Advanced Contemporary – Improvisation and Composition with Paula Sousa

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Friday, April 5 | 9:30-11 am

Advanced Contemporary – Improvisation and Composition with Paula Sousa

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.

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.

Join us at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts for Open Technique Classes with the Ruth Page Professional Dance Training Program*, select Fridays 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 Professional Dance Training Program is an elite group of pre-professional dancers, ages 17-25 who train daily, 9am-4pm, August – June at the Ruth Page School of Dance.

Trainee members will hone their contemporary and ballet techniques in an international environment of artists and educators with dedicated time and personalized attention to create lifelong ambassadors for the art of dance who embrace diverse cultures as a source of inspiration and human self-expression.

Running Time
1 hour, 30 minutes
Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary