Itcush Method

and Mitzvah Technique


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REMEMBERING AMELIA PROJECT FINAL GATHERING PHOTOS

Presentations: 

Susan McKenzie presents a series of stories collected on the life of Amelia Itcush

Susan McKenzie presents a collection of stories of the life of Amelia Itcush

             Photo Credit: Victor Lam

Kana Nemoto and Ashley Johnson present the work of Amelia Itcush, the Mitzvah Technique and Itcush Method

Photo Credit: Victor Lam

                Photo Credit: Victor Lam

Dance Performances:

Claudia Moore presents an ode to Amelia’s life as a dancer

Photo Credit: Daniel Paquet

Photo Credit: Daniel Paquet

Ashley Johnson and Kana Nemoto present a final ‘small chair’ demo.  With the mentorship of Susan McKenzie and Robin Poitras the ‘small chair’ begins to transform into choreography

Photo Credit: Daniel Paquet

           Photo Credit: Daniel Paquet

Photo Credit: Daniel Paquet

          Photo Credit: Daniel Paquet

REMEMBERING AMELIA PROJECT FINALE  November 25-30, 2014 New Dance Horizons (Regina)

The Remembering Amelia Project is an educational project exploring and archiving the work of movement analyst and dance maverick Amelia Itcush (1945-2011). The Itcush Method theories and practices of dynamic posture have aided people from all walks of life to expand their human movement potential.

YOUR HOSTS: Robin Poitras, Ashley Johnson, Susan McKenzie, Kana Nemoto
SPECIAL GUESTS: Jennifer Mascall, Claudia Moore, Kathy Morgan.

Amelia Itcush in David Earle’s Angelic Visitation #1, 1968 / Photo by Eric Dzenis

Join us at NDH for series of unique encounters from movement classes, live dance performances and artist talks to the sharing of a major research and legacy project honouring the insightful work of Amelia Itcush.

The Itcush Method is a series of exercises based on theories developed by Amelia Itcush. Through research and practice of the Mitzvah Technique, Amelia’s body of work utilizes the Mitzvah Principle toward freeing the body from pain and physical restrictions. Her theories and practices of dynamic posture have aided people from all walks of life, in developing a structurally flexible, mobile and strong body.

This touring project is generously supported through the Sask Arts Board Culture on the GO grant program, Dance Saskatchewan Inc. and the Canada Council along, with operational support from The City of Regina, Canadian Heritage and the Saskatchewan Arts Board as well as private donations from Jeffery Anders and Neil Meili.

The Remembering Amelia Project Finale will be held at New Dance Horizons:
HOUSE OF DANCE / Studio Theatre
2207 Harvey Street, Regina, Saskatchewan
306 525-5393, events@newdancehorizons.ca

WORKSHOP: Soft Feet & Balancing Forces

7-9 pm Nov. 25, 26, 27, 2014
$15.00 per class
LEARN exercises to build and maintain dynamic posture.
Led by Mitzvah Technique and Itcush Method teachers Ashley Johnson and Kana Nemoto

This series of classes explores elements of the body of work left by movement analyst, dance elder and pioneer Amelia Itcush.  Over three classes, floor, sitting and standing exercises will be covered, giving the student a foundation into the development of efficient posture allowing the body to move pain free.  This class is open to all ages and levels and is of special interest to anyone looking to develop a physical self-maintenance program.

The Itcush Method is a series of exercises and theories developed by modern dance pioneer Amelia Itcush.  Based on the Mitzvah Technique, Amelia’s body of work utilizes the Mitzvah Principle toward freeing the body from pain and physical restrictions.  Her theories and practices of dynamic posture have aided people from all walks of life, in developing a structurally flexible, mobile and strong body.

HOMAGE: Itcush Into Dance

2-3:30 pm Sat. Nov. 29, 2014
FREE
VIEW live performance dedicated to Amelia:
Claudia Moore in Sylph(a), choreography: Apolonia Velasquez, Ofilio Sinbadinho
Small Chair Work demonstration: Ashley Johnson, Kana Nemoto

Performance: In ode to Amelia, guest dance artist Claudia Moore will perform a solo dance work, Sylph(a), choreographed by Apolonia Velasquez and Ofilio Sinbadinho and tell her story Amelia’s “deeply inspiring influence”,  without which she couldn’t imagine her own dancing life. “Amelia was a mythic creature, magically appearing when I needed her. I don’t think I ever thanked her enough. In telling our story, I attempt to do so.” – Claudia Moore

Small Chair and Small Chair Variation: Itcush into dance or Mitzvah into movement is a technique used to free the dancers body of physical restrictions. Developed over a period of thirty years with dancers from around the world this work uses the theories of direction of energy and spiralling forces to bring about grace and flow. Dancers and Mitzvah/Itcush Method teachers Ashley Johnson and Kana Nemoto will demo the rarely seen but inherently fluid movement of small chair work.

GATHERING VIII: An Open Exchange

2-4 pm Sun Nov. 30
FREE
CELEBRATE Amelia’s legacy
Exhibit: an archival collection of videos, illustrations and writings from Amelia’s body of work.
Demonstration: Hands On Chair with Kathy Morgan.

The closing of the project will feature a display of documentation, records and traces of Amelia’s work, providing insight to her remarkable gift toward expanding human movement potential. Special guest artist/teacher Kathy Morgan of Saskatoon will be in attendance to demonstrate the hands on chair work.

We invite you to join us, welcome your feedback on the material presented and look forward to a group discussion.

An overall goal of the project and of archiving Amelia Itcush’s work is toward preserving and extending her unique vision and deeply explored movement ideas. Questions of Amelia’s   legacy and a public presentation on her work have been seminal to the project.

For further information and registration:
306.525.5393 |
events@newdancehorizons.ca

 

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