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Dance, Engaging with Sensation - Fall 2019


Dance, Engaging with Sensation - Fall 2019

from 12.00

Wednesdays 10-11:30am
September 4 - December 11 2019
Taught by Shannon Murphy

Photo: Steve Surgalski

Class Option:

Dance, Engaging with Sensation
with Shannon Murphy
Wednesdays 10-11:30am : September 4 - December 11, 2019

$12 artists + students/$15 general // $50 for a 5 class card  // $100 for a 10 class card (good for 6 months)

Dance, Engaging with Sensation is a place for bold curiosity of our self in motion. Including activities ranging from proprioceptive warm-ups to sequentially inverted phrases, Shannon prepares this class with the needs of a professional dancer in mind. She prioritizes sensation as a way to research quality, function, and form and offers suggestions that can lead to deep investigation inside of improvisational and guided phrase work. She believes in training for a responsive body to support the dynamics of falling off of vertical, redirection. and complex coordination practices. As a Franklin Method educator, she has been researching how to use imagery and functional anatomy as tools to invite participants to immerse themselves in inter-personal investigations in class - deepening one’s experience of self as a way to dance with others. This class is proposing a dance practice that brings pleasure into play; a serious sort of play that requires acute attention to the sensation of the dances that we do.

Shannon Murphy
is a dance artist who creates invitations for gathering to practice complexity, differentiation, and resilience. These practices model possible ways of being through experiencing sensate, fleshly, and imaginative explorations of one's own biology. Her research exhumes, arouses, and destabilizes through improvisational methods generating dance, co-narratives, myths, and tactile artifacts. With a deep care for collaboration she prefers to work in groups, sharing through teaching, making, and performing. Shannon likes to engage in long conversations as well as language-less haptic interactions where what is felt becomes a proposal for sharing what cannot always be seen. 

Shannon received her MFA in Dance from the University of the Arts in the summer of 2019. She is currently an Artist in Residence at the Whole Shebang teaching and developing her current performance research. Her work has been awarded an Arts for Social Change grant from the Leeway Foundation,  a Live Arts LAB fellowship, a New Edge Residency in Dance and a New Edge Mix Artist at the Community Education Center, and was an Artist in Residence at Mascher Space Co-Op. She has been a co-director of idiosynCrazy productions alongside founder, Jumatatu Poe since 2009. Shannon has studied Franklin Method with Eric Franklin for over 10 years and now as one of the first US/English speaking faculty members, specializes in Franklin Method for dancers. As an adjunct Assistant Professor, she teaches at UArts where she is the Curricular Head of Body Pathways, and is developing programming to reduce injury and support the healing and recovery of injured dancers. She also teaches at Stockton University and as an adjunct professor taught at Bryn Mawr College and Drexel University where she was the Assistant Director of Drexel Dance Ensemble from 2015-2017. Shannon has worked with many dance artists/companies, including: Peggy Baker, Group Motion Dance Co, Jaamil Kosoko, Jumatatu Poe, The Naked Stark, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, SCRAP Performance Group, and Kate Watson-Wallace.