Credit: Nikki Carrera
HEIDI HENDERSON, choreographer for elephant JANE dance, a pick-up company in RI, is a four-time recipient of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Choreography Fellowship. elephant JANE dance has performed at the South Bank Centre in London, New York City, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out Festival and The International Festival of Dance in Taegu, Korea. Heidi has danced in the companies of Bebe Miller, Nina Wiener, Peter Schmitz, and Paula Josa-Jones and in works by Colleen Thomas, Sondra Loring, and others. Heidi has been a contributing editor at Contact Quarterly, a vehicle for moving ideas. Heidi received her BA from Colby College and her MFA from Smith College and is an Associate Professor of Dance at Connecticut College. She teaches frequently at the Bates Dance Festival and has been in residence or on the faculty of numerous other universities.
When we improvise, we leave behind preconceived notions of dance and exist in the moment. We play. We practice paying deep attention. We open new movement pathways to cultivate individual and collective vocabularies. From each other, we receive gifts of movement and ideas that teach us to be open to the unknown.
In large loopy phrases, we will focus on deepening and spreading cellular awareness, and on dancing without hierarchy. We will ground our bodies as we fly, work on tiny specific details as we galumph, and most importantly find the joy in moving together.
How do we make movement? How do we make meaning? We research. The process of making dances is research in abstraction, attention, energy, self, structure, task. In order to make dances we need to be: caring, changeable, curious, diligent, intuitive, logical, open, present, unknowing. Daily specific short solo and group assignments, using the time in class to create and to give supportive feedback to each other.