95 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
Saturday Switch Series offers instruction in workshop-based setting from a rotating roster of guest artists.
Cost: $15 per class
yon Tande, Prime Action/Contemporary Technique
(Multidisciplinary Performance Artist)
yon Tande (Whitney V. Hunter) is an artist/culture worker and BLACK SEED Native committed to culture as catalyst. His work centers around nurturing and cultivating the creative spirit through performance, education and curation. His works have been presented through Kumble Theater, La Mama, Grace Exhibition Space, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival and in the streets of NYC, Chicago and Detroit. He has worked with Martha Graham Dance Company, Rod Rodgers, Reggie Wilson, Martha Clarke, Fiona Templeton, Daria Faïn and Robert Kocik, John Jesurun, Kankouran West African Dance Company, Yass Hakoshima and others. He was a Movement Research Artist in Residence (2013-15), and a founding member/curator of Social Health Performance Club. yon Tande is presently a Driskell Ph.D. Fellow at Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. www.whitneyhunter.com
Prime Action is a contemporary method based in African Diasporic and modern dance traditions that work towards enlivening a presence of be-ing in the body. The class incorporates floor work to develop an agile and responsive central column through the activation and articulation of the pelvis, torso (spine/rib cage), neck and head. Standing center focuses on the coordination and strengthening of the extremities with exercises for the hands and arms, legs and feet. Traveling work integrates various elements of floor and center work with progressive movements, phrases, and improvisational explorations. Finally, Phrase work brings together all technical components into choreographic phrase work that encourages mind/body/spirit expressivity.
1st: Nikki Carrara, Modern Technique (Dance Artist and Educator)
15th: Amenawon Okundaye, Hip Hop
17th: Shawn Hove, Modern Technique (Director, shove gently dance/theater)