In this exploratory workshop, Lisa Nevada (from New Mexico)initiates with a dance-based warm-up and guided improvisation as a means to build community and create a shared space. Nevada and participants will then gather universally human behaviors and distill them into gesture/rhythm/stillness. Through acts of physical duration, we will instigate a movement platform that is open to the quandaries of text and flow. Building upon human gesture and juicy dance, Nevada hopes to produce a practice that transcends the ambiguity of “steps”, and realize the relationship between the human process and the practice of ceaseless presence.
Sept. 5th: 10-1pm / Sept. 6th: 10-11:30am
BIO: A native of Albuquerque, Lisa Nevada is a curious and invested dance artist seeking boundless knowledge that will inform her personal approach to movement, environmental and social interactions, and moving bodies. In 2002 Nevada received her B.A. in Dance from the University of New Mexico (UNM). In 2015 she completed her MFA in Dance at UNM with concentrations in site-specific choreography and performance, embodied history and teaching.
Influenced by modern dance techniques, improvisation, theatre and environmental/social activism, Nevada is interested in developing movement vocabulary that will have a visceral impact on viewers and impart abstract narrative. Her choreography has been commissioned by New Mexico Ballet Company, John Donald Robb Musical Trust, The Vortex Theater, 516 Arts and Tricklock Company. In 2014, Nevada was named the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge Performance Artist for her site-specific concert Radicles: Rediscovering humankind’s primary roots.
Nevada’s passion and honest approach to performance has granted her opportunities to dance with the Bill Evans Dance Company (2002-2004), Ecotone Physical Theatre (2006-present), Jewell and Company Dance Theatre (2004-present), J. Garcia Dance Company (2014-present) and lisa nevada dance (2015). Additionally, Nevada has performed works by renowned choreographers Martha Graham, Henning Rübsam, Maggie Bergeron, Donna Jewell, Erika Pujiĉ and Vladimir Conde Reche. Under the direction and by permission of the American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI), Nevada performs and teaches Repertory Etudes by master choreographers Donald McKayle, Jose Limón, David Parsons, and Robert Battle.