Teaching

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:

LFD's Fall Intensive Workshop will give dancers the opportunity to work alongside artistic director Liss Fain and the LFD company dancers to explore the ideas and process of the company's next premiere, The Words, which will have its first performances in early 2018. For The Words, the company is working with personal letters from the past to create a work that explores intimacy, solitude, and connection. The piece will be performed with the audience surrounding the dancers and will invite audience members to write their own letters to become part of the performance. During the workshop, we will explore the development of choreography and improvisation connected to personally meaningful texts, and how performers can connect and interact across distance in an installation environment. Dancers will share in the highly collaborative and physically exacting process that underpins LFD's performance work.

This workshop is structured like a company rehearsal, where dancers work with underlying concepts and stories to create movement from prompts, individualize movement phrases, and incorporate the range of perspectives that affect the performance of installation works. Advanced, professional and pre-professional dancers interested in the company’s work, which fuses contemporary force with the kinetic precision of ballet and is developed through a highly collaborative process, are encouraged to apply.

DETAILS:
September 15, 16, 17
12:30-4:30pm each day
at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance

FEE:
$120 (register by August 18), $150 (after August 18)

HOW TO APPLY:
Please send the following materials via email to Megan Kurashige at megan@lissfaindance.org:

  • Resume as a PDF
  • Head shot and dance photo
  • A link to online footage of your dancing (either in studio or in performance; please make sure that link is public and viewable, or send the appropriate password).
  • A brief statement describing why you are interested in working with Liss Fain Dance in a workshop setting and what you would like to gain from the experience. Please send as a PDF.

Liss Fain Dance has two ongoing education programs that connect the company with both young people and advanced dancers. The company's outreach program, developed in partnership with 826 Valencia, provides opportunities for students from a broad spectrum of communities to combine dance and movement with creative writing. LFD has also partnered with Breakthrough San Francisco for a semester-long series of outreach workshops. For advanced and professional dancers, LFD's intensive workshops immerse participants in an intimate experience of the company's creative process for developing installation work. For more information about LFD's outreach programs, please visit the outreach page of our website.