San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
In this history of Dancehall workshop, Paradigmz will be charting a dance journey from the era of Jazz music’s influence on Jamaica’s social scene in the 40’s to the first breakout hit from Jamaica created by the jazz musicians melding traditional folk music with the latest American sounds and style. Moving swiftly onto the 50’s thru 70’s we’ll dance the full development of Rocksteady, Reggae and Dub, using the music of Studio 1 and Bob Marley to highlight the influence of Rastafarianism in Dancehall in both music and movement. The modern era of the DJ, begins here in the 80’s but here Paradigmz will make a re-tour to the UK’s contribution with the slow dance and music of Lovers Rock as well as dancing to the hits of notable bands such as Musical Youth, Smiley Culture and Aswad. The 90’s bring the Dancehall’s predilection for sexuality and bigging up the ladies so it will be their time to shine and whine. From 2000 onwards brings about the change in the dance where the men get their chance to dance and show off alongside their female counterparts. All of this will be framed in party atmosphere so bring your whistles and your black gold green!!
An Address To The Body is an invitation to engage with the embodied experience of dance, in all its potential for psychic and physical transformation. An invitation to dance, but where dance is considered as research, as a learning with the body, a highly complex and refined area of human activity, even a kind of thinking according to theories of somatic intelligence. To this end, teacher-practitioners of Haitian Vodou, Butoh, Dancehall, and Contemporary dance forms