PASS Community Class: Improvisation as a Presence/ing Practice

In this workshop, PASS Artist in Residence, dancer-choreographer Laura Neese, will share elements of her creative process informing her work in progress Presence/ing – A Performance Walk. Then, you’ll explore and practice the techniques in your own creative movement, inspired by the patterns and sequences in Neese’s performance.

WHEN: June 21 | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
WHERE: Dance Center at Snug Harbor, Building G, 2nd fl, Dance Studio G201
ADMISSION: Pay what you can (Suggested donation: $10) | BUY TICKETS HERE

Neese will share her version of Myotome Movement Patterns, a sequence of limb actions rooted in human motor nerve patterning. These simple actions, used clinically for diagnosis of injuries, are instead used as tools for creative generation, and appreciation of the human structure.

Participants explore this sequence and apply this shared vocabulary to guided improvisational tasks – engaging with solo choice-making, the environment, and the collective group. Through movement tasks participants explore nested levels of attention, practicing presence with self, environment, and others. Movement can be adapted for varying levels of mobility, no prior dance or improvisation experience is necessary. Open to all curious movers.

Neese’s PASS performance, Presence/ing: A Performance Walk, will be held on June 24 at 2:00 PM on the porch of Cottage A.

Laura Neese is a dance artist and educator from Staten Island, where she developed a love for dance under the mentorship of Rosemary Cappozalo. Described as “ethereally romantic” by The Dance Enthusiast, Neese is a long time company member of Darrah Carr Dance and has performed works by artists including Carr, Sean Curran, Ann Carlson, Chia Ying Kao, Maho Ogawa, & Melissa West, among others. Neese’s stage and site-based choreography investigates the convergence of form, function, expression, and story within the articulate systems of the human body, and relationships between body and environment. She holds an MFA from the Ohio State University, BFA/BA from SUNY Buffalo, & Pilates Certification from Kinected. Neese is currently based in Lexington, Kentucky where she teaches at the University of Kentucky Dept. of Theatre and Dance. Teaching credits include University of Kentucky, Hofstra University, the Ohio State University, Kinected, & Irish Arts Center.

PASS: Performing Arts Salon Saturdays residency program is made possible through generous lead support from the Howard Gilman Foundation, with additional support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Snug Harbor is a proud partner with the CUNY Dance Initiative.