Saying No: Dramaturgical Strategies in the Dance-Making Process

Zee Hartmann
Tuesday-Thursday, June 26-29 at 4pm-6pm
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In this workshop, dramaturg and choreographer Zee Hartmann leads experienced dancers through a compositional dance process that aims to strengthen collaborative work while maintaining individuality and personal conviction. Positive reinforcement methodologies are set aside to employ a productive critical thinking initiative where questioning takes precedence over answering. The Critical Response Process is adapted to reflect a new dramaturgical approach that places emphasis on the dynamic intricacies between the dance-maker and the responder. Participants will learn productive strategies of how, when and why to say “no”, both in their own creative processes and in the creative processes of others. Participants are expected to engage both practically and theoretically with the materials provided and might be sent a short required-reading list.

The participants will present new works-in-progress made during the workshop in an informally curated and free public showing Thursday, June 29 at 7pm.

Monday, June 26th
Tuesday, June 27th
Wednesday, June 28th
Thursday, June 29th (Free public showing at 5pm)

TIME: 4:00PM to 6:00PM

LOCATION: CounterPulse, 80 Turk Street, SF, CA 94102

COST: $20/day or $60 for entire workshop

Zee Hartmann is a dance educator, choreographer and dramaturg from Cape Town, South Africa. She holds degrees from Beloit College in Wisconsin (BA Dance), the American Academy of Design and Technology in Chicago (Associates in Fashion Design) and Sarah Lawrence College (MFA Dance) in New York. In New York she worked dramaturgically for Sara Rudner and Peggy Gould, held a full-time position as the Head Archivist for the Twyla Tharp Dance Foundation, and contributed to the Movement Research Journal. In 2011 she won the award for Best Choreography from the NYC Fresh Fruit LGBT performance festival. In Cape Town Zee is the artistic director for The Line & Light Dance Collective, a young company striving to develop focused research processes in the development of new works by both local and international choreographers. In 2018 Zee will graduate with an MA in International Dramaturgy from the University of Amsterdam in conjunction with the University of Cape Town.


June 26, 2017 @ 4:00 am
June 29, 2017 @ 6:00 pm