Lea Ved, both a dancer with NDT 1 and one of the choreographers that gave workshops, about the Shared Platform:
“Considering the global shifts and unprecedented times that lay around us, NDT has managed a remarkable start of the season, kicking off in full swing. We are lucky to have our time and schedules still filled with so much attention to our art form, and to have this time together for development.
The Shared Platform has already been a rich exchange that feels like a big buffet of tastes and ideas that fuel a variety of appetites. Twice a day, for approximately two hours each, every workshop has differed in its mode of engagement and curiosity, specific to a physical, cerebral, theatrical, sensitive, or investigative world.
Within the platform, I also had the immense pleasure to lead a series of workshops in the Rubberbandance Method, a hybrid technique codified by choreographer Victor Quijada merging together classicism and breakdance; work that I spent three years of my career training with in Montreal, Canada.
I have been so thrilled to share this with our incredible dancers in NDT, knowing how this method has the capacity to deeply inform development and creativity. With all I have been excited to share, I am so inspired watching my colleagues enter the world of Rubberbandance, channeling roots from hip-hop in celebrating their individuality and self-expression, and myself serving as any conduit for providing the kind of space and environment that supports them.
I’m eager to continue a dialogue of these meetings of worlds, and I am very grateful for this exchange!”