Abigail's class is designed to cultivate awareness. It trains the eye to see and analyze as well as the body to express movement. It draws on various somatic practices including the Alexander Technique, Yoga, Qi Gong and Klein Technique to look at movement from the inside out placing emphasis on anatomic efficiency, freedom in the joints, use of weight, swing, and breath. Special attention is paid to mechanical specificity, spatial and directional clarity, points of initiation, and cause and effect.
Questions this class raises include:
• How do we define strength?
• Does muscular “doing” access maximum movement potential?
• What alternate sources of power are available to us as movers?
• What does it mean to dance into the floor rather than on top of the floor?
• How can we use gravity and momentum to our advantage?
Abigail Yager was a member of the Trisha Brown Company from 1995–2002 during which time she also served as Ms. Brown’s musical assistant.
As a reconstructor of Ms. Brown’s choreography, she has worked with the Lyon Opera Ballet, Candoco, at La Monnaie National Opera of Belgium, Le Festival International d’Art Lyrique, and has directed educational projects at the Taipei National University of the Arts, The Theatre Academy Helsinki, The Five College Dance Department, The Ohio State University, the American Dance Festival and at P.A.R.T.S.
Ms. Yager has taught at universities, festivals, and studios worldwide, including the Korean National University of the Arts, Chonbuk University, Le Centre Choréographique National de Rennes et de Bretagne, and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.
From 2006-2010, she served as Visiting Associate Professor at The Ohio State University. She has been a member of the faculty at the American Dance Festival since 2003 and is currently guest faculty at both Taipei National University the Arts and National Taiwan University of the Arts.
Ms. Yager holds a B.A. in Compositional Studies: Theory and Practice from Mount Holyoke College and a M.F.A in Dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival.