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FREE Master Class Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Francesca Harper PHX
April 4, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm MSTfree
Free Master Class by Francesca Harper, co-hosted by Arizona Dance Coalition and Desert Dance Theatre is sponsored by ASU Gammage, Cultural Participation, BEYOND SERIES. Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm at Dance Theater West, 3925 E Indian School Road, Phoenix AZ 85018.
We are fortunate to offer this free master class taught by internationally acclaimed performer and choreographer Francesca Harper, artistic director of the Francesca Harper Project, the week prior to Dance Theatre of Harlem for a special solo residency.
The master class is geared for age 18+ intermediate / advanced level dancers entitled “Creative Thinking & Performance Technique with Francesca Harper.” It is designed to help the artist develop confidence and intellectual skills in making choices in the moment, leaving the student with a sense of artistic ownership and a deeper understanding of themselves as a performer and a human being.
Space is limited. Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at gro.ertaehTecnaDtreseDnull@asiL or text/call 602-740-9616.
Francesca Harper – dancer, theatre, singer, arts entrepreneurship, activist
Francesca Harper returns to where her professional dance career began with Dance Theatre of Harlem, only this time as an artistic director lending her choreographic artistic vision to create a piece called “System”. The concept for the piece is grounded in topics such as race, class, gender, and economics. Francesca began work on “System” (2016) three years ago, driven by the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown at the hands of police in 2014. After performing with the Dance Theater of Harlem, she danced as a principal in William Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt from 1994-1999. Since returning to the States in 2000, Harper has performed in several Broadway productions including Fosse, The Producers, The Frogs, and The Color Purple. Most recently, Francesca was appointed as an Adjunct Professor at New York University, a teacher for The Ailey School and the Fordham BFA Program, and a teacher and choreographer Tony Award Director Susan Batson at the Susan Batson Studio. Francesca also enjoyed working as a ballet consultant for the feature film, “Black Swan,” by Darren Aronofsky, starring Natalie Portman, who went on to win an Oscar. System will be the centerpiece for Dance Theatre of Harlem’s show at ASU Gammage on April 14, 2018. To read a full interview with her about the piece, go here.
As a special offer to participants, $10 (cash only) tickets to Dance Theatre of Harlem’s performance will be available for purchase at the class.
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