Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Oct 17 - May 10

Art of Choreography

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ART OF CHOREOGRAPHY – Site Specific Dance
Taught by Madeleine Dahm, Artist in Residence at GRoW at The Wallis
12 sessions starting October 24th 2016- February 13th 2017
Tuition for the first session, $250
Scholarships Available 
Ages 16-20 
This experiential 12 week Lab will delve into the principles of creating dance that is site specific.  As dance continues to expand beyond theatrical stages and concert venues, choreographers and dancers are regularly called upon to devise and perform work in non-traditional spaces.
Working in and around the Wallis building, participants will learn how to create work that is inspired by architecture, outdoor landscaping and interior design. Choreographers will explore how to integrate physical structures into composition and how to draw meaning from them.  This course will start October 24th with approximately 12 sessions (Monday nights) and will culminate in a site specific performance at The Wallis in early February 2017.
Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in master classes and/or attend rehearsals or performances with leading dance companies and choreographers at The Wallis including: Paul Taylor Dance Company, Daniel Ezralow, Mathew Bourne’s New Adventures, Jacob Jonas and The Jose Limon Dance Company.
NOTE: There will be an additional Spring session in the Art of Choreography (focus to be announced later this year), this session will start in February 2017 and will culminate with a concert in the Bram Goldsmith Theater in May 2017. 
For more information on the application process, please email Education@thewallis.org
About Madeleine Dahm
Madeleine Dahm is an internationally-respected artist with thirty years of experience working in professional theatre and contemporary dance arts. She has worked with some of the world’s leading theatres, performing companies, and training academies, and she has collaborated with renowned innovators in theatre, dance, multi-media, music, and art. Madeleine was a professional dancer in England for fifteen years after studying with the legendary Martha Graham. Post-Graduate studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire led to training with theatre pioneer Lloyd Newson after which she began creating her own physical theatre work which was presented in concert venues in Europe, across the UK, and in the USA. Recent Credits include: Director and choreographer of Oktoberfest - The Musical: An Almost True Story (premiering August 2016) - Book by Phillip LaZebnik (Disney’s Mulan and Prince of Egypt), and Music by Grammy winning film composer Harold Faltemeyer (Top Gun and Beverley Hills Cop). In 2015/16 she was the Movement Director and Choreographer for The House is Black, a multi-media project created by world-renowned vocalist Sussan Deyhim, and Emmy award-winning composer Richard Horowitz. She is also currently working with famed LA arts critic and journalist Victoria Looseleaf, to direct the stage play of her novel, Isn’t it Rich. Madeleine is the recipient of a Los Angeles Theatre Guild Award for directing, she is an Associate Member of The Stage Director and Choreographers Society of America, and she is a Founding Member of The British Association of Choreographers.

Venue: GRoW: A Space for Arts Education