Karole Armitage Performance Workshop Intensive


Saturday, February 20, 2016, 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Harvard Dance Center, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge

Karole ArmitagePresented ByOffice for the Arts (OFA) Dance Program, Master Class Series

Renowned choreographer Karole Armitage, artistic director of the New York-based Armitage Gone! Dance company, will lead a two-day intensive with two of her company members to create a new work titled Dance Everywhen, which will then be performed by her dancers and workshop participants on February 24 at the Harvard Art Museums.

The performance is part of the Harvard Art Museum’s upcoming exhibition Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia, and will use the exhibition’s theme of the metaphor of transformation, moving from one state to another, as a jumping off point for an exploration of a shapeshifting dance. The dance will be performed to Didjerilayover, a composition by Stuart Dempster, who is credited with first bringing the  Didjeridu to the US. The music features the evocative buzzing harmonics of the traditional Aboriginal instrument, the Didjeridu. Karole Armitage is the 2015–16 Mildred Londa Weisman Fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. 

The performance on February 24 will take place in the Calderwood Courtyard at the Harvard Art Museums. Admission is free, but tickets and registration are required as tickets are limited. Visit the Harvard Art Museums webpage for information on the performance and reserving tickets

The performance will be followed by a talkback with Karole Armitage, and WBUR’s All Things Considered host Lisa Mullins, as well as a light reception. Visitors will have an opportunity to view the Everywhen galleries during the reception.

This opportunity is open to Harvard University students with a fluency in ballet, modern, and contemporary dance. 

Participants must be available for the FULL workshop and rehearsal schedule, plus the performance on Wednesday, February 24th. 


Saturday, February 20
Workshop: 2-7:30 PM (includes a costume fitting)
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1

Sunday, February 21
Workshop: 2-6 PM
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1

Monday, February 22
Tech & Dress Rehearsal: 7-11 PM (dinner provided)
Location: Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St. 

Wednesday, February 24
Rehearsal:  6-7 PM
Performance: 7:30-7:45 PM
Location: Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St. 

Dancers should come to the workshop ready to rehearse with loose hair that is messy and free. Dancers will be asked to bring street clothes and shoes they can dance in (ideally black and/or white) on the first day of the workshop. Bare legs and a leotard will be the expected costume. Leotards will be provided. 

Due to very limited capacity, online registration is required. Participation is first-come, first-served, with priority given to Harvard University Undergraduate Students. A wait list will be taken once capacity is reached. 

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: Karole Armitage. Credit: Bruce Weber.