LANDING is an experiment in pedagogy, research, mentorship and possibility.
Over the course of six months, a selected group of dance artists meet with each other, Gutierrez, and a variety of extraordinary guest performing artists and administrators in the context of workshops, artist talks, studio time, performances, and public presentation. Using the web of unique resources available through Gibney, the goal is to create a network of experiences to address and support the interests and challenges that face dance artists either newly arrived to New York or those who feel the need for better navigation through the current dance and performance landscape. Traditional distinctions between “dancer” and “choreographer” are not relevant. All the participants are considered generative artists.
The various emphases of LANDING are: creating community, valuing experimentation in the creative process, making space for critical inquiry, listening to how other people in the dance and performance community are making it work, generating practical and administrative skills in order to survive financially, prioritizing self-care in order to prevent burnout, and activating a conversation about the cultural, social and political value of dance and performance work in today’s world.
LANDING proposes an alternative to the academic educational model. There is no institutional evaluation. In terms of a “syllabus,” the participants collaborate with Gutierrez to define the directions that the program takes in a real time dynamic and responsive structure that emphasizes peer-to-peer learning. The guest artist visits are informal and personal and vary from presentations on their work, conversations between them, Gutierrez and the participants, a sharing of some aspect of their practice, or a combination of all of the above. Because of the small number of participants and the ongoing nature of the LANDING meetings, these visits have a more intimate quality than the conventional artist lecture or a drop-in “master class.”
Now in its third iteration, LANDING has proven to be a vital experience for the participants, whose connections with each other extend beyond the time of the program into friendship and artistic collaboration.
It all started when…Death Electric Emo Protest Aerobics
DEEP AEROBICS officially premiered February 10-12, 2011 in NYC as a part of Platform 2011: Body Madness - Absurdity & Wit, curated by Judy Hussie-Taylor at Danspace Project at St. Marks Church.
DEEP AEROBICS is a workout form invented and shamelessly disseminated by Miguel Gutierrez, who hopes to soon destroy the technique, because it’s just too hard to teach, and really the world is going to hell in a hand basket anyway. It is one hour plus of the communal/political/conceptual/imaginational workout experience you always wanted but never could embarrass yourself enough to find or do in public. It is for anyone who has ever had any interest in combining the joie de vivre that is the vigorous bouncing of one’s anatomical/spiritual/energetic molecules with the existential absurdity that is living in a world/country/economic system of injustice, war-mongering, and cultural ineptitude. Oh wait, that’s you. Come in a costume of your own devising, whatever that means to you. Taste the sweat.
p.s. Take one class and you are instantly a certified master teacher of the form. No yearly dues, fees, reports. Just give me credit.
Places DEEP AEROBICS has been unleashed since 2007:
Neighborhood House, Christ Church, Philadelphia, PA
House of Yes, Brooklyn, NY
Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, as part of CAMPING
Centre National de Danse/Pantin, France as part of AMERICAN REALNESS IN FRANCE
Les Subsistances, Lyon, France as part of AMERICAN REALNESS IN FRANCE
Tilt Festival for Kids, New York, NY
High Performance Rodeo, Alberta, Canada
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
FOREIGN AFFAIRS Festival, Berlin, Germany
Gibney Dance Center, Benefit for Harvey Milk High
University of Maryland, Silver Springs, MD
Tanssin Talo, Helsinki, Finland
Dublin Fringe Festival, Dublin, Ireland
Shaking the Habitual, with The Knife, Terminal 5, New York, NY
]domaines[ Montpellier Danse, Montpellier, France
Maximum Service, Roskilde, Denmark
Kaaistudios, Brussels, Belgium
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Body Madness PLATFORM, Danspace Project, New York, NY
Connecticut College, New London, CT
American Dance Festival, Durham, NC
Velocity Dance Center, Seattle, WA
Hollins University, Roanoke, VA
Performance Dance Projects, Philadelphia, PA
Luther College, Decorah, IA
The Politics of Ecstasy Festival, Berlin
TBA Festival, PICA, Portland, OR
Connecticut College, New London, CT
Dublin Fringe, Dublin, Ireland
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT