Stephen Koester will teach an improvisation class that will work towards moving with clarity, specificity, consciousness, presence, awareness, character and committed physicality. It begs the question why move? If there isn't a reason then don't. No to modern dance mush, self-indulgence, unawareness, and half hearted physicality. I want people to move like they do and also move like they don't, which is still like they do since it is coming from their own bodies.
Stephen Koester is a Professor as well as Chair in the Department of Modern Dance at the University of Utah. He was formerly co-Artistic Director of Creach/Koester, an all male dance company based in New York City. With Terry Creach, Stephen received five consecutive choreographic fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, plus a choreographic fellowship from the New York Sate Foundation for the Arts. At the University of Utah, Stephen regularly choreographs, and teaches improvisation, composition, technique, and graduate seminars.
Movement Forum is an improvisational Dance Company based in Salt Lake City. They are co-hosting Ririe Woodbury's Saturday Studio Series this summer through Movement Forum's Guest Artist Series. This project is supported in part by the Salt Lake City Arts Council, and Utah Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Classes will be in the Mezzanine studio at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center.