ADaPT Festival 2013: Raving Jaynes Improvisation Master Class

Dance instructors and performers will lead dance and comedy improvisation workshops.

When: Saturday, July 27, 2013, 9:30 a.m.

Where: Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara

Cost: $15

Age limit: 9+

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Listening in Improvisation will use techniques from dance improvisation and comedy improvisation as well as concepts from Alexander Technique to explore how listening to what’s happening in the present, can move us forward into the unknown. We will use listening and noticing as the motors that allow us to be continually propelled by the reality of what’s happening on stage. A sense of play as well as an intense focus on listening will help us find the stream of improvisation and avoid the puddles. No previous experience is necessary.

About the Raving Jaynes:
The Raving Jaynes (Jamie Graham, Amy Larimer and Jay Rhoderick) present improvisations where movement, text and sound are woven, smashed and twisted together to transform what waits in the empty space into sweaty stories. The performers use a suggestion from the audience as inspiration for a collage of dances and scenes. The Raving Jaynes have been presented at dance and comedy venues throughout the Northeast including: The Built on Stilts Festival in Martha’s Vineyard, The Comedy in Dance Festival at Triskelion Arts, Dancemopolitan at Joe’s Pub, The NYC Improv Festival at The PIT, The Dragon’s Egg, Lehman College, The Unscripted New York Improvised Theatre Festival and The Tank. This summer, The Raving Jaynes will be presented at the Crisis Art Festival in Arezzo, Italy.

Amy Larimer (creator/director) is a dance/theater artist currently focused on blending dance and theatrical improvisation. Her work has been presented at a variety of venues including The 92nd Street Y, Dixon Place, DTW, Green Space, HERE, Joe’s Pub, The Joyce Soho, Triskelion Arts, and The West End Theater. She was a founding member of Nicholas Leichter Dance and toured internationally with Leichter for 10 years. She has also enjoyed working with Clare Byrne, Daniel Clifton, Colin Connor, Susannah Keagle, Polina Klimovitskaya, Patricia Nanon, Debra Wanner and June Wantanabe. She is a certified yoga teacher and the Artistic Director of the Dance Program at Lehman College.

Jamie Graham (performer), a Nashville native, received her B.F.A. in Dance and B.A. in English Literature at Webster University, St. Louis. She completed one year of post-graduate study at the Rotterdamse Dansacademie, Netherlands. Present projects include Naomi Goldberg Haas/ Dances for a Variable Population, Barbara Mahler and Jenny Rocha Dance Theater.

Jay Rhoderick (co-director) is a founding member of the long-running long-form improvisation ensembles Burn Manhattan and Centralia. Jay has taught improv for 12 years and has studied mask, Commedia dell'Arte, clown, and acting for more than 17 years. He has improvised with Jeremy Piven, Kate Walsh, Will Ferrell, Horatio Sanz, Stephen Colbert and many others. Centralia has performed throughout the U.S. and recently had its immortal song "Holy Shit" used in Showtime's TV spots. As an actor, Jay took part in the rollicking original NYC Fringe production of "Urinetown!"

Phone: 805-569-0389

Event posted March 1, 2013
Last updated July 3, 2013


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