Tasks and Scores | 120 min
Sujata Goel [USA]
This masterclass introduces dancers to basic principles of alignment in the body, and the usage of task and scores in improvisation. We will go through a basic warm up to align the body from lying down to standing and walking and then move into simple improvisational procedures that employ the usage of task and scoring in contemporary dance. The exercises will range from a focus on isolation of body parts, with a technical emphasis on how to initiate movement from the joints and skeleton, moving into how to build a phrase and move it through space. As well, we will improvise and manipulate the material created through the building of individual and group scores.
Born in America as a first generation Indian American, Sujata Goel studied Bharatanatyam under gurus V.P. and Shantha Dhananjayan and at the renowned conservatory Kalakshetra in Madras. From 1999-2004 she worked and trained with contemporary choreographer Padmini Chettur. In 2004, she was accepted at PARTS as its first Indian student and was supported after graduating by WP Zimmer, a leading production house in Belgium. There, she produced a solo, ‘Lady’, and 2 duets, ‘Disco Dancer'; ‘Nightlife’. In 2007 she moved back to India and taught dance in Bangalore, Madras and Bombay, before receiving a grant from the India Foundation for the Arts to produce a new solo. She completed ‘Dancing Girl’ over a two year residency at Adishakti in Pondicherry, India. The work was shown in festivals such as ‘Our Roots Right Now’ (Bangkok, Chulalongkorn University), Exodus (Ljubljana), Tanz Im August (Berlin), Palais de Beaux Arts (Brussels), Hong Kong International Performing Arts Festival, Queer NY (NYC), Festival Tokyo and others. Her next solo work, ‘Self-Love’, which examines the new age, self and capitalism will premier in 2017.