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Thursday, April 15
Rebecca Lemme
Contemporary Release Technique
Q+A joined by Department Chair Betsy Cooper
CSULB Dance offers students three degree pathways—the BFA, BA and BA with option in Dance Science, preparing students for careers as performers, choreographers, dance educators, fitness specialists, graduate study, as well as other dance-related professions. Our holistic curriculum includes improvisation, composition, modern, ballet, jazz, hip-hop/black diaspora dance forms, and Pilates, integrated with coursework in dance history, dance science, music for dance, pedagogy, design and production. Master classes and guest artist residencies allow students to work closely with renowned performers and choreographers, and the department’s annual productions provide numerous opportunities to perform and create. The CSULB Dance Center features seven expansive and light-filled studios, an instructional classroom, a state-of-the-art dance clinic, a Pilates training facility, a computer/media lab, a large costume design and construction shop, a sound production studio, and 230-seat proscenium dance theater.

(Photo by Gregory RR Crosby, courtesy California State University Long Beach)

Rebecca Lemme

Rebecca Lemme, photo: Cheryl Mann

Contemporary Release Technique

Significantly informed by both Release and Laban/Bartenieff techniques, the class encourages investigation, problem solving, and versatility. Release technique is a method of movement discovery in which the superficial musculature of the body gives way to essential skeletal mechanisms, ultimately revealing greater dimension throughout the body. Class work will be grounded in the principle that self-exploration is the dancer’s most effective tool of development and is essential to finding authenticity of movement. While designed for intermediate to advanced movers, beginning movers with a deep curiosity are also encouraged to attend.

Rebecca Lemme

Rebecca Lemme is an Associate Professor at California State University Long Beach where she co-coordinates the BFA program and teaches contemporary, ballet, improvisation, and composition, among other things. Founded in 2014, she is also Artistic Director of the performance group Acts of Matter. Thematically and physically, her work is grounded in an unfettered willingness to attempt something while accepting the possibility of its failure. This physical exertion—this act of trying—is the core of humanity in the work. Rebecca toured nationally with Chicago based companies Luna Negra and River North, and her choreographic work has been commissioned for numerous universities and professional companies throughout the country. Rebecca holds a degree from Princeton University in English and Theater and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in Choreography.
http://rebeccalemme.com/

Betsy-Cooper

Betsy Cooper

Betsy Cooper

Betsy Cooper is Chair of the Department of Dance, California State University, Long Beach. She was Dean of The Hartt School, University of Hartford, from 2016-2018, and served in administrative leadership roles at the University of Washington from 2001-2015. Cooper performed with classical and contemporary companies nationally and abroad, including Nationaltheater Mannheim, Matthew Nash Music & Dance, San Francisco Opera Ballet, Makarova & Company and Connecticut Ballet. For seven seasons, Cooper was a member of the Seattle Dance Project, premiering in works by Edward Liang, Hilde Koch, Heidi Vierthaler, Molissa Fenley (with whom she continues to perform), and other renown choreographers. She holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Washington, and BA cum laude, in Archeological Studies from Yale University, and is a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Washington.