DITA, Int/Adv Contemporary Tech w/guest artist Amy Cova
Int/Adv Contemporary Modern Technique
Sunday September 16, 2018
Grand Rapids Ballet
341 Ellsworth Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
$17/$15 Professional/Dance Educator
$13 Pre-registration provided by ArtPeers: https://artpeers.org/pre-registration/
For dancers 16+ years old ~ for more information contact Amy Wilson at [email protected]
Amy Cova, (MFA in Dance, U of M) is Artistic Director of Amy Cova Dance (ACD), contemporary dance ensemble splitting time between NYC and Michigan, often working in collaboration with musicians and visual artists. Cova is on faculty at the University of Michigan and The Roeper School. She is an Artist Associate at Room Project, a space for women and non-binary writers and artists. Cova’s movement vocabulary punctuates the highly physical with a quiet gestural sense evoking worlds of turmoil, confusion, hope, and happiness in a single theatrical experience. Cova is interested in embodied text, oral histories, subjugated knowledge and personal reflections as they dialogue through evocative movement languages.
Amy Cova has been presented at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out, and throughout NYC at Dance New Amsterdam, the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, Triskelion Arts, The Flea Theatre and The Irondale Center. Her work has been showcased at the Alvin Ailey Studio Theater, The Alchemical Theater Laboratory, the John Ryan Theater, Studio AIR, Dixon Place, Spoke the Hub, the Green Space, and the Detroit Institute of Art.
Cova has performed in works by Laura Dean, Daniel Gwirtzman, Rennie Harris, Alex Springer, Paul Taylor, and Ginger Thatcher, amongst others. She has most recently performed at WestFest All Over WestBeth (NYC) with compositional, improve dance cooperative, The Lovelies and Grand Rapids Ballet as part of Michigan Dance Festival’s Maggie Allesee Choreography Competition.
Cova has been a faculty member/guest artist at numerous institutions, including University of Michigan, Manhattanville College, Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Oakland University, Wayne State University, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, DITA, Gibney Dance Center (NYC) and Dance New Amsterdam (NYC). Her choreography has been presented internationally in Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica and Italy. She enjoys continued collaboration with musician, David Vaughn.
This class celebrates freedom in movement; big, juicy moves alongside quiet gestural shifts. With a focus on an organic, personal way of moving, students are encouraged to tap into their physical, intellectual and emotional history throughout class. We begin with an easy, rhythmical movement pattern gently waking the muscles and brain, uniting the bodies and energies in space in order to create a fresh community for learning. Together we move in and out of the floor with the aim of priming the body for more vigorous movement tasks. We explore the space through dynamic and often virtuosic movement patterns. Finally, extended phrase work invites students to couple their emotional and physical self in order to articulate their performative voice.