Master Class with Award-Winning Choreographer & Ballez Artistic Director Katy Pyle
Feb 9, 12:00pm-2:00pm
Spaceworks @ Williamsburgh Library, 240 Division Ave

What is a re-imagined, gender non-conforming dance practice?

In this free workshop, Katy Pyle will discuss how their company, Ballez (est 2011) is working to insert the herstory and lineage of lesbian, transgender, and gender non-conforming queer dancers into the ballet canon through the creation of large scale story-ballets, public classes, and conversations. Beginning with a short version of their gender-expansive, queer and questioning Ballez Class practice, which re-imagines all the typical exercises of a standard ballet class within a space of queer play, they will invite participants into their movement practice. This will be followed by the sharing of videos, photos, and conversation around the process of creating Ballez performance works, which are co-choreographed by queer dancers of various identities.

OPEN TO ALL: LGBTQIA, dancers and movers of all experience, allies welcome.
NOTE: Please bring socks or ballet slippers, and wear clothing that allows a full range of motion.

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11:30AM Doors Open: come in to settle, mingle, warm-up; 12:00PM Start

About Katy
Katy Pyle re-imagines ballet culture through their own intersectional queer feminist lens. Pyle’s company, Ballez, uses the gendered vocabulary of classical ballet in unexpected combinations to create large-scale projects that celebrate complex contemporary queer identities, making space for diverse representation within ballet’s traditionally exclusionary culture. Major works include “The Firebird, a Ballez,” Danspace Project (2013), “Variations on Virtuosity” American Realness (2015), and “Sleeping Beauty & the Beast,” La Mama (2016). Pyle choreographed “Slavic Goddesses,” at the Kitchen (January, 2017) for artist Paulina Olowska. The company has been supported by the Jerome Foundation, Mertz Gilmore, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Mount Tremper Arts, and over 1500 individual donors. Pyle has taught Ballez Class since 2011 at BAX, and has brought the work to Yale, Princeton, Sarah Lawrence and NYU, Whitman College, Bowdoin College, and Beloit College. The Ballez has been featured in the New York Times, Dance Magazine, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, Bust Magazine, and on NBC.

Photo credit: Elyssa Goodman, Deborah Lohse and Khadija Griffith in “Sleeping Beauty & the Beast” at La Mama ETC


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