Taste & Smell

Baye & Asa (USA)

22.07 – 25.07  | 16:00 – 19:00

For information and registrations email to: [email protected]

Taste & Smell is an approach to dance. Hip Hop & West African dance languages inform the way we energetically confront contemporary dance & theater. This is not a Hip Hop or West African dance class.

Hearing, sight, & touch are always present in dance training. Our class asks dancers to connect more actively to their taste and smell, using those senses as a literal and metaphorical reference point to engage with movement. Let’s activate all 5 senses to enlarge the experience of performance, to expand beyond practical execution of movement, to give nuance & idiosyncratic presence to each dancer. Let’s step outside the internal and into an externalized experience with rigor and curiosity. Let’s attack the warmup, technical exercises, and phrase work with hungry mouths and greedy nostrils:

  • We’ll research how sensory awareness effects pedestrian & virtuosic movement
  • We’ll investigate improvisational scores that build awareness of detail & creative decision making.
  • We’ll sharpen our performance techniques & externalize our experience with our eyes, using an active focus to create a dialogue with our environment that invites the possibility of character & narrative.
  • We’ll explore theatrical games that open new potential for expressivity.
  • We’ll play with rhythm to understand its relationship to muscular tension and effort in the body.
  • We’ll challenge the idea that dance should look and feel effortless
  • We’ll create an empathetic space to tackle phrases with physical courage.

Class is sweaty. Everyone is welcome.

Baye & Asa is a company creating movement art projects directed & choreographed by Amadi ‘Baye’ Washington & Sam ‘Asa’ Pratt. They grew up together in New York City, and that shared educational history is the mother of their work. Hip Hop & African dance languages are the foundation of their technique. The rhythms of these techniques inform the way they energetically confront contemporary dance, theater, and film. They’ve presented their work at The Joyce Theater, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, Pioneer Works, The 92nd Street Y, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jacob’s Pillow, Yale University, ODC, b12 festival, University of Maryland, Blacklight Summit, Southampton Arts Center, Bard College, Vassar College, and Battery Dance Festival. They were selected as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” for 2022, and are recipients of Dance Magazine’s 2023 Harkness Promise Award. They’ve created works for rep companies that include The Martha Graham Dance Company, BODYTRAFFIC, and Alvin Ailey II. Their film work has won numerous awards and has been presented internationally. Individually they have performed with Akram Khan Company, Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More, Abraham in Motion, David Dorfman Dance, Gallim, Kate Weare Company, and The Francesca Harper Project.

For information and registrations email to: [email protected]

22 – 25 July

16:00 – 19:00

Baye & Asa | Taste & Smell

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