THE PERFORMANCE LAB receives
its non-profit determination making DancePartners -- the project
--into its own, independent organization.
A series of 4 interactive exchanges in original choreography mentored by
Perpich Center for Arts Education staff Diane Aldis, Tom Kanthak and
Mary Harding with the participation of PCAE Senior dance majors and their
peers [students of David Kloss] at the Southern New Jersey Academy for
Performing Arts [GCIT].
Minneapolis <----> Sewell, NJ.
4 interactive sessions pairing students at Pike
Lake Elementary/Mounds View [MN] and Paul Robeson Community Theme
School for the Arts [NJ]. Minneapolis <----> New
Jessica Lang of the Juilliard II Company coached
Ballet Arts Minnesota dancers in her choreography as they readied
for performance. Minneapolis <---->New
A number of interactive sessions with ACE teachers and the Perpich Center
for Arts Education. Sessions began with training of coaches and several
interactive sessions followed -- Studio
5B <----> Kelliher, MN --
with coach Christopher Yaeger teaching 2 sessions of the "Lindy" to
HS and Middle School students; Kelliher, MN <----> Little
Falls/MN. Kelliher students coached their peers in the Southern
city using techniques learned from Yaeger. Studio
5B <----> Little Falls/MN.
From Minneapolis, Chris Griffith helped build huge
puppets for a civic parade in the Northern city. Minneapolis,
MN <---->Little Falls, MN.
Will Swanson working from New York, coaches Ballet
Arts Minnesota students; actually completing his original choreography
for performance in interactive mode! Minneapolis <---->New
4 interactive vocal coaching sessions took place, with mentoring on-site
and interactively from Studio 5A with University of Minnesota/Bemidji
vocal majors and VocalEssence [Plymouth Music Series] coaches. Bemidji,
4 interactive coaching sessions in modern American
drama were held. NJ GCIT<---->Studio
5A/B. Rick Hauser of TPL and Virginia McFerran
of Perpich Center for Arts Education coached. After initial critique,
exercises addressing performance issues were suggested to student
actors. They used the exercises with their teacher in NJ, wrote
to the MN coaches. The coaches responded with yet more exercises
and feedback, and students continued work, writing again. Coaches
saw the scenes [the year’s “final” grade] during
two sessions and commented upon the work, wrapping up with critique
of students’ production designs.
2 interactive sessions for students with disabilities were held. Mississippi
Horizons/ Brainerd, MN<---->Webster Elemen- tary/Minneapolis. Students
of differing abilities were introduced to each through movement biographies
on the WEB and mirroring activities in the studios.
2 interactive sessions were conducted as part of an artist residency program. A
Center for the Arts/Fergus Falls<---->Studio 5B.
A principal dancer from the James Sewell Ballet mentored dance school students.
A significant number of visits
were made “out state” to develop partnerships for
the Shubert Initiative.
THE PERFORMANCE LAB was invited to share the interactive model and strategies
for coaching performance with an international public and peers in Monaco,
at the Monaco Dance Forum. Dale Schmid from NJ/DOE and Rick Hauser from
TPL attended. Plans were made there for exchange with Germany, France,
the Netherlands and Canada. These contacts will form the basis of international
exchanges projected for 2003 and beyond.