MOVING FEILD GUIDES, Patterson Park: Baltimore City
In this gallery are photographs taken during the development days for a field trip Anne Kotleba and I collaborated with Dance Exchange on. Anne and I have been partnering at Dr. Rayner Browne Academy Elementary and Middle since November.
I am an AmeriCorps Member with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, so we've had this opportunity to work together with the Company to develop the first in a series of nature walks that will be using Dance and Scientific observation to connect urban youth to the natural environment.
We worked with the YMCA of Central Maryland and with Greg Branch who is a community partner at Dr. Rayner Browne Academy Elementary and Middle.
For our field trip we after school sessions at Patterson Park* with Y program staff and dancers / naturalists (with The National Forest Service) with DC-based Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and educators form University of Baltimore. We explored and connect to the natural environment through movement and art-making.
Tool training with Dance Exchange (DX) Company member Shula Strassfeld. She spent two hours working with Anne Kotleba and I working through DX Tool Box activities. She focused on one called “Detail: a tool which focuses on drawing movement ideas from concrete physical evidence by observing the immediate environment and by conjuring details of a scene from memory and imagination. Rather than a fixed procedure, Detail is a set of practices for observing, imagining, discerning, and organizing information that can be a rich source for movement.”
Shula led us through a series on movement improvs and visualizations to create solo material and material that we fused together. I really enjoyed dancing with Anne! As we have begun to co-facilitate at Dr. Rayner Browne we are developing and sharing some great activities together and this training strengthened this relationship for sure!!