A Special Master Class Series with Heather Kravas Company Members
JAN 24 + 25 + 26


PROCESS with Oren Barnoy
THURS JAN 24 / 6-8PM
What makes us satisfied in dance and how do we attain it? Using this as a premise, we will begin by rigorously drawing a series of self-portraits and then dancing them. We will write descriptions of others’ portraits and then dance these narratives. We will then use our dances as frameworks for new drawings and new dances. We will ask one another, how do we become choreography? Dedicating time to move as a group, we will incorporate decision- making to construct a “performance” and inquire about what it means to offer this dance to an audience.

TECHNIQUE with Liz Santoro
FRI JAN 25 / 9:30-11:30AM
This class is about attention. Giving it, receiving it, taking it, having it, holding it. There will be an anatomy focused warm-up utilizing both set and improvisational exercises. Information coming from classical dance forms, Pilates, performance studies, fascial release, neurophysiology and cognitive science will provide a foundation for our investigation of attention. We will attempt not only to expand our awareness of our particular bodies in a particular time and space but we will use awareness to gain access to new movement tools.

MOVING TOGETHER with Cecilia Lisa Eliceche
SAT JAN 26 / 2-5PM
For our 3 hours together, we will be dancing and moving in duets, trios and groups. We will start with exercises involving massage to warm up our sense of touch. We will utilize exercises of manipulation and “read” each other’s movements. We will create tasks that involve interdependency and make us move in ways we wouldn’t be able to move on our own. Finally, we will finish with a mass unison phrase, created spontaneously.


the quartet is a new performance work by sometime-Seattleite-part-time-New-Yorker-and- expat, Heather Kravas. A post-hierarchical investigation of the practices of tight-knit social groups, it is a choreography for four dancers who manifest four dances. Comprised of a neo-classical ballet by way of Busby Berkley, “cheerleaders” erecting a human tower, a physicalized spelling out of a laborer’s manifesto and a wailing widow’s lamenting folkdance – the work utilizes and undermines the clichés of contemporary performance technique to examine the underlying passions that guide its construction. the quartet will premiere in 2013.

Oren Barnoy has presented choreography at the Kitchen, PS1, Potsdam Film School, Dixon Place, Danspace Project @ St.Mark’s Church and Joyce Soho. He was a Studio Series artist-in-residence at New York Live Arts in 2011. Currently, Oren is a 2012-2013 resident artist at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. His installation work was presented at Art Basel, Miami. A featured DJ at the Ultra Music Festival in 2007 and 2008, he also released a reggaeton album on Koch Records. As a performer, Oren has worked for DD Dorvillier, Sarah Michelson, Heather Kravas and the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company.

Liz Santoro is a New York and Paris-based choreographer and performer. She holds a diploma from Boston Ballet School and a Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Harvard University. She hasworked with a wide range of NY all-stars including Jack Ferver, Trajal Harrell, John Jahnke, Heather Kravas, Ryan McNamara, David Wampach, and Ann Liv Young.  Her choreographic work has been presented by Danspace Project, Movement Research at Judson Church, Chez Bushwick, Dixon Place, PERFORMA 09, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, AUNTS, The Field, Dance Theater Workshop, Théâtre de Vanves, L’Atelier de Paris and The Museum of Arts and Design.

Cecilia Lisa Eliceche Cecilia Lisa Eliceche, originally from Argentina, studied at Anne Thersa De Keersmaeker’s PARTS.. As a dancer, she performs with Eleanor Bauer, Claire Croize, Etienne Guilloteau, Heather Kravas and Pablo Esbert Lilienfeld. As choreographer, she created “Cow’s Theory”, which won the second prix jardin d’europe “for its intense physical investigation of construction dynamics and social relationships”. She’s also working on a series of short dance researches called “Dance Concerts” and preparing her new long piece to premiere March 2014.