Profitraining is a project by Emily Gastineau that seeks to reenvision practice for contemporary dance artists. Practice here means any activities that support an artist’s work but do not feed directly into creating a specific piece—which includes a myriad of physical techniques, personal rituals, intellectual histories, and social engagements.
In this series of group practice sessions, the content will be built by the participants in each session according to a common set of directions. Not exactly a dance class and not exactly an improvisation score, Profitraining is a method of engaging and reorganizing the many components that influence our work.
Profitraining has been designed through a series of interviews and physical research with Twin Cities dance artists.
Thoughts on Profitraining by Katharine Hawthorne (SF): “Practice and Collaboration in Minneapolis”
Profitraining mentioned in In Dance Magazine (SF), article by Katharine Hawthorne: “PEER Practices in Context”
This is an opportunity influence the practice as it is further developed for Impetus (see below). Free and open level.
- Tuesday, July 23, 6-8 pm
- Wednesday, July 31, 6-8 pm
- Sunday, August 4, 1-3 pm
- Tuesday, August 6, 6-8 pm
Studio 206, Ivy Building for the Arts, 2637 27th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55406
RSVP to [email protected]–requested but not necessary.
PROFITRAINING AT IMPETUS
IMPETUS is a new, four-day festival of emerging contemporary dance in the Twin Cities curated by Kimberly Peterson and presented by The Soap Factory. Engage in the creative process, take classes and workshops, observe open rehearsals and talk shop with local Twin-Cities movement artists during IMPETUS. The festival concludes on Saturday, August 24th with gala performances from each of the eight participating choreographers.
Full festival schedule available here.
- Wednesday, August 21, 12-1:30 pm, Discussion on the development of Profitraining
- Wednesday, August 21, 1:30-3 pm, Profitraining (physical practice session)
- Thursday, August 22, 2-3:30 pm, Discussion on the development of Profitraining
- Thursday, August 22, 3:30-5:30 pm, Profitraining (physical practice session)
- Friday, August 23, 6:30-8 pm, Profitraining (physical practice session)
- Saturday, August 24, 3:30-5 pm, Profitraining (physical practice session)
Profitraining questions the meanings of “professional” and “training”. Profitraining assumes that all the information we need is at our fingertips, and that we have the capacity to switch between different techniques, bodies, goals, and tactics. Profitraining assigns and reassigns value to time, space, and knowledge. Profitraining believes that we should be both expert and amateur. Profitraining knows that we need discipline, structure, and meaning, and we also need to be arbitrary, subjective, useless, and open.