufu, South of Chile, in the middle of a forest, where she receives constant visits from students, dancers and artists.

Jennifer McColl Crozier is the Director of Carmen Beuchat project. Her theoretical and creative work has deepened in areas related to the body and technology, interactive installation and performing and visual arts. Her practice is based on the exploration of different media and disciplines through a permanent question about methodology. She has published books and articles and presented lectures in different countries like Chile, Argentina, England, Spain, Germany and Mexico.

Carmen Beuchat project is an ongoing research that started in 2009 with the publication of the book Carmen Beuchat: Modernismo y Vanguardia and is currently developing the Carmen Beuchat’s archive, working on restaging processes and future publications. 

Harvard University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact 617-495-8683 in advance of your participation or visit. 

The Harvard Dance Center is accessible for individuals using wheelchairs.

Photo: Carmen Beuchat in Two Not One, 1975, courtesy of the Carpenter Center Center for Visual Arts (CCVA).