Seeing Dance Like a Photographer

A photography class without cameras?  That’s right.  Arthur Fink is more concerned with teaching  us how to see than how to take a picture. Active looking and seeing, photographing from within; these are at the heart of  his two hour workshop “Seeing Dance Like a Photographer” which he’ll be offering at Cultivate. Participants will contemplate photographs, as well as excerpts from a live performance, and discuss them, practicing seeing in still images, without actually taking any photographs.

The photographer in residence at the Bates Dance Festival for the past seven years, Fink will be photographing much of what happens this year at Cultivate.

“He doesn’t look like a dancer” was how the arts reporter of the Portland Press Herald began a profile article on dance photographer Arthur Fink.  But Fink’s interactions with dancers might truly be considered dances of their own.

Below is a description of the workshop Arthur will facilitate as part of this year’s Cultivate programming. You can see more of Arthur’s work throughout the Cultivate website, and here, on his own site:  ArthurFinkPhoto.Com

Seeing Dance Like a Photographer (Friday, August 19, time and location TBA)
This is about seeing dance  and understanding how it translates into still two dimensional images.  We won’t need or use a camera.  Instead, we’ll look together at several short dance pieces ­ deciding exactly which images might tell the story of that dance, seeing if there is one “iconic” image, etc.  The program would be useful not just for those who want to photograph dance, but also for dancers and choreographers to better understand how their pieces might best be photographed, or for anybody seriously interested in photography.  Its lesson is:  “Look before you photograph”.

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Cultivate workshops announced!

Note:  All workshops will meet on Saturday, August 14, 2010
at the White Mountain School, Bethlehem, NH


10:00 – 11:30 | Kids’ Class: Push, Reach and Pull , with Jessica Howard $10

Jessica Howard

Students will build their movement vocabulary and move through space based on the concepts of push, reach and pull.  Jessica will move students in and out of and across the floor with focus on understanding the root an motivation of each motion.  The class will culminate with an in-class performance by the students of a dance phrase developed and manipulated from learned concepts.

This is a special workshop for young movers, ages 8-12.  No previous dance experience is necessary.

12:00 – 2:00 | Compositional Improvisation, with Pamela Vail and Katherine Ferrier  $15 ($25 if taken in combo with 2:30 class!)

Pamela Vail and Katherine Ferrier, photo by K. Krijijnowski

This class is for dancers interested in exploring improvisation both as spontaneous composition and for performance. We will be attending to the construction of compositional elements such as the initiation and generation of movement material, the expansion of individual movement vocabularies, the development of forms and the recognition and support of emerging structures. This class balances in-depth individual exploration with practice in spontaneous ensemble dance-making. The artistic value and integrity of one’s “voice” is sharpened in conversation with the whole and as we notice the aesthetic and poetic effect of our compositional choices. No previous formal dance experience is necessary, but a willingness to take risks is essential!

This workshop will be of particular interest to educators, offering creative strategies for integrating dance/movement into their daily teaching practice in order to help students access their inherent embodied intelligence.

2:30 – 4:30 | Smart Body Technique, with Tiffany Rhynard  $15 ($25 if taken in combo with 12:00 class!)

Tiffany Rhynard, photo by Alan Kimara Dixon

Smart Body Technique is training for the contemporary dancer utilizing weight based and release modalities, improvisation, and experiential anatomy. A series of sequenced exercises challenge dynamic range (from full throttle momentum to intricate gesture) and prepare the body for both athletic physicality and for mastering the artistry of complex phrasing. Smart Body Technique is informed by explorations in release technique, contact improvisation, yoga, and Pilates, as well as choreographic methods and film-making concepts.
This workshop is geared towards dancers with some previous experience, and will be of special interest to dance instructors who teach contemporary technique, as it addresses issues of integrating composition and improvisation into the mechanics of a technique class.