Breeanne Saxton

Contemporary for Dancers

12.04. + 14.04.2022, 14:00–15:30
03.05. + 05.05.2022, 14:00–15:30

Training for Dancers

 

Bio

Breeanne Camille Saxton is a choreographer, music maker, dance teacher, and performer currently based in Berlin, Germany. After receiving her BFA in modern dance from the University of Utah in 2015, Breeanne has had the pleasure of working and collaborating with a variety of freelance contemporary dance artists and companies around the world. She divides her time evenly between choreography, performance, and teaching, with the three practices constantly influencing each other. Play, serious fun, and non-hierarchical respect are some of the core values she brings into the studio. She had the honor of being a company dancer with Ririe Woodbury Dance Company and performing the works of Ann Carlson, Raja Feather-Kelly, Joanne Kotze, Doug Varone, Daniel Charon, Adam Barruch, and Alwin Nikolais with Alberto Del Saz of the Murray-Louis Foundation worldwide. Other artists with whom she has collaborated include LajaMartin, Yael Cibulski, The Utah Opera, Daniél Desnoyers, Steve Koester, Kyle Lang, Molly Heller, Eric Handman, Shaun Boyle, Scott Wells, Yanis Adoniou, and Scotty Hardwig. She currently works often and joyously as a dancer with Jasmine Ellis Projects and Bad Posture Productions. Her choreography has been shown in various theaters and venues in the USA, Germany, and Spain. Her queer dance-theater work legaxy xx was awarded 3rd prize in choreography at the 2021 Stuttgart Solo Dance Theater Festival and 3rd prize in the solo contest at the Masdanza Int. Festival. Her current choreographic work in progress “durch Hilma”, in collaboration with RawTrip (Melissa Kieffer and Alica Minar), will premiere at Dock 11 in October 2022. Her artistic research orbits around the cultivation of a holistically expressive performative body that has access to vocalization, theatrical precision, and dynamic physicalities. She enjoys observing such bodies in science fictional, fantastical, obscene, grotesque, humane and remarkable performative situations.

Class Description

The Imaginative Body practice is a theatrical dance class that utilizes the mind’s ability to visualize, create, and project worlds and scenarios into the space in concert with the body’s execution of fixed material. With a varied training background including gymnastics, Horton-Limón, release technique, and contemporary floor work techniques, Breeanne’s classes train the muscles to take care of the skeleton through efficiency, alignment, and intelligent utilization of physics of motion. Students will encounter rhythmic, spatial, and sequential challenges individually and as a group, preparing them for rehearsal, creation, and daily living. We approach our alignment and strengthening with the curiosity of a child, learning our bodies anew each time and rejecting any shame that comes from “false” execution. The class is a laboratory for methods of completion. The health and longevity of the body are priorities in this work. As the class progresses through Saxton’s athletic and complex physical movement language, the phrase work is imbued with meaning and theatrical purpose. In this way, we are able to make the theatrical highly physical. Working through improvisational and choreographic worlds, we will develop the specific and authentic coordination between the emotional, physical, and imaginative bodies.

Breath, voice, and performative techniques are additionally trained in this practice, breaking down the boundaries between performing as an actor and as a dancer. Throughout this practice, movement is generated from a quality and task-based plane generating a proficiency in precise intention-based physicality. The eyes and hands garner special attention in this practice as our most familiar tool to see, visualize, understand, and navigate worlds. At the same time, the practice works towards breaking down the hierarchy of the body and discovering new ways of seeing, knowing, and representing the worlds we move through.