I am in the process of developing a technique class that, from beginning to end, includes partnership in one form or another. In an effort to increase interpersonal relationship among students, and for a generation (of which I am a part) whose primary method of communication is centered around technology, I believe touch is a critical aspect of learning, growth, and embodied and intellectual progress. Partnered Contemporary Technique© is a contemporary modern class that synthesizes principles of Contact Improvisation, post-modern dance, and form-based practices into being.
At Montclair State University, colleague Stevie Oakes and I co-taught Partnered Contemporary Technique© and presented a work-in-progress by Alexandra Beller. It was a delight to teach such a dedicated group of students, and engage in post-performance conversations with them on choreographic process.