Modern Dance in Tulsa
Release Technique with Nina
Month of Sept 2018
Portico Dance Theatre's weekly FREE class
Location: Flyloft - 117 N. Boston Ave
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103
Rehearsal Space 3 (unless otherwise noted)
**Please wear a long sleeved shirt
(please see below for class description)
Nina Madsen's choreography, movement and classes are rooted in modern dance (release/safety-release technique), Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals and other Somatic Practices. She explores themes of life by creating, performing and teaching in Oklahoma for Portico Dance Theatre. Her choreography focuses on honest embodiment and gestures that the audience can relate to. Classes emphasize dynamic connectivity and awareness of the body to achieve maximum physical freedom of expression through movement.
To dance is to move with intention. That intention may be conscious (learning a phrase or piece of choreography), or subconscious (walking to the refrigerator to get a snack). I feel that dancing allows the mover to express their deepest anxieties, hopes and dreams through a physical means. The inner attitudes and thoughts, whether positive, negative or neutral, translate themselves through dynamics in movement at a given moment. At that moment, the inner consciousness and outer physical body crystallize.The majority of our communication with the world is nonverbal. Our movement reflects the innermost aspects of ourselves, and it is no coincidence that ways we move reveals more about us than anything we say verbally. I believe we can understand and expand who we are on every level by observing our movement patterns, both in specific situations and through life.
"The unforgettable flex of Ursula Payne's student Nina Madsen, reminiscent of Gretchen Lothrops's work"
By Byron Woods - Independent Weekly - Review of American Dance Festival - 24 July 2002
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"I'm not so interested in how they move as in what moves them" - Pina Bausch
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CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR OF MODERN DANCE-PORTICO DANCE THEATRE
CERTIFIED MOVEMENT ANALYST - LABAN/BARTENIEFF INSTITUTE OF MOVEMENT STUDIES/NYC
My modern dance class is a fusion of safety release technique (as developed by my professor at UNCG BJ Sullivan), Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, and other Somatic Practices. We explore the body’s natural relationship to the floor throughout the first half of the class and gradually transition into standing, fluidly moving with the forces of gravity and the body’s natural tendencies. The class emphasizes dynamic connectivity and awareness of the body to achieve maximum physical freedom of expression through movement. Ending combinations focus on fusing the inner and outer worlds of the mover and the somatic realization of meaning through movement.
Release-Based Modern Dance Classes
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