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CLASSCLASSCLASS: PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE with Ethan Cowan

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Photo: Jessie Gold of SKINT

As part of New Museum R&D Season: CHOREOGRAPHY, CLASSCLASSCLASS has organized PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE, a series of fifteen artist-led classes open to adult dancers and non-dancers from the general public. Admission to each class is $8 cash, payable directly to the instructor. Please plan to arrive on time and stay for the entirety of the class. See the individual class listings below for specific information on themes and content.

PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE with Ethan Cowan: F*Yoga

F*Yoga is not exercise. No sweating.
F*Yoga has no postures. Posing is for posers.
F*Yoga is radically subtle pleasure and satisfaction.
F*Yoga increases choices and decreases compulsions.
F*Yoga undoes struggle and strain.
F*Yoga wants flexible brains. Brains like babies.

In this introduction to F*Yoga, students will learn three slow choreographies that use simple actions to give each student many, many, many opportunities to sort out their own muscular confusions. No one will have to worry about doing anything correctly, but instead everyone will focus on finding the feelings that they want. Within the scaffolds of F*Yoga, deep desires get updated as body images are clarified.

Ethan Cowan is an F*Yoga *facilitator based in Boulder, Colorado. His movement studies are focused on the work of Moshé Feldenkrais and his seminal American students.

CLASSCLASSCLASS at the New Museum

Augmenting the last three weeks of their R&D Season residency (“P.O.L.E. [People, Objects, Language, Exchange]”), artist duo Gerard & Kelly have invited New York City–based CLASSCLASSCLASS to operate its program of process-based, affordable dance classes in the New Museum Theater. CCC has made a significant intervention into education in the fields of performance and dance and has structured a production model that relates to broader explorations of alternative ecologies for working and living.

This edition of CCC—“PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE”—brings together a diverse group of dance practitioners who have all led their movement practice with CCC over the past six years. Looking to past, present, and future, “PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE” is a platform that supports the ongoing learning of artists as teachers. In doing so, “PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE” acknowledges and invites the necessity of collective sharing in the development of ideas.

Lunchtime discussions, held on weekdays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., provide a social space between morning and afternoon classes and are free and open to the public.

PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE”: Full Schedule and List of Teachers

Wednesday January 28
11 AM–1:30 PM: Beth Gill

Thursday January 29
11 AM–1:30 PM: Zena Bibler, Katie Schetlick, and Brandin Steffensen
2:30–5 PM: Belinda He

Sunday February 1
1–5 PM: Ethan Cowan

Wednesday February 4
11 AM–1:30 PM: Jen Rosenblit
2:30–5 PM: Jessie Gold

Thursday February 5
11 AM–1:30 PM: Lorene Bouboushian
2:30–5 PM: Diana Crum

Wednesday February 11
11 AM–1:30 PM: Aretha Aoki
2:30–5 PM: Ni’Ja Whitson Adebanjo

Thursday February 12
11 AM–1:30 PM: Colin Stilwell
2:30–5 PM: Julie Goldberg

Sunday February 14
1–5 PM: Wendell Cooper

Sunday February 15
1–5 PM: Maria Bauman and Nicholas Powers

About CLASSCLASSCLASS
CLASSCLASSCLASS is a blank slate for movement artists to experiment with their artistic practice in some form of student-teacher relationship. CCC values inclusivity as well as the willingness to investigate ideas without the pressures of creating a product; students, come as you are. Since 2009, CCC has operated as an artist-run, artist-initiated platform. CCC addresses the needs of emerging artists to develop their ideas in the form of pedagogy, as both an artistic and professional tool. CCC has also provided an opportunity for more established artists to teach “outside of the box” or experiment with new teaching formats. Organizers seek out spaces that include independent artist-run studios such as the Woods, Barn, and Brazil. CCC has also partnered with institutions including Movement Research, the Abrons Art Center, Brooklyn Art Exchange, Gibney Dance, and Arts@Renaissance (in collaboration with AUNTS), among others. CCC is organized by Lindsay Reuter and Tatyana Tenenbaum.

Sponsors

This program is made possible, in part, through the support of the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Additional support for artist residencies is made possible by Laurie Wolfert.

Generous endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund, and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

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