Introduction to Movement Fundamentals
with Bill Evans
Bill will introduce participants to Bartenieff Fundamentals, gentle full-body movement appropriate for all ages and experience levels. Irmgard Bartenieff was a student of Rudolf Laban (the father of modern dance in Europe) and brought his work to New York City in the 1940s. She became a physical therapist (as well as a dancer and choreographer) and developed a system through which we explore our most basic human movement patterns. Through her work, we gain a deeper awareness of anatomy, sensation, feeling and personal uniqueness. Bartenieff isolated six fundamental movements which underlie all human activity. By investigating our relationships to these fundamentals we become aware of movement habits--both those that serve us and those that could be replaced with more efficient ways of moving. Through set simple choreography and guided improvisation, we will also explore our developmental patterns of total body organization--Breath, Core-Distal, Head-Tail, Upper-Lower, Body-Half and Cross-Lateral.
A series of 4 Mondays 3:30 – 5pm, February 4–25 PLUS March 11
Tuition $80. Sign up today. REGISTER HERE
**Due to Feb 11 being cancelled Bill will add an additional class on March 11
Bill Evans has a long-established international reputation as a modern dance and rhythm tap dance choreographer, performer, company director and educator. He is perhaps best known as the creator of a Laban/Bartenieff-based dance technique that is disseminated in annual summer institutes and taught throughout North America. He moved to Providence in August 2014, when his husband, Don Halquist, became dean of the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development at Rhode Island College. Since that time, Evans has presented his choreography and performance at AS220 and RIC, and he has choreographed for Fusionworks Dance, Newport’s Island Moving Company, and the dance companies of Rhode Island College and Providence College. He was awarded the RISCA Choreography Fellowship in 2016. His first appearances at Brown University took place in 1980, when the Seattle-based Bill Evans Dance Company fulfilled a month-long Rhode Island residency under the auspices of RISCA and the National Endowment for the Arts’ Dance Touring Program.
For a complete biography and information on his teaching and performance schedule and availability, visit: