Advanced Contemporary – Improvisation and Composition with Paula Sousa

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Friday, February 28 | 9:30-11am
Paula Sousa
Class: Advanced Contemporary – Improvisation and Composition

This class explores creativity, presence, and space, and opens to the dancers the infinite possibilities that can arise in creation. Through individual, partnering, and group exercises, the dancers are encouraged to explore different ways of moving, dynamics, space, and composition. Tools will be given to them so they can play and discover their own paths of creating, while also being available for different artistic processes that will come during their careers. It’s an opportunity that provides space for risk taking, questioning, and mostly, for discovery.

Paula Sousa will also be teaching Advanced Contemporary – Floor Balance on Friday, April 21 from 9:30am - 11:00am.

About Paula Sousa:
Paula Sousa (she/her) is a Brazilian dance artist with an interest in cultural production and the performing arts. She holds degrees from Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD) in Austria, and the Bolshoi School in Brazil, and has collaborated extensively with artists in Europe and South America. Before recently moving to Chicago, she danced for five years with Balé do Teatro Guaíra in Curitiba, Brazil. She is a former collaborative artist with Projecto Mov_oLA (director: Alex Soares), and Plataforma Shop Sui (director: Fernando Martins), both in Sao Paulo. In 2012, she worked in the Arsenalle della Danza, a part of La Biennale di Venezia, under the direction of Ismael Ivo. In addition to her work as a dancer, Paula is a choreographer, videographer, and movement director. She also has a degree in Public Policy and Administration and works in cultural production. Her work can be seen on her website, Paula has been a member of Hedwig Dances since January of 2023.

Join us at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts for Open Technique Classes with the Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company*, every other Friday at 9:30am. The class will feature rotating guest artists and Ruth Page School of Dance faculty. Method and technique will vary by teacher.

*The Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company is an elite group of pre-professional dancers, ages 17-25 who train daily, 9am-3:30pm, August – June at the Ruth Page School of Dance. The program provides continued comprehensive technique training, unique performance experiences, focused study with guest artists and choreographers, and travel to our International Sister Schools in Cuba, Italy, and Spain.

Running Time
1 hour 30 minutes
Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary


Ruth Page Center for the Arts

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