The Northfield Arts Guild hosts the Flying Foot Forum Workshop…
Dance That Makes Music
In this hands-on workshop, students learn to stomp, clap, hit, shout, sing and slap, making music while dancing, by dancing. The class, led by Joe Chvala, begins with improvisations and exercises that teach some of the methods the Flying Foot Forum uses to create their dances. By the end of the workshop students have created a group percussive dance piece that is partly choreographed by the company and partly created by each of the members in the workshop. This is the ultimate Flying Foot Forum workshop. Dancers should wear comfortable clothes and hard soled shoes, if possible. Ages 8 to adult.
This is a free workshop but registration is required! Please email Megan Proft at email@example.com by Oct. 22 to register.
About Joe Chvala and Flying Foot Forum
Joe Chvala has spent most of his adult life based in New York City, Gothenburg, Sweden, and since 1990 Minneapolis. During this time he has worked as a director, choreographer, writer, composer, performer, and teacher for opera companies, experimental and nonexperimental theatres, concert dance venues, performing arts academies, and universities.
His work, noted for its breadth and its singular brand of creativity, is inspired and informed by his unique combination of artistic skills and experiences. The range of his work has earned him such diverse titles as “Fred Astaire on acid” and “the Agnes Deville of tap.”
After moving to the Twin Cities in 1990, Joe worked with a variety of theater companies while developing his own choreographic dance/theater work for his company of percussive dancers, the Flying Foot Forum. Since the premiere of their first full concert (May ’93), the Flying Foot Forum has been presented in a variety of venues around the world from Paris to New York City, Jacob’s Pillow to England.
Joe has received numerous choreographic and interdisciplinary fellowships and grants from such organizations as the National Endowment for the Arts, The National Dance Project, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Bush Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, Intermedia Arts Minnesota and the Minnesota Dance Alliance, as well as Ivey and Sage Awards for dance and theater. flyingfootforum.com