Justin Tornow

Residency: 

March 22, 2019 to April 20, 2019

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Cunningham Technique as a Practice of Freedom masterclass series, "a laboratory to research how we can apply Cunningham principles to our own movement interests"

Justin Tornow (MFA-Choreography) is a teaching artist and researcher currently based in Durham, NC. She is the director of COMPANY, producer of the artist series PROMPTS, and a co-founder of Durham Independent Dance Artists (DIDA.) Justin's work is collaborative and inter-disciplinary, in partnership with composers, musicians, film and video artists, and visual artists. Her research projects focus on pedagogies of dance technique and the development of collaborative choreographic contexts. Justin recently served as artist-in-residence at Tanzart Atelier in Germany, is summer faculty at the American Dance Festival, teaching composition and Cunningham technique courses, and is currently a New York Public Library Merce Cunningham Dance Research Fellow (pedagogy). Justin also serves as part-time dance faculty at UNC-Greensboro and Elon University, teaching studio courses in technique, composition, and repertory.

Cunningham Technique as a Practice of Freedom

Duke Dance Program is excited to celebrate the centenary of legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham with a set of unique classes at the Ruby, developed by dancer and choreographer Justin Tornow. Justin will present a series of master-classes, vibrantly reworking some of Cunningham’s methodology and propositions. This series acts as a basic introduction to Cunningham technique as well as a launch pad for Tornow to infuse it with contemporary agency. Tornow is currently a Merce Cunningham dance research fellow at the New York Public Library. 

Everyone is welcome to participate. Classes are open to Duke student and community dancers, but registration is required: https://dukedance.wufoo.com/forms/pmp4e3u18xv3dz/Attending all classes in the series would be ideal.

The dates for the classes are:
3/22/2019 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM
4/05/2019 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM
4/06/2019 from 11:00AM - 1:00 PM
4/19/2019 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM
4/20/2019 from 11:00AM - 1:00 PM

Location: Rubenstein Arts Center 224, 2020 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27705

Cunningham Technique-developed by the avant garde choreographer Merce Cunningham-is well known for increasing a dancer's range, physical strength, and possibilities for movement. Notably, the practice is also rooted firmly in an ideology based on freedom, individuality, and experimentation. Over the course of the 5-week series, we will use each class as a laboratory to research how we can apply Cunningham principles to our own movement interests. We will begin by exploring the standard Cunningham class format, then gradually erode the set structure to extract essential elements and features of the work to embody in guided composition studies and improvisations.

Photo by Emma Dimmig