Hot Spot: Advanced Contemporary Technique with Katie Faulkner

July 29-August 2
10 - 11:30 AM

Drop-ins welcome. ODC class cards accepted, or pay an $18 drop-in fee per class.

ODC School invites guest artists to come teach Int/Adv classes in the Hot Spot on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. Keep an eye out for who’s coming to the Dance!

Katie Faulkner's rigorous, highly physical contemporary technique class will consider the cultivation of sensitivity, listening and generosity as technical and performative skills as in need of practice as our neuromuscular coordination. Building from a flow-based warm-up that utilizes the somatic and functionally sound principles of Bartenieff Fundamentals, we prime our bodies through accessing a fully activated spine; articulated, safe and 3-dimensionally mobilized joints; a vital, expressive inner core (our strength and our guts); and a conscious interplay between our mobility and stability. Bringing a choreographer's love of movement invention to phrasework, Faulkner's class builds through a progressive series of phrases that evolve from floorwork to jumps (terrestrial >> airborne!) and culminate in combinations with flow, musicality, complexity, detail and space for your fully alive, sweaty, imperfect, powerful self.

Katie Faulkner is a choreographer, performer, and teaching artist. As a freelance performer and dancer with AXIS Dance Company from 2003-2007, she has performed the works of Bill T. Jones, Stephen Petronio, Ann Carlson, Victoria Marks, Susan Rethorst, and Randee Paufve. Her choreographic work has received support both locally and nationally in the form of numerous grants, commissions, residencies and awards. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at ODC Theater, the Rauschenberg Residency, and the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography and has been the recipient of several Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, the top prize in the Joyce Theater A.W.A.R.D. Show!/SF competition and the SF Bay Guardian GOLDIE Award for dance. She is on faculty at UC Berkeley and the University of San Francisco and was recently invited to be a 2017-2018 Truth Fellow with the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Photo Credit: Yvonne M. Portra