photo by Matthew Murphy
This class will utilize KEIGWIN + COMPANY repertory as a launching point to introduce and explore the creative process of dance making and the rewards of performance. Keigwin will engage in a collaborative process with students to create a final dance to be performed, shaped by his distinctive aesthetic that combines vigorous physicality with theatricality into a uniquely witty and contemporary, pop perspective. Students will be provided with creative assignments to encourage the use of improvisation as a tool to generate authentic movement vocabulary, while maintaining a fun and playful environment. The class is structured to conjure up the instincts of the creative process while allowing the students to take an active part in designing a new dance. The final work will be performed in the Festival Finale. All participants must be enrolled in the Keigwin’s Modern V class.
Larry Keigwin is a native New Yorker and graduate from Hofstra University, where he received a BA in Dance. He founded KEIGWIN + COMPANY in 2003 and as Artistic Director, Keigwin has led the company as it has performed at theaters and dance festivals throughout New York City and across the country. In addition to his work with K+C, recent commissions include Works & Process at the Guggenheim, The Juilliard School, The New York City Ballet's Choreographic Institute, and The Martha Graham Dance Company, among many others. In 2010, Keigwin was named the Vail International Dance Festival’s first artist in residence, during which time he created and premiered a new work with four of ballet’s most prominent stars. Also in 2010, he staged the opening event of Fashion Week: “Fashion’s Night Out: The Show,” which was produced by Vogue. In 2011, Keigwin choreographed the new musical, Tales of the City, at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, as well as the new off-Broadway production of RENT, now running at New World Stages. Keigwin has most recently been commissioned to create a new ballet on the Royal Ballet of New Zealand. Keigwin’s other choreographic credits include work with the pop band Fischerspooner, comedian Murray Hill, and as an associate choreographer for The Radio City Rockettes. www.LarryKeigwin.com