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Let Go, Play Big, Notice More

  • ADF Samuel Scripps Studios 421 Broad St. Durham, NC (map)

This improvisational theatre mantra has become a part of my artistic DNA in the past few years. Guided by these meta-directives, we will engage in a collective movement practise to close the gap between our bodies and our brains. Explorations of perception and sensation may yield new questions, and we will listen to these curiosities with our entire bodies. We may also work on acknowledging influence, insisting on togetherness, exposing assumptions, searching for honesty and changing strategies. Then I will offer self-reflective prompts and protect time for individual contemplation before inviting a group discussion. Finally, we may engage in small group improvisational scores to further explore key ideas; transitioning between the roles of audience and doer. My goals as a facilitator include responding to the needs and desires of the participants, holding space for disagreement, admitting my own potential wrongness openly, reminding participants of their inherent individual power (and the danger of abusing it), and sharing my enthusiasm for movement and philosophy without apology.


Photo by Francesca Chudnoff

About the instructor:
David Norsworthy is a Toronto-born, internationally acclaimed choreographer, performer and teacher. He has worked with companies, festivals and educational institutions in Canada, the USA, Sweden, Tanzania and Australia. His choreographic work has recently been presented by Kaatsbaan International Dance Center (New York, USA), Dance Initiative (Carbondale, USA), Our Voices/Magma Dans (Stockholm, Sweden) and ArtPowers (Arusha, Tanzania). David's next major choreographic research and creaton project is titled Tackling aboutness and is funded by the Toronto Arts Council (Toronto, Canada). He has been privileged to perform and tour with companies including Toronto Dance Theatre (Toronto, Canada), Peggy Baker Dance Projects (Toronto, Canada), Dancenorth (Melbourne, Australia), ZviDance (NY, USA), Brian Brooks (NY, USA), Skånes Dansteater (Malmö, Sweden) and Andersson Dans (Stockholm, Sweden) among others. Teaching experiences include workshops at several high schools, dance studios and universities including Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada), Point Park University (Pittsburgh, USA) and York University (Toronto, Canada). He is the Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Fresh Dance Intensive, a workshop series that has inspired over 5500 young people across 6 Canadian provinces since 2007 and Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of TOES FOR DANCE, a community outreach and artistic exchange initiative that has received critical praise from The Globe and Mail and The Dance Current. David was the recipient of The Living Arts Centre's inaugural Ron Lenyk Inspiring Youth Arts Award. In 2016 David was named one of the 25 Most Influential Young Choreographers by Narcity Toronto. He is the grateful recipient of funding from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. David graduated from New York City's The Juilliard School in May 2013, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Dance Division. David enjoys (real) fruit smoothies, almond milk lattes, one-on-one chats, nature walks, and watching TED Talks.

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