Slow Tempo is an approach to physical performance that incorporates a slow movement practice with an improvisational sensibility. Taught by choreographer Peter Kyle and actor Scott Giguere, the Slow Tempo workshop combines the physical training method of Japanese theater director Shogo Ohta with contemporary dance techniques with the goal of training individuals to appreciate the moment-to-moment fact of one’s being here.
Work time is balanced with ample personal time for reflection and contemplation, giving all participants opportunity to experience the richness of this location. The program is ideal for anyone interested in movement, performance and composition, regardless of age, experience or ability.
New for 2014
This year we will be introducing more detailed work in composition and improvisation using Slow Tempo techniques for returning workshop students or practitioners with equitable experience. These daily breakout sessions will focus on further use of improvisation in small groups and composition in other locations onsite, giving experienced students a chance to deepen their study of slow tempo in self-generated work.
The Slow Tempo work was astonishing! Any actor wanting to develop his or her sense of presence, economy, and immediacy in performance should explore this work.
Peter Kyle is Artistic Director of Peter Kyle Dance in New York City. An accomplished choreographer, teacher, filmmaker, and critically acclaimed performer (Murray Louis & Nikolais Dance, Mark Morris Dance Group and Erick Hawkins Dance Company, among others), he first encountered Slow Tempo in 2000 while working on a production of Ohtas Mizu No Eki, in Seattle. In 2002 he accompanied Pacific Performance Project/east to Japan to work with Mr. Ohta. He is among the first instructors in the United States to teach Mr. Ohtas work. Peter is a highly regarded teacher of dance and movement for actors. He teaches currently at Sarah Lawrence College, Marymount Manhattan College and Bard College, and frequently conducts master classes, residencies and workshops throughout the United States and internationally. Peter holds an MFA in Dance from University of Washington and a BA in Dance and German Area Studies from Kenyon College.
For more information see www.peterkyledance.org.
Download Peter Kyles CV (PDF).
Scott Giguere is a New Yorkbased actor and teacher, specializing in physical performance training techniques, which include the Suzuki Actor Training Method, Viewpoints, and Shogo Ohtas Slow Tempo work. He has taught movement and acting on the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Washington, Indiana UniversityBloomington, and Rutgers University. He is also a company member of Pacifica Performance Project east where he continues to work with Suzuki master teachers Steven Pearson and Robyn Hunt, in addition to his ongoing work with Peter Kyle Dance as a performer and as the theatrical advisor for the company. He has appeared in regional theatres across the U.S. and on international stages. Scott earned his M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Washington in Seattle and is a member of Actors Equity Association.