Rebellious Structures + Dynamic Habits

Taught by Jess Curtis and Abby Crain
March 27-31, Mon-Fri, 10:30am-5:30pm
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A five-day intensive workshop in body-based performance with internationally acclaimed performance makers Jess Curtis and Abby Crain

Performance is a flow of forces between bodies that affects everyone who is present with them. Sourcing from unpredictable and profound structures; come sweat, breathe, move, think, talk, listen, feel and take action as we cultivate a dynamic temporary habitat for both non-linear and radically thoughtful modes of performance making.


:: DATE + TIME ::

Mon-Fri March 27-31 from 10:30am-5:30pm

10:30am – 12:30pm

Fixity is Overrated – Morning Practice with Abby Crain

1:30pm – 5:30pm

Multi-modal Performance/Creation Practices with Jess Curtis


:: BIOS ::

Jess Curtis is an award-winning choreographer and performance artist who is committed to an art-making practice informed by experimentation, innovation, critical discourse, and social relevance at the intersections of fine art and popular culture. Curtis co-founded the radical performance collective CORE, and created and performed multi-disciplinary dance theater throughout the U.S., Europe, and the former Soviet Union with Contraband in the 80’s and 90’s. In 2000, after 15 years of making dance in the Bay Area as an independent choreographer, Curtis founded his own company, Jess Curtis/Gravity. He holds an MFA in Choreography and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from UC Davis.


Abby Crain is an Oakland based artist who makes dances, teaches, writes, curates and performs. Her work has been presented in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, NYC, and Berlin. She worked with Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People from 2001-2009, and has danced in various capacities with Sara Shelton Mann since 1999. She has also had the pleasure of performing in the work of David Dorfman, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Guillermo Gomez Peña, and Jess Curtis, to name a few. She has taught through Movement Research NYC, teaches annually in Dos Rios California with Sara Shelton Mann, at the FRESH Festival, and recently, at Ponderosa Tanzland in Stolzenhagen, Germany. She has studied Open Source Forms with Stephanie Skura since 2009, and was certified to teach the work in 2014.


:: ACCESS ::

CounterPulse is ADA accessible. People of diverse physicalities are welcome and encouraged to attend. If you have questions regarding access or require specific accommodations please feel free to contact us at info [at] jesscurtisgravity [dot] org

[Cover photo by Robbie Sweeny]


March 27, 2017
March 31, 2017
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