Master Class with Diane Williams
Sep
30
10:00 AM10:00

Master Class with Diane Williams

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Sunday, September 30 | 10:00 - 11:30 AM

Firehouse Arts and Events Center

$18 general, $15 w/ student ID (no class cards)

We are so excited to have former member and co-founder of BRD, Diane Williams back in the studio with us this fall! Diane will be resetting her duet When the World Ends, which was originally choreographed for a Phrasings performance in spring of 2014. Join us for a master class with her on September 30 at the Firehouse.

Diane is a movement and visual artist who has been dancing, choreographing and teaching in Bellingham for more than 15 years. She studied dance at the University of Washington and on scholarship at Western Washington University, and has taught at WWU, Pacific Danceworks, and Northwest Ballet School. Diane currently teaches Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical and Choreography classes at Opus Performing Arts School. She is a co-founder of Bellingham Repertory Dance, recently retired from the stage after twelve years with the company. During that time, she had the pleasure of performing the works of many notable choreographers, including Joshua Beamish, Wade Madsen, Gina and Kyle Sorenson, Pablo Cornejo, Mary Sheldon-Scott, Deborah Wolf, Daniel Stark, Marlo Ariz, and solo works by Kevin Jenkins, Eva Stone and Lindsey Drury. She is honored and thrilled to be invited back to BRD as a choreographer and guest teacher.

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Master Class with Shannon Mockli
Aug
12
10:00 AM10:00

Master Class with Shannon Mockli

Sunday, August 12 | 10:00 - 11:45 AM
Firehouse Arts and Events Center
$18 general, $15 w/ student ID (no class cards)

Join us for another choreographer master class on Sunday, August 12! Eugene-based educator and artist, Shannon Mockli, will be resetting her piece What Once was Held on BRD dancers to be performed at the Firehouse on Oct 25-27 and Nov 1-3 alongside other exciting works of contemporary dance.

Shannon Mockli is an Associate Professor of Dance at the University of Oregon where she choreographs, performs and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in contemporary dance practices, improvisation, dance history, ballet, and pedagogy. Shannon presents her choreography throughout the Pacific Northwest and internationally, most notably as part of the A.W.A.R.D Show in Seattle, the Breaking Ground Festival in Tempe, Arizona, the World Dance Alliance general assembly in St. John's, Newfoundland, at UDLAP in Puebla, Mexico, at the Border Dance Festival in Tijuana, Mexico, and as part of the IUGTE Physical Theatre Lab in Bovec, Slovenia. Shannon is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah where she received her MFA and the L. Scott Marsh Mentorship Award from the University of Utah, Department of Modern Dance in 2008. 

Her piece What Once was Held was inspired by memory. Memories most potent seem to deal with time and loss, what once was held can't tangibly be held, but the body can articulate around the space that was once filled. How does movement look in the body when it's trying to remember? When she originally created the choreography, Mockli derived movement from various memories and asked the dancers to do the same for certain sections of the piece. The ensemble supports the idea that while we feel singular in our experience, we are all subject to the passing of time, both beautiful and heartbreaking.

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Master Class with Darion Smith
Jul
8
10:00 AM10:00

Master Class with Darion Smith

Sunday, July 8 | 10:00 - 11:45 AM
Firehouse Arts and Events Center
$18 general, $15 w/ student ID (no class cards)

Bellingham Repertory Dance's summer master class series continues on Sunday, July 8! Darion Smith will be visiting the area to create a brand new piece with BRD dancers to be premiered at the upcoming performance at the Firehouse on Oct 25-27 and Nov 1-3.

Darion Smith is the artistic director, resident choreographer, and co-founder of Janusphere Dance Company (JDC). Smith has created numerous choreographies for JDC, including evening-length works and recent exploration with dance on film. His contemporary dance work has been presented in New York City, California, Colorado, Rhode Island, Oregon, Washington State, Mexico, and Spain. In several of JDC's productions, Smith has collaborated with award-winning musicians such as: Reinhold Heil, Dick Hyman, David LaMarche, Yuval Waldman, Felix Ventouras, Jonathon Haffner, and Jonathan Melville Pratt.

As a dance educator, Smith has been a guest teacher at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College and taught ballet and jazz technique on tour and in New York City for Dance Theatre of Harlem's educational outreach and community programs. From 2015-2018 Smith was a graduate teaching fellow at the University of Oregon. Most recently, Smith lead students through ballet and contemporary technique masterclasses at Pacific Lutheran University as the 2018 guest artist in residence. As a professional dancer, Smith lived and worked in New York City for twelve years, where he performed with several companies including Dance Theatre of Harlem, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Buglisi Dance Theatre, New York Theater Ballet and Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance.

As a performing member of JDC, Smith appeared in many of the programs presented. Darion began his dance education with Kay Fulton at Santa Barbara City College and went on to study dance at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany, and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. Smith completed his MFA in dance at the University of Oregon in 2018. Smith is dedicated to fulfilling the artistic vision behind his work and the importance of dance in our world today and beyond.

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Master Class with Mari Meade
Jul
1
10:00 AM10:00

Master Class with Mari Meade

Sunday, July 1 | 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Firehouse Arts and Events Center
$18 general, $15 w/ student ID (no class cards)

Bellingham Repertory Dance is ecstatic to welcome Mari Meade (Brooklyn, NY) to teach a contemporary master class on July 1, kicking off this summer's master class series! Mari Meade is visiting to set her award-winning trio Boardroom Beef on BRD dancers. Her piece will be featured in BRD's performance this fall at the Firehouse on Oct 25-27 and Nov 1-3.

Mari Meade is a Brooklyn-based artist, born in California and raised outside New Orleans. She relocated to NYC in 2009 as a recipient of the Kenan Fellowship at Lincoln Center Education and founded Mari Meade Dance Collective (MMDC). Meade was awarded the 2017 University of North Carolina School of the Arts Choreographic Institute Development Residency, was selected for Doug Varone’s Devices: Choreographic Intensive and Mentorship, and was an Artist in Residence at Chez Bushwick (NYC) and Lake Studios Berlin (Germany). 

Currently, Meade is Triskelion Art’s 2018 Artist in Residence. She has been selected to participate in DEEP (Dancer’s Economic Empowerment Program) at Gibney Dance and will be choreographing a new work on young artists through Amalgamate Dance Company’s Guest Artist Series. She has taught intensives at Kas’ Art Exhibition (South Africa ) and Lelia Haller Ballet Classique (New Orleans) and master classes at University of Washington, Cornish College of the Arts, Idyllwild Arts Academy, University of Southern Mississippi, and Asheville Fringe Festival, among others. She is also a teaching artist for New York City Ballet and Dancing Classrooms. She is a graduate of UNC School of the Arts.

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