Miami's International Physically Integrated Dance Festival and Conference
WORKSHOPS / AND ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
$10 at the door
Saturday October 29th:
Koubek Center, Miami Dade College, : 2705 SW 3rd St, Miami, FL 33135
10 - 11:30 Douglas Scott workshop (open to movers of all abilities)
12 : 2 PM – Victoria Mark’s workshop (open to movers of all abilities)
2:30 - 4PM Round Table Discussion led by Victoria
Full Radius workshop description: 10-11:30AM
Almost all professional dance training assumes a set of norms, paradigms, and aesthetics applicable only to people without disabilities. Full Radius Dance has created a methodology of rigorous dance training that serves both dancers with and without disabilities. Join us for a participatory workshop as we dive into the Full Radius Dance technique. We'll discuss the intent of the movement, what muscle groups are used, and will readily demonstrate how it can be executed by different embodiments - seated on the floor, seated in a chair, or standing. This workshop is welcoming of all bodies.
Victoria Mark’s composition / dance making / workshop: 12 – 2PM
Victoria Mark’s Round Table Discussion -TBA – 2:30-4PM
"Why Disability Culture Matters” (Can disability culture serve as a force for greater social change?)
Narrated by Cameron Basden
Victoria Marks, “I want to consider how rethinking disability, particularly in relationship to ableism can shift paradigms for non-disabled people as well. Some examples: We are all in a process of aging and decay, yet many of us labor under the illusion that we will get better, thinner, smarter, etc. The future looms bright. We are constantly bombarded by visions and fantasies of perfect happy and beautiful people. Our aspirations and dreams are socially constructed and marketed. Can appreciating real bodies, and our human diversity shift our values? Can it bring us more into the present rather than yearning for an illusory future? Might disability teach us to cherish the beauty that is all around us, close by, and hiding in full view? Can we learn to court possibility, rather than loss? Is the value of a person determined by what a person produces? Might disability invite us to think differently about each of our human value?”
FM4 BIOS of guest artists:
Douglas Scott (Artistic/Executive Director) is the leading creative voice of Full Radius Dance. He discovered dance upon entering Western Kentucky University to earn a B.F.A. in Performing Arts. After graduation, he moved to Atlanta and spent several seasons with the Ruth Mitchell Dance Company, where he performed in works by Ruth Mitchell, Ron Cunningham, Monica Levy and Sal Aiello. In 1991, Douglas founded Dance Force, Inc. He began his exploration of physically integrated (dancers with and without disabilities) dance technique in 1993, and this interest led to the creation, with co-founder Ardath Prendergast, of E=motion in 1995. In 1998, Dance Force and E=motion merged to create Full Radius Dance. Douglas is also the founder of the Modern Atlanta Dance (MAD) Festival which showcases metro-area modern and contemporary dance companies and artists. The festival has been produced annually since 1995. In 2014, Douglas was honored by Governor and Mrs. Nathan Deal with The Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities. Douglas was cited as “a respected leader in modern dance” and for expanding “the definition and reach of modern dance by creating opportunities for dancers with and without disabilities . . . not only in the local Atlanta community, but throughout the State of Georgia, the United States and internationally.” Douglas has served on grant panels for local, state, and national funding organizations.
A respected teacher for over thirty years, Douglas Scott has extensive experience in teaching classes and workshops in modern and modern-based physically integrated dance for numerous schools, organizations, and conferences including Chattanooga Parks and Recreation Department, VSA arts of Kentucky, the Coalition for Inclusion in the Performing Arts, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Children's Institute (Pittsburgh, PA), the Lakeshore Foundation (Birmingham, AL), the Montgomery (AL) Therapeutic Recreation Department, the Edith Upchurch Forum on Innovative Recreational Programming, the National Dance Association/AAHPERD, Arts for All (Tucson, AZ), Shepherd Center (Atlanta, GA), VSA arts of Georgia's Summer Training Institute and the Amputee Coalition of America. Internationally, Douglas has taught workshops in physically integrated dance technique in Italy, Ireland, Germany, and Spain.
Quotes about the dance company FULL RADIUS
“Full Radius Dance defies physical limits to create a masterwork Tapestry.”
– Vanessa Alamo, ArtsAtl (2018)
“An excerpt from Scott’s new It is four years ago and it is yesterday was just
plain beautiful. “– Gillian Renault, ArtsATL (2013)
“This company and its director Douglas Scott are a true gift to the Atlanta community.
Their bravery, innovation and creativity offer something irreplaceable to the
region’s art scene.” – Chelsea Thomas, Dance Informa (2013)
"With New/Favorites, Scott has again transcended physical limitations to communicate a unique creative vision . . .
a sensitive, inventive and deeply thoughtful program, given by one of the Atlanta dance community’s most valuable assets."
- Cynthia Bond Perry, ArtsAtl (2014)
Victoria Marks is an Alpert Award-winning choreographer, Guggenheim and Rasuchenberg Fellow, and Fulbright Distinguished Scholar, who has been making dances for stage and film for the past 38-ish years. Marks is a professor in the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance and serves as the Associate Dean in the School of the Arts and Architecture and Chair of UCLA’s Disability Studies minor. Her choreography has long considered the politics of citizenship, as well as the representation of both virtuosity and disability. These themes are part of her ongoing commitment to locating dance-making within the sphere of political meaning. Her projects migrate between ‘choreo-portraits’ for individuals who don’t identify as dancers and dances for and with dancers that fuel her inquiries into movement. Most recently, she led the Dancing Disability Lab at UCLA, a gathering of dance artists who worked together to challenge “ability paradigms.”
Carina Ho is a Bay Area-based musician and dancer who creates work under the moniker ONIKHO. As a music producer, she melds her influences of classical, blues, jazz, and electronic music, and has released a self-titled EP, and plans to finish releasing her first full-length album at the end of 2022. Having formerly danced professionally with AXIS Dance Company, she also uses video to showcase collaborations with other disabled creators. She is a Fulbright Fellowship recipient and has toured both the United States and internationally to teach and perform. One of her goals as an artist is to feature artists with diverse bodies and abilities in her work to normalize people with disabilities in the arts.
Douglas Scott discovered dance upon entering Western Kentucky University to earn a B.F.A. in Performing Arts. After graduation, He moved to Atlanta and spent several seasons with the Ruth Mitchell Dance Company before founding his own company. In 2014, Douglas was honored with the prestigious Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities. He was cited for expanding “the definition and reach of modern dance by creating opportunities for dancers with and without disabilities . . . not only in the local Atlanta community but throughout the State of Georgia, the United States and internationally.”
About Karen Peterson and Dancers
The only full-time organization south of Georgia that works in the physically integrated dance genre on a statewide, national and international level, Karen Peterson and Dancers (KPD), founded in 1990, is a non-profit dance organization, in Miami. The company's focus on physically integrated dance includes those with and without disabilities, which both elevates the human spirit and reshapes the paradigms of dance and beauty, regardless of perceived or real barriers.
For close to three decades, KPD has presented an annual season of new ensemble work, performed by hundreds of dancers, created by multiple choreographers, at multiple venues, on a local, national and international level. Since 2006 though The Talent Showcase program, KPD has also sustained ongoing educational workshops and residencies for over 5,000 teens with special needs. In 2018, KPD successfully launched, the inaugural Forward Motion Physically Integrated Dance Festival and Conference (FM) featuring leading physically integrated dance companies Candoco Dance Company from London, Axis Dance Company from San Francisco; and Revolutions from Tampa
The Fourth Annual Forward Motion Dance Festival and Conference of Physically Integrated Dance, Performances: October 27th , October 28th Workshops / Conference: October 29th
A evening of Florida Premieres by
The Full Radius Dance Company, Atlanta, Georgia and
by Victoria Marks an Alpert Award-winning
choreographer, Guggenheim and Rauschenberg Fellow
Guest Dancer and Composer: Carina Ho
Performances at The Miami-Dade County Auditorium
2901 West Flagler Street, Miami, Fl 33135
Thursday, October 27th at 7:30 PM
Friday, October 28th at 7:30 PM
$25.00 Tickets available on MDCA website
Workshops Conference at the Koubek Center, 2705 SW 3rd St, October 29th from 10am – 5pm
Call 305-298-5879 for workshop schedule TBA