The way I create dances is a unique choreographic approach. I encourage each individual to utilize their own strengths. (I usually do not put steps to music that they must copy and memorize). As a warm up or entry into working, I propose some concrete physical techniques, supported by theory and anatomy. The students experience their application through repetition, progression and variation on themes and co-ordinations. This increases perception, and encourages the honing of multi-spatial awareness skills and the power of internal sensing in executing movement while engaging core muscles, and practicing speed, accuracy, alignment, musicality etc. As well, sourcing from anatomical imagery, poetry, physics, quality, sound/music, emotions, group movements, spontaneous moments—recording of the physical and mental attention given to a particular occasion where the movements reveal themselves in the moment—etc, are all possible sources of research. I propose a variety of possibilities for the students to examine. They can use my creative process as an example or springboard for their own research into choreography. The dance pieces come together with clarity of intention with all participants feeling proud of their contribution.
|Maximum Class Size||Class size|
|Time Required||1 hour|
|Material Required||Sound system|
|Language of Instruction||English or French|
|Availability||September - June|
Monique began her formal dance training at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre in 1993 and has toured nationally and internationally with dance and theatre companies while working in the field of Contemporary Dance / Performance. She is a dancer, choreographer, performer, rehearsal director, and teacher. Her training extends from classical techniques such as Modern Dance, Ballet and Pilates, to other forms of dance / theatre techniques such as Alexander technique, Axis Syllabus, Skinner Releasing, Physical Theatre, Action Theatre, Improvisation, Contact Improvisation, Gyrotonics and Yoga.