Contemporary Dance Technique
SubtleBodyBigDance presents a unique approach to contemporary dance technique that seamlessly weaves imagery-based improvisational research with choreographed phrase material. Influenced by 9-months of intensive research in the Gaga movement language in Israel, as well as decades of work in numerous dance idioms and somatic modalities, Gina Bolles Sorensen and Kyle Sorensen of somebodies dance theater gradually warm the body and then challenge dancers to explore a rich and multi-textured tapestry of dynamic physicality. As imagery and the practice of observing sensation are woven into movement, dancers may discover a new and freeing availability in their bodies, as well as an invigorated sense of presence, play, and groove.
Gina Bolles Sorensen and Kyle Sorensen are the Artistic Directors of somebodies dance theater and winners of the 2012 San Diego Young Choreographers Prize. As a company, their work has been presented to critical acclaim in San Diego, New York, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Houston, Seattle-Tacoma, and Charlotte, as well as internationally in Tel Aviv, Israel and Tijuana, Mexico, among others. As founding members of the transcontinental dance collective, TRANSForm, they present work and teach workshops around the country.
For more about Gina, Kyle, and somebodies dance theater, head to: somebodiesdancetheater.com
Gina Bolles Sorensen (MFA, University of Oregon) is presently on the dance faculties at San Diego State University, San Diego City College, and the Coronado School of the Arts. She has published original research on imagery in dance learning in the Journal of Dance Education, has been the recipient of two grants to study classical Indian dance in India, and was recently awarded a 2013 National Artist Teacher Fellowship. Gina is also a Registered Yoga Teacher and the founder of YogaNatyamOnline.com, an online resource for yoga classes and more.
Kyle Sorensen (MFA, UCSD) is presently on the dance faculties at San Diego State University and San Diego City College. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study contemporary dance and choreographic processes in Israel in 2013-14, commissioned to choreograph for San Diego Dance Theater's Trolley Dances, and has danced professionally for Jean Isaacs, Joe Alter, and Yolande Snaith among others. When he is not dancing, Kyle is creating music for YogaNatyamOnline.com.
Photos: Credit to Dave Oleary