Stephen Thompson of Trajal Harell

indexStephen Thompson is originally from Calgary, Canada and based in Paris. He is internationally recognized as a performer, choreographer, researcher and pedagogue. Stephen’s introduction to movement and performing was through competitive figure skating. He received a Bachelor of Kinesiology (art and science of movement) and Dance from the University of Calgary. In 2015 at the World Figure Championships in Lake Placid, Stephen received the bronze medal. In 2014 he was nominated on the 10 best male dancers in New York. He appears in Steve Paxton’s teaching DVD’s Material for the Spine.

His choreographic work has been presented internationally and has collaborated with numerous companies and artists including Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Benoit Lachambre, Dick Wong, Fabrice Lambert, Jennifer Lacey, Antonija Livingstone, Nicole Mion, Lee Su-feh and Public Recordings (2 Dora Mavor awards in 2014 for whatwearesaying).

Recent projects; Trajal Harell’s (USA) 2012 Bessie award winning Antigone Sr. (Large) and The Ghost of Montpellier meets the Samourai, touring with Liz Santoro and Pierre Godard in Relative Collider; collaborating with Adam Linder (Berlin/LA) for Made in L.A., as well as projects with visual artists Xavier Veilhan (FR) and Dominique Petrin (CAN).

Stephen has taught extensively in various Universities, Dance Institutions and communities since 2000.

Class Description: The first part of this class will commence with activating and awakening our internal connections called “horizontal to vertical”; referencing the work of Benoit Lachambre and Steve Paxton. We will then embody choreographic models, questions and exercises. We will have discussions related to technique, making dances, embodying socio-political material and converse about art making in current situations in which dance is pulled along and must maintain its integrity in light of shifting resources and sliding artistic disciplines. All levels are welcome.

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