A workshop based on the idea of working with different levels of stilters.
A variety of exercises that will improve your knowledge with the tool (stilts) but also with your body on stilts. Exercises that go from basic precarious balance (beginers-intermediate) to precise acrobatic movements (advance)
This is a class in which student will have to challenge themselves often, a class that will give you tools and games that will make you more conffortable little by little with diferent aspects of stilts as (risk, scenic power, awareness, safety falls and more)
• Nicolas Cifuentes:Founder and director of Nemcatacoa Teatro from Bogota-Colombia.Focus on physical theater on stilts. Began his theater studies in 1998 at Teatro La Mama and after that in other schools and workshops that take him close to his interest for street theater. His experimentation on stilts began 20 years ago, time in which he had direct 18 theatrical performances, 15 of them with NemcatacoaTeatro, and abroad with others like Sticks & Bones NY and Carpetbag Brigade CA. Some experiences to mark: Master class with Stalker Theater and David Clarkson (Australia), internships and seasons with Bread & Puppet Theater (US), Stiltasana Seminar with Carpetbag Brigade (US), International Stilt Council (Denmark). He also had been teaching at the Global Stilt Congress in San Francisco CA 2013.
• Gina Shorten: has been studying movement for over 20 years, from competitive gymnastics to classical and traditional forms of dance (Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, African, Hip Hop, Contact Improvisation, Tap), theatre, martial arts(Tai Chi and Capoeira) and other somatic forms (Yoga, Pilates, Feldenkrais). She performed professionally with Human Nature Dance Theatre, Canyon Movement Company and Isolated Incident Performance Group while completing her Bachelors and Associates from Northern Arizona University and Coconino Community College. Since then she has trained with Alvin American Dance Theater, Holly Johnston, Augusta Moore, Lizz Roman, Kelly Kemp, Scott Wells, Sara Shelton Mann, Mestre Accordeon and Mestra Suelly, as well as diving deeper into Release technique, vertical dance, and acro stilits, performing professionally with Catch Me Bird, FloatingRib Dance Project, Bianca Cabrera, Lizz Boubion, The Carpetbag Brigade Physical Theatre and Nemcatacoa Teatro Fisico from Bogotá. She currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she is teaching and performing.