May 18, 2019
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La MaMa Kids: La MaMa Moves! Dance Workshop

Led by Dan Safer

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In this workshop, we will explore some basics of contact improvisation and dancing with a partner. Moving up and down from the floor, rolling, maybe even picking each other up a little. Sharing weight, balancing, connecting to other people, connecting to the floor. Making sure what we do is focused, fun, and surprising.

Dan Safer is a director, choreographer, performer, and teacher. He is the Artistic Director of Witness Relocation, an internationally recognized dance/theater company known in NYC as one of the “ensembles who now lead the city’s progressive theater scene” (Village Voice), and the recipients of three New York Innovative Theater Awards. Their most recent show, THE LOON, was a NY Times Critics pick. Dan choreographed and co-directed the acclaimed UBU SINGS UBU with Tony Torn and Julie Atlas Muz (Abrons, Slipper Room, American Rep, BB King’s, Highline Ballroom). His work as a choreographer has been at BAM, DTW, Danspace, Ash Lawn Opera, and many other places. In 2011, he choreographed Stravinsky’s RITE OF SPRING for Philadelphia Orchestra with Obie-winners Ridge Theater. He was a 2007 recipient of the Six Points Fellowship (Performance), Artforum Magazine called him “pure expressionistic danger” and Time Out NY called him “a purveyor of lo-fi mayhem.” He has taught at NYU for nearly two decades, most recently as Head of Movement Training at NYU/ Playwrights Horizons Theater School. He is a frequent teacher at The Norwegian Theater Academy, and has taught workshops and classes at fancy places like Princeton, Columbia, and Juilliard, and universities and festivals all over the world. He is a certified Yoga teacher, used to be a go-go dancer, and once choreographed the Queen of Thailand’s Birthday Party.

The show is produced under the following program(s):

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