This 3-week workshop embraces the power and possibility in the body alone and in contact with objects, spaces and people.
These 2.5 hour classes focus on bungee and as we get comfortable, bungee partnering. We begin with a Contact Improvisation based warm-up to prepare for partnering in the air. This will also be our opportunity to engage in discussion around strength, fluidity, awkwardness, aerial movement aesthetics and expectations around the body you inhabit.
About Sonya Smith:
Sonya Smith is the first to complete the Aerial Track of the MFA in Dance from the University of Colorado Boulder. A scientific artist, Smith has accumulated somatic information from Alexander Technique, Kinesiology, and athletic training as well as a certificate in Pilates and a Gyrokinesis Apprenticeship. Smith’s curiosity about the body and effective training methods for aerial and ground-based dancing is insatiable. Performing in San Francisco and producing work in multiple cities, she combines a passion for highly physical dancing and a quirky theatricality both on the ground and in the air, weaving together Contact Improvisation, bungee and harnesses, lyra, and a variety of invented aerial apparatus. Smith spent a decade studying and dancing in with Joanna Haigood/Zaccho Dance Theatre, Project Bandaloop, Jo Kreiter/Flyaway Productions, Sara Shelton Mann, Eat Cake Productions, and Terry Sendgraff before returning to academia where she has continued to earn residencies and produce work around the country.