Shura Baryshnikov is an interdisciplinary performer, choreographer and movement artist and is performing the title role in Salome with Bridge Repertory Theater at First Church in Boston September 24 through October 18. Shura often works as a movement designer and coach for Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI, contributing to more than 20 theatrical productions at this and other regional companies over the last five years. As an independent dancer, Shura has performed with choreographers Heidi Henderson, Ali Kenner Brodsky and Betsy Miller, among others, and with American Dance Legacy Initiative, Lostwax Multimedia Dance and Festival Ballet Providence. Shura’s performance work has been presented by the RISD Museum, FBP, the Providence Fringe Festival, the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society and Earthdance’s Moving Arts Lab. Shura is a Teaching Associate in the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA in Acting and Directing, a program of the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University, and has as also instructed at MIT, Dean College, Rhode Island College, Boston University, Salve Regina University and at Earthdance in Plainfield, MA. Shura co-directs the Rhode Island-based contemporary dance company Doppelgänger Dance Collective with dancer and choreographer Danielle Davidson.
Class Description: We will draw upon the technical foundations of B.J. Sullivan’s Safety Release Technique to find ease and speed in and out of the floor. We will work to drive movement powerfully with the spine, unleashing the kinesthetic joy which will bring us through moments of risk and disorientation in our dancing.