CUNY Dance Initiative Fall Workshop
Artistic Director Matthew Westerby will lead a workshop incorporating contemporary dance technique, repertory and improvisation. Westerby’s technique class is based on weight shift, momentum and energy flow, leading into will learning of professional company repertory, combining both challenging movement and performance qualities, taught by Westerby and his Company members. The workshop will culminate with both choreographic tasks and improvisation exercises, all with the aim of developing the unique voice of each participant.
Matthew Westerby Company (founded 2009) is motivated to create projects that foster community, building work that is accessible to all. Artistic Director Matthew Westerby’s approach is inclusive yet challenging by nature, asking each performer for unique contributions to the process, ensuring the imprint of all involved. The Company has been presented at venues around NYC and further afield in Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Jersey. MWC collaborated with pianist Matei Varga and composer Matt Van Brink on A Swan Lake Fantasy (2014) & The Letters Project (2017) with composers Bryan Senti & Rick Smith. The Companynhas self-produced three New York City seasons – University Settlement (2011) and at the Hudson Guild Theatre (2014 & 2017).
The Company is currently in residence at York College through the CUNY Dance Initiative (2017-18, 2018-19), & has been in residence for Project Poetry Live! since 2009, a multi-disciplinary arts project for middle schoolers in Hartford, CT with major support from the Connecticut State Department of Education.
MWC received funding from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Creative Engagement grant (’16, ’17 & ‘18) and the UMEZ Arts Engagement Grant (2018) for The Harlem Project – a community dance project that brings together participants of all ages from Harlem, Brooklyn and the Bronx, culminating in performances in Marcus Garvey Park (Harlem) The Company delivers year-round dance education for the Far Brook School (Short Hills, NJ) for grades
PK-8. The Company has also worked with the Hudson Guild Theatre Company since 2012, producing dance and theatre productions that involve and inspire community, with a new production planned for spring 2019.
The Company became a non-profit organization in 2017 with the assistance of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts & Proskauer Rose LLP.
November 8, 2018
6:00 PM — 8:00 PM
94-45 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard
Milton G Bassin
Main Stage Theatre