Shape/Space and Time/Motion
Véronique will lead the first class of the day, preparing the body and mind to move freely. Ruths class then explores the release of movement through the lens of shape, time and space, presenting dance as communication of sensed values. Both Véronique and Ruth will mentor the creating of dances to be presented in concert on Friday, July 10. Over the two weeks you will accumulate over 50 class hours.
Ruth E. Grauert holds a B.A. from Ursinus, 1939, and an M.A. from Columbia, 1941. She is the recipient of the 2005 Martha Hill Lifetime Achievement Award and doctorates of humane letters from Ursinus College in 2009 and Centenary College in 2013. Ruth studied with Hanya Holm, Martha Graham, Alwin Nikolais, Anna Sokolow, Truda Kashmann, Muriel Stewart, and Charles Weidman. She was a member Nikolais Hartford Company, 194243; assistant to Nikolais, 19481988; stage director for Murray Louis, 19531970; lighting designer and stage manager for Phyllis Lamhut, Beverly Blossom, and others, 1948 on; and she taught lighting at the Nik/Lou lab, 19481995. In 19791980 she directed the Compagnie de la Danse Contemporaine dAngers in France. She is founder and director of Bearnstow, a summer arts place, from 1946 to present. Her lectures and classes in choreography are based on Nikolaiss theory of danceShape, Space, and Time as the source of dance Motion. She has authored numerous articles on general aesthetics, staging, lighting, and Alwin Nikolais, as well as concert and book reviews and poetry (see BearnstowJournal.org).
Véronique MacKenzie, originally from Montreal, Quebec, began her early dance training on the east coast before continuing her studies in Toronto, the U.S. and England. Her eclectic background includes ballet, jazz, modern dance, visual art, clowning, fool-work, creative movement and theatre, from which she has developed a unique performance style. Her status as an independent dancer has allowed her to dance in a variety of contemporary dance productions as well as develop a successful choreographic career. Recipient of one of Nova Scotia’s prestigious Established Artist Awards, and two-time recipient of Live Art’s Diane Moore Scholarship for choreography, Véronique has presented her work across the country in a variety of festivals and productions. Her most recent site-specific piece entitled Storm Dances was presented outside in one of the year’s most intense storms, and it met with national media attention. It was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and HRM Open Projects. She is currently honing two one-woman shows with support from Arts Nova Scotia, staging the opera Encounters (Dal Opera), and preparing to choreograph for the musical Urinetown (Neptune MTTP program). Véronique is on faculty at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD University), Neptune Theatre School, Dalhousie Theatre Department and Halifax Dance. She is also a visual artist and holds two degrees in science and social work.
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The 2016 GrauertMacKenzie Workshop
Ruth Grauert, Chaesong Kim, and Jonathan Trejo improvise at Bearnstow, July 14, 2016.
Video by Dylan McLaughlin