SFCD SUMMER INTENSIVE 2018

Session 1: May 28th-July 7th (6 weeks, $3,300)
Session 2: June 11th-July 7th (4 weeks, $2,400)
Session 3: July 9th-August 4th (4 weeks, $2,400)

*Accepted dancers into Session 1 or 2 may elect to extend their training by adding Session 3

Sessions 1 & 3: May 28th-August 4th (10 weeks, $5,400)
Sessions 2 & 3: June 11th-August 4th (8 weeks, $4,550)

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Our programs advance students’ artistic development and broaden the realm of their possibilities through unique curricula designed and taught by a stellar faculty. All sessions provide advanced training in ballet, modern, and improvisation taught by Summer Lee Rhatigan, Alex Ketley, Courtney Mazeika, Chiharu Shibata, Christian Burns, Marlie Couto and Tristan Ching. Session 1 focuses on the study of William Forsythe’s Improvisational Technologies and development of new work with Alessio Silvestrin. Session 3 centers on Ohad Naharin’s Gaga movement language and the teaching of Mr. Naharin’s repertory. Alex Ketley, Christian Burns, Courtney Mazeika and Eli Nelson develop new work with dancers in all sessions.

While Messrs. Forsythe and Naharin are perhaps best known internationally as ground-breaking, contemporary choreographers, they independently developed Improvisational Technologies and Gaga over the course of many years as proprietary systems to help dancers expound upon and refine their choices as movers and thinkers. The opportunity for dancers to gain in-depth exposure to their teachings is rare, and we are delighted to welcome back the representatives of such distinguished choreographers to work with program participants.



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SESSION 1: MAY 28TH-JULY 7TH

FOR ADVANCED STUDENTS AND PROFESSIONALS 18+ YEARS OF AGE

This 6-week session will include a 4-week immersion in William Forsythe’s Improvisational Technologies conducted by Alessio Silvestrin. Students will also develop new works, one in collaboration with Alessio and others with SFCD’s resident choreographers. Highly-challenging ballet and modern technique classes will be taught by Summer Lee Rhatigan, Chiharu Shibata, Christian Burns, Courtney Mazeika, Marlie Couto and Alessio. All dancers will participate in theater performances on the last Friday evening and Saturday afternoon of the session.

As the program days are 8-10 hours long, six days a week, we are careful to accept dancers who demonstrate not only great passion for their art form, but also physical strength, stamina and mental fortitude.

Tuition for Session 1: $3,300
Tuition for Sessions 1 & 3 combined: $5,400


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SESSION 2: JUNE 11TH-JULY 7TH

OPEN TO ADVANCED DANCERS AGES 14-23

Highly-challenging ballet, improvisation, and modern technique classes will be taught by Summer Lee Rhatigan, Alex Ketley, Chiharu Shibata, Christian Burns, Courtney Mazeika, Marlie Couto and Tristan Ching. These classes will provide the daily laboratory in which experimentation, focus and physical commitment lay the groundwork for in-depth collaboration in the choreographic process with Alex, Christian, Courtney and Eli Nelson. All dancers will participate in theater performances on the last Friday evening and Saturday afternoon of the session.

As the program days are 8-10 hours long, six days a week, we are careful to accept dancers who demonstrate not only great passion for their art form, but also physical strength, stamina and mental fortitude.

Tuition for Session 2: $2,400
Tuition for Sessions 2 and 3 combined: $4,550


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SESSION 3: JULY 9TH-AUGUST 4TH

OPEN TO ADVANCED DANCERS AGES 14-23

Tom Weinberger will teach Gaga classes and selected works from Ohad Naharin’s repertory. Highly-challenging ballet, improvisation, and modern technique classes taught by Summer Lee Rhatigan, Alex Ketley, Chiharu Shibata, Christian Burns, Courtney Mazeika, Marlie Couto, and Tristan Ching. Classes will provide the daily laboratory in which experimentation, focus and physical commitment lay the groundwork for in-depth collaboration in the choreographic process with Alex, Tom, Christian, Courtney, Eli Nelson, and Tristan. All dancers will participate in theater performances on the last Friday evening and Saturday afternoon of the session.

As the program days are 8-10 hours long, six days a week, we are careful to accept dancers who demonstrate not only great passion for their art form, but also physical strength, stamina and mental fortitude.

Tuition for Session 3: $2,400
Tuition for Sessions 1 & 3: $5,400
Tuition for Sessions 2 & 3: $4,550


William Forsythe's Improvisational Technologies

The American-born choreographer William Forsythe is recognized internationally as one of the world's foremost choreographers and widely credited with revitalizing classical ballet for the twenty-first century. After directing the celebrated Frankfurt Ballet from 1984-2004, Forsythe established a new ensemble, The Forsythe Company, which he directed from 2005 to 2015. Forsythe is a current Professor of Dance and Artistic Advisor for the Choreographic Institute at the University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. 

His ideas have engaged with and contributed to all of the most significant international artistic currents of our time—from performance and visual arts to architecture and interactive multimedia. Quite simply, his choreographic vocabulary has redefined body, space, time and movement.

In 1994, Forsythe produced a "digital dance school" in the form of an interactive computer installation. That project was originally released as the CD-ROM William Forsythe: Improvisational Technologies: A Tool for the Analytical Dance Eye, featuring some 60 video chapters in which Forsythe demonstrates and comments upon the essential principles of his motional language. Examples, danced by members of the Frankfurt Ballet, can be called up as required. Also included is a solo performance by Forsythe, filmed in 1996.

Forsythe’s Improvisational Technologies provides a hands-on guide to the approach he uses to create different types of movements. His methodology is grounded in using geometric shapes such as points, lines and three-dimensional forms to help dancers develop their own improvisational practice. And each of the video explanations includes overlain animated graphics to help dancers visualize each example.

Rather than going systematically through the CD-ROM, the in-depth examination of Forsythe’s Improvisational Technologies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance is conducted in-person by Mr. Forsythe’s representative, former Frankfurt Ballet principal dancer Alessio Silvestrin, who spent several years working very closely on the system with Mr. Forsythe.

Ohad Naharin's Gaga Movement Language

Ohad Naharin began creating Gaga over twenty years ago while he was recuperating from a debilitating back injury. In an effort to accelerate his rehabilitation, he focused on finding ways to make his injured body move more efficiently by accessing untapped potential in the healthier parts of his body. Gaga eventually became the official training method for the Batsheva Dance Company. Mr. Naharin continued to develop Gaga with the ultimate objective of helping both dancers and non-dancers alike activate weak or constricted parts of their bodies as part of the process of discovering and taking pleasure in the unique way in which their bodies move.

When asked by a Dance Magazine editor “What is Gaga?”, Mr. Naharin explained, “Gaga is the name of the movement that the [Batsheva] company is now trained in daily. With gaga we discover our movement patterns, and we become attuned to our weaknesses and to the places of atrophy in our bodies. We become more efficient in our movement and it allows us to go beyond familiar movements. We connect to our joy of dance and to our explosive power. The dancers become really great interpreters and also inventors of movement.”