Feb 8 – 12 | Choreographic Mind with Susan Rethorst (Philadelphia)
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I teach from the point of view that making is an endless quest with ever shifting ground. I encourage an attitude of fueling work with one’s questions, not regarding plans or themes as pre-requisites. I regard teaching as a conversational mode; my exercises are proposals in action.
My own interests have to do with the nature of movement and its communication, how it operates as phenomena; this fuels my aesthetic and methods. I present composition initially from this point of view; my exercises propose ways of perceiving and proceeding that engage these ideas. But at the same time I am interested in creating a situation in which each student can locate her/his aesthetic and goals in the larger picture of dance’s many mini cultures.
I am interested as well in giving students the ability to recognize and access states necessary to making work; intuition, perception, cognition, interiority, emotional distance, spontaneity, pleasure, will, reflection, humor.
Since 1975, Susan Rethorst has created dances out of New York City. Since 1995, she has divided her time between New York and Amsterdam, teaching choreography throughout Europe and Scandinavia and continuing to make work in both Europe and America. Rethorst’s work has been presented by The Museum of Modern Art; The Kitchen Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Saint Marks, The Downtown Whitney Museum, among others, as well as at various dance theaters, universities, and festivals throughout the U.S. Internationally, her work has been produced by The Holland Festival, Spazio Zero Rome, The Kunsthalle Basel, The Aix-en-Provence Festival, among others. She has ongoing teaching relationships with Dansens Hus in Copenhagen, at Dartington College in England, and at Firkin Crane in Cork, Ireland. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1999), an Alpert Award (2011), and a Doris Duke Award (2015)