José Navarrete (Fundamentals Class)
Class Description: "Ascending Spine, Senses of Touch, and Choices"
Three prompts will be developed during classes that inquires the fundamentals of contact improvisation: Ascending spine, senses of touch and choices. Each concept will be unpacked and build up to create puzzles as scores to agile our senses of space, presence, and physicality for a shared dance. These classes will be part of the introduction to Contact Improvisation that will lead into the jam. So Everybody is welcome.
José Navarrete is a native of México City where he was first exposed to theater and dance, choreographing and performing in parks, hospitals, and children's parties as a clown and dancer. He studied dance at the National Institute of Fine Arts in México, and has a B.A. in Anthropology from UC Berkeley and M.F.A in Dance from Mills College. He has been studied extensively movement with Sara Shelton Mann. José is the recipient of a CHIME Across Borders fellowship with Ralph Lemon. Navarrete has taught dance and performance to kids, youth and adults in Mexico, and in the San Francisco Bay Area at Berkeley High School, Marin Academy, Cal State East Bay, Zaccho Youth Program and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. José founded his own interdisciplinary performance company with Debby Kajiyama, NAKA Dance Theater, in 2001. As part of Fresh Festival Team, he curates and teaches workshops exploring concepts of racial equity and decolonization through the physical body.