Monday, November 23, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just wanted to let everyone who's been reading the dancers' blog know that they've been absent from posting because they were performing in Texas on the weekend of the 14th with the Houston Met in Quirky Works, and then they had a two-day week last week in the studio. They are off this whole week for Thanksgiving but will return to the studio for the first two weeks in December (starting Dec. 2), after which they will be off for the holidays until January 18.
-Claire (Communications Manager at SDC)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Lunchtime and Salon Nov 12

Lunchtime in the studio, is always an exciting event because you never know who will walk through the studio door to be a part of our day . Some regulars, some dance afficianados, some local decatur folks, and some people who just happen to be randomly walking by the door.

Bistro in a Box and Decatur Starbucks, provided free refreshments to the first 40 attendees.

We showed a series of improvisational studies centered around the new work being developed by Artistic Director Sue Schroeder in tandem with the Core Dance artists.

I find it interesting to notice the difference in working privately in the studio and doing real improvised work for a live audience.

In the evening we delved even a little deeper into the process during The Salon.

We began with a walking meditation focused on one clear idea. Upon committing to the idea we dropped the walking meditation and began movement improvisation. Through the improvisation we found where the "idea" lived in our body, where it held the space, how it interpreted time and what energy resignated with it. This new experience invited the "audience" as viewers to see the process which created new awakenings for us as creators.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

busy day...

what up's alex. i know blake is blogging this week...but today we have an exciting and busy day. actually, blake is in the studio right now rehearsing "Tus Pasos Encontrados" because they leave tomorrow for Houston to perform in Quirky Works at the Wortham this Saturday the 14th. is a recording of the final "combination" taught today by Corian. the company members rotate who teaches company class...and today was corian's day.

on the schedule today...we also have a Lunchtime in the Studio at noon, til one, which is a free performance during lunch where we get food and coffee donated for people to enjoy a performance with a free lunch...then we talk and mingle too. then tonight we have a Salon performance from 6-8...which is like lunchtime...but with catered food from a local restaurant, wine and other beverages. the topic of both performances will be the current work...The Point.

so if you can...please come to either one of those if you are free. hope to see you there...

alex :)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wednesday. More investigations with Lori, leading us through different approaches to the Laban work. It is amazing to me how this clear and simple interpretation of spatial direction and intention can take us deeply into a full and satisfying exploration that can lead us to new relations with our bodies, each other and the space around us.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Lori Teague, certified movement analyst, dancer, choreographer, and faculty member of emory university takes the CPC dancers through Rudolf Laban's Scale A. The laban work is a great tool for dancers to use their finely honed instrument of the body to find new movement vocabulary and new movement patterns, or just to have fun with some old movement patterns, as seen in this 'Disco' version of scale A.

Friday, November 06, 2009


We had an informal performance yesterday for our benefactor and it brought up some things I never think about as a performer. There is the dancer in rehearsal, and there is the dancer in performance. What about those in between performances? What information can you gather from that sort of pressure/performance? There is no real right or wrong answer to the question, but it all informs us as performers.

We add layers upon layers of experience with every performance we have. As we become more seasoned, new things are discovered and explored. This is what keeps things fresh even after repeating a dance over and over again. No one performance will ever be the same as the one before so we are trained to adapt and move on. This is where the real beauty arises. Where the unexpected lives and makes itself known just when you thought this time was just like the time before.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Doing the work

Today in the studio, "Tus Pasos" is getting ready to perform at quirky works in Houston! We have Blake and Claire cleaning some intesnse dance moves! It is amazing how specific we must be as dancers! Because of our physical make up, it feels different from person to person in order to look the same...Basically cleaning is HARD! But we must do it!

"Tus Pasos" (Claire and Blake)

(Kim and Sharon)

Monday, November 02, 2009


November 2, 2009

Working the trio form...

The writtings on the wall!