Making Dance with Language & Imagery: Erica Essner Workshop


Date and Time: Thursday June 1 1:00 PM 
Duration: 90 minutes
Location: Lines Dance Center Ballet Studio, 26 7th St, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103

Ticket Information

General Admission: $15 (Discounts for Festival Ticketholders)


Artist Information

Work Sample


The workshop is an opportunity for aspiring choreographers to interact with Erica and learn to use language (non-verbal) and imagery as a source of movement invention. Writing is the starting point and participants will create their own biographical stories and themes related to culture and identity. Cultural identity, in turn, becomes the tool for dance creation. The session employs contact improvisation as a basis for warm-up, partnering techniques and working with lifts to create movement utilizing shared material for duets and trios. The goal is to create a framework to explore unique lifts and weight shifts for dynamic partnering in composition.


Erica Essner is a Teaching Artist and Artistic Director of Erica Essner Performance Co-Op. Ms. Essner is currently teaching dance (K-12) in the public schools as a Teaching Artist for Arts Connection and Center for the Arts Education. Her dance company presents public programming for youth as part of Dance Intersection in the New York Area. Originally from New York, Essner attended Bard College for Dance Composition and received her BA in Art & Social Change at New College in San Francisco. Ms. Essner has been the recipient of numerous residencies including The Rio de Janeiro Choreographic Center, The Bessie Schonberg Choreographers & Dancers Residency at the Yard, Artist-in- Residence at ODC Theater (San Francisco), the Kaatsbaan International Arts Center, and UnionStreetDance. Erica Essner has been commissioned by San Jose State University, San Francisco State University, Alaska Dance Theatre andCentral Park SummerStage has presented her work.

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