Friend, explore how music and movement interact with Makespeak + master class with Malpaso Dance Company.
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Class Spotlight: Explore How Music & Movement Interact With Makespeak

Composer Haggai Cohen-Milo pulls from years of interdisciplinary performance and collaboration with dancers and choreographers to develop the Makespeak Method. Below, he breaks down how he breaches common gaps between the ways in which music and dance approach the creative process. Join Haggai and choreographer Naima Mazic as they kick off our Incubator Series for intermediate to professional dancers on February 27 at 12pm - 3pm

How does the Makespeak Method change the way dancers and musicians perform together?
Makespeak gives the same importance to the dance and the music component of a performance; there is no hierarchy. It emancipates the performers of both mediums so they are able to influence the result in an equal way. We emphasize the interdependency of music and dance to create a truly collaborative process, and provide concrete tools for dancers and musicians to communicate, practice together, create collaboratively, and improvise with full awareness.

How does Makespeak aid in the choreography process?
Makespeak provides tools for dancers to hear, interact and even create music. Through this method for engagement, dancers get to learn how musicians think, listen, compose and improvise. 

Using protocols such as Translation, Framing, Intensity Matching, and Rhythmic Control, the method provides tools to turn music into movement in a specific and direct way (and vice versa).

Do you need a musical background to learn Makespeak?
No musical background is needed to start learning the Makespeak method. Through a module called “multi-level listening,” each student has the opportunity to approach the workshop at their own musical level and grow from there. Dancers with all levels of musical proficiency will find something new and enriching.

What can dancers expect when they attend your workshop?
We start with warm up led by my partner Naima Mazic (Brussels), followed by practice of four Makespeak protocols focusing on Listening, Rhythm, Translation, and Improvisation. Each is a collaborative process. Dancers are encouraged to use whatever movement language they are comfortable with. We'll cover techniques to listen and interact deeply with music as well as increase the dancers' overall confidence working with musicians, breaking down melody to its elements: pitch, dynamic, and articulation, as well as translating those elements into movement. We'll also explore improvisation modules which refer to movement and sound in equal terms.

Register for Makespeak on Feb. 27

The Afro-Cuban Style of Malpaso Dance Company

Our partnership with BAM's 2017 Winter/Spring Season continues with a master class led by Osnel Delgado and members of Malpaso Dance Company. Learn the basic contraction-and-release technique of Cuban modern dance, combined with the spine undulation of Afro-Cuban styles, paying special focus to rhythm and musicality.

March 3 | 12pm - 2pm | $25

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From Our Friends at The Print Room:
February 28 - March 11
Print Room at the Coronet

Russell Maliphant curates an evening of signature works, including contemporary dance classics Two; Afterlight (Part One); The Wall from The Rodin Project, and Unspoken. All the pieces have been reunited with their original dancers (including Maliphant himself) and translated especially for this unique, intimate venue. Buy Tickets >
Photo Credits: Florianne Jalac (Survey)

Supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


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