SOVANN PROM TEP and JEAN BUI

RUBBERBAND Method | Workshop

June 5 to June 9 | 10:00am to 12:30pm

Place: 1881, rue Saint-André | Espace Saint-André (ESA)

Studio: Studio C

Standard cost: $152.21 ($7.61 TPS + $15.18 TVQ) = $175.00

Please note that the video and photographic materials are for insight into RUBBERBANDance Groupe's previous works and do not demonstrate what will be explored in this workshop.

Workshop Description

RUBBERBAND Method (for professionals)

This workshop outlines the methods developed by Victor Quijada. Based on the RUBBERBANDance Group (RBDG) company class, it is intended to prepare dancers for the demands of his choreography. Basic principles to be addressed include: the distribution of weight outside of the plum-line axis of the upright skeletal structure; the agility in hand, elbow, and shoulder inversions; and the use of the body and all its surfaces as 3-dimensional and multi-directional carving tools. Participants are introduced to a movement hybrid that is influenced by urban and contemporary dance vocabulary, while emphasizing interpretation, decision-making, use of rhythmic variations and partnering.

This movement approach helps dancers navigate their spines and bodies thru space between vertical and horizontal orientations, and prepares contemporary and classically trained dancers for floor-work commonly associated with break(dance). With the RUBBERBAND Method, dancers will be ready to engage the floor with authority and finesse, while negotiating their body through space using textures that are adapted from urban approaches. The RUBBERBAND Method also brings awareness to focus and visual connections within moments of partnering and performance.

Biography

 

Sovann Prom Tep was only nine years old when he was introduced to urban dance. Taking up the practice, he was quickly welcomed by the Montreal b-boy community. At 13, he became a member of the Sweet Technique group, with whom he participated in many competitions over the years, further developing his talents. To date, he has chalked up over twenty victories and is frequently invited to compete in the U.S.A. and Europe as a participant or as a judge. His passion for the mastery of the body spurred him to enter l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal in 201l; during his time there, he also attended a variety of training workshops. Sovann has had the opportunity to perform works by Mélanie Demers, Estelle Clareton, and (LA)HORDE collective, among others. He joined RUBBERBANDance Group as an aspiring dancer in 2015 and became an apprentice in 2016.

Jean Bui developed a passion for movement art when practicing parkour. The study of propulsion through space through the brute force of the body led him to explore the circus arts. He undertook general circus training from 2011 to 2012, after which he plunged into the world of dance, earning a B.A. in contemporary dance (performance profile) at UQAM in 2015. Over the course of his young career, Jean has had the opportunity to work in Les Minutes complètement cirque and with Destins Croisés, George Stamos, Manuel Roque, Maud Saint-Germain, and Katya Montaignac, appearing in several videos and promotional clips. He joined RUBBERBANDance Group as an aspiring dancer in 2015 and became an apprentice in 2016.

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