In this workshop students will learn the basic principles of contemporary partnering, sometimes called “non-traditional partnering.” Differing from more classical acrobatic or balletic forms of partnering, we approach this technique without the traditional roles of “base” and “flier;” instead, roles will be in constant flux, sometimes finding ourselves unsure of who is being lifted and who is lifting. Students can expect to carry, balance, and climb on each other new and creative ways, and should expect to work in physical contact with others. Dancers will come away with a basic understanding of safe partnering techniques that can be applied to their own practice and choreography.
Katherine Marino’s extensive performance career includes 10 years performing as a dancer, followed by three years with Rochester-favorite PUSH Physical Theatre. In 2018 she began working primarily as an independent artist, and since then she has performed her original material in China, Canada, and cities across the USA. Since beginning her freelance journey, Katherine has written multiple new acts, taken up management of The Molok Puppet Company, performed in her first film, and produced and directed several new productions, including the Extraordinary Muffin Theatre Spectacular,The 24 Hour Dances Project, and most recently A Show with Cookies, which is her first full-length solo production and is the fulfillment of her long-standing desire to give her inner clown a show of her own. Follow her on instagram @katherine.dances