Sketching and space – an improvisation

What did you think of the Petronio residency?

class with Stephen Petronio 3/3/14


9 thoughts on “Sketching and space – an improvisation

  1. I thought that the master class was very helpful. I really enjoyed the way we warmed up because it was quite relaxed and slow, which I never really thought would be so effective. Usually when I warm up I do a series of stretches and jumps, but the beginning of class we focused on breath and our bones, which felt like we were reaching somewhere deeper. The rest of the class was just as rewarding. The way he thinks about space is very creative and I think that it could help me in my choreographing in the future because it opens up a lot of potential for ideas. The sketching exercise was freeing and I enjoyed watching what everyone came up with and how differently our bodies move when left to our own thoughts and feelings. I’m so glad I could participate in this class!

  2. I had such a good time in the master class on Monday. As Amelia said, the warm up was incredibly relaxing and rewarding. It was slow and comfortable and seemed to reach every single part of the body: waking up each muscle and bone more and more with every movement. This too is very different from how I normally warm up, which again like Amelia said, is usually kind of fast paced and hard on the body. It was refreshing. This was true for the rest of the class as well. The concepts and vocabulary that he introduced to us was both familiar–thank you Gerald–and still new and interesting. Like your class, it was very helpful hearing the names and purposes of different parts of the body and how they worked with your movement. I also loved the way he asked us to interact with not only our own bodies and movement, but also with our memories, with objects, and with each other. The way he wanted us to invite freedom and organic ineraction in the space was very intriguing and different from what I was used to. It was a wonderful exercise, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching and working with the class and with Stephen. I also went to both the open rehearsal and the talk/performance, and again, it was so refreshing! and brilliant! and cool. I guess. Just kidding. I was blown away not only by the pure strength and beauty of his choreography and his dancers talents and execution of movement, but also by how real and welcoming they were. This experience definitely gave me some insight on where I want to be as a dancer. Thanks Gerald!

  3. The Petronio Residency was immensely helpful. I have actually been telling all my friends (dancers and non-dancers alike) about the etching exercises, and they have been fascinated. From etching the architecture of the room, to etching the space and energy between two people, to etching a memory felt like such a grounded way to inspire movement. At the end of the class, I was astounded by the memories that everyone shared. The embodiment of memories felt even more intimate than verbal descriptions. That exercise really opened us up. It was refreshing to hear that all his dancers are creative and problem-solvers, which was then radically evident when I watched their open rehearsals. Every single dancer was so present when it was their turn to dance. Whenever he asked them about a specificity, they responded. I love how much Petronio thinks about and respects the architecture of movement. I think that is my biggest take away from his being here and from your class.

  4. I wasn’t able to attend the master class but seeing that short clip reveals that it was a wonderful experience. In the exercise, it seems like the dancers are letting go of everything and simply expressing free movement. Learning a choreography can be like writing an analytic paper–following certain guidelines and procedures. This exercise, however, is more like a free write–it allows the dancers to input into their moves whatever they want.

    It reminds me of the exercise we just did the past class. I felt so freeing to just dance without a purpose, in contrast to the show (LOL). I found myself pushing my arms forward and thinking of how i wanted to push all my work load off and just be free. Cool, right? I thought it was.

  5. I was not able to attend any of the classes, but I went to the artist speak and I found it amazing how a person is able to create his ideas and his emotions through other dancers. I liked how Stephen allowed his dancers to incorporate their own style of dancing in the routines he asked of them, this made the dancers seem individual and unique rather than an army. This also made me realize the hard work that goes into creating a routine. To be able to portray an image and a memory into a dance routine is truly a work of art. Both Stephen and the dancers are extremely talented and did an amazing job executing the routines with such passion and soul.

  6. Sadly, I was unable to attend the master class. However, I am very pleased that I had a chance to attend the student talk. Petronio’s work is absolutely breathtaking. I loved how he explained the motivation and backstory of each piece, because you can really understand the depth meaning behind each movement. It was also comforting to see the comradery between his company dancers, and himself. The importance of relation between those you work with. One main idea that stood out to me the most was when Stephen Petronio talked about how his art disappears, the moment it happens. Him yearning to be able to latch onto those brief seconds, and how it is gone. I think this is what makes dance even more beautiful. Whenever we try to replay a piece in our head, it will never the same as the moment we saw it in real time. I think this always applies to a lot of moments in life.

  7. I was only able to attend the brown bag luncheon and it was amazing to hear of all the lives of each dancer. They are all so inspirational and give hope that anything is possible if one works hard to achieve their dreams. I loved hearing how most of them didn’t begin to dance until they reached college or that their family was not in any way into the performing arts department. To hear of their struggles and accomplishments was amazing. I had never met any celebrity dancers, and I think having the company at UCSC was great, it should happen more often.

  8. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend Petronio’s performance but I instead I was able to attend his lecture. I thought it was beyond amazing. Learning about his past and present was a big impact because he truly follows his dreams and has gone through many spiteful challenges but has been managed to pull through. It was amazing to see how he gave us summaries from his book and explained what each part meant to him. Seeing his dancers do a few performances was pretty cool too because I was able to see how passionate the dancers were, although seeing them stretch intimidated me a bit, but overall I can’t over the the music and the front cover of Petronio’s book.

  9. I loved this exercise! My movement was led by different areas of my body. It seemed like a great embodiment exercise that isolated my attention to specific areas, awakening them before bringing it all together in integrated movement. By the time we got to the last bit, I felt fully present within my body, ready to move authentically and able to clearly differentiate between its many parts.

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