Shape/Space and Time/Motion
The first class of the day prepares the body and mind to move freely. Then we will explore the release of movement through the lens of shape, time and space, presenting dance as communication of sensed values. 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.
This workshop focuses on the principles of motion that Alwin Nikolais developed to produce decentralized dancers, those whose focus would be not on their personal movement but on the motion itself dancers who could enter a moving world built upon the universal elements of time, space, shape, and motion.
We soar with the ballet dancer whose leaps lift us. We fade with the danseuse whose port de bras vibrate with death. We become the blind grandmother who spins. We rock in the arms of our ancestress. We go with the kid next door who gets on a bike and flies to the moon. These moments of motion that we behold and cherish are those of creators devoted to the presentation of flying or dying, of doing or dreaming. They have lent themselves to the time/shape/space/ motion of the act. They have made our inner space vibrate with them and our outer space soar. It is this attention to space upon which we will concentrate.
It is not the perfect turnout; rather it is where the knees point. It is not the perfect port de bras but the space the arms enclose. That we fill these far reaches with substance, and inner space with light, is human and speak human to human. This is dance.
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).
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The 2016 Shape/Space and Time/Motion Workshop
Ruth Grauert, Chaesong Kim, and Jonathan Trejo improvise at Bearnstow, July 14, 2016.
Video by Dylan McLaughlin