Collaboration with Claire Porter

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Claire Porter

Year: 2019-2020
DanceForce Member: Elaine Gardner
Artists: Elaine Gardner, Claire Porter
Community Partners: Bill Evans Teachers Institute; Buffalo State College; Burchfield Penney Art Center; SUNY at Buffalo; SUNY Fredonia Dept of Theatre & Dance
Audience: 610
Counties: Chautauqua, Erie Ontario

Elaine Gardner, Director of Pick of the Crop Dance, will work with choreographer/comedian Claire Porter on a new collaborative choreographic work. This piece will be created and performed by Porter and Gardner as a stand-alone performance work and as a teaching platform for dance educators on collaboration. The dance piece and the dance education workshop will highlight methods used in comedic dance theater. Gardner and Porter will focus on comedic movement expression, use of political text, the creative choreographic collaboration process, and performance techniques.

The artists will teach a workshop for dance educators at the Bill Evans Summer Institute taking place July 4-14 2019 at Hobart William Smith College in Geneva.

The work will be performed at the Danceforce Summer meeting in Buffalo, NY on July 31 2019 and in the WNY community during the 2019-2020 season. The artists will offer workshops,rehearsals, and performances to the general public in Buffalo, Fredonia, Geneva, and other sites TBD.

This project is significant as it brings together two well-established mature solo dance artists. These artists intend to explore new ground in terms of movement vocabulary and content for dance/performers over the age of 60. The artists hope to identify other places where this kind of work will inspire a multi-generational audience of dance and theater goers.

The artists will work remotely via Skype and technology as well as meeting/rehearsing in NYC, Geneva, and Buffalo to create this work.