Mary Pearson

Class Description | Monday Night Improvisation, 8 February 2021 | ONLINE

"I will offer prompts to support embodied politics; moving reflections on care and mutual responsibility, acknowledging difficult or hidden histories, power and agency. Where do I feel aliveness, and the emergence of bodily responses to this time of global reckoning? Awakening possibilities for solo self-guided movement, moving together, taking in turns to witness each other, sharing and listening.

I named my improvisation practice ‘FAILURE Lab’ because I’m interested in disarming habits and judgments, getting lost, playing with mystery, overwhelm, underwhelm, and excess. What situations make my dancing body unfamiliar to myself? Can I disrupt trends of viewing myself and body as marketable products? How can I be fully in the here and now, along with complex identities and uncomfortable histories? " Mary Pearson

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Mary Pearson is a performance maker and dancer/researcher working with Contact Improvisation and related dance practices, comedy, visual art, voice, and devising. Her solos solos FAILURE, The Sand Dog Cometh and FoMO, mofos! have toured internationally. Fascinated by collaboration as a complex and coordinated practice in survival, Mary is co- curator of Con|VERGE, REMIX collaborative performance residencies at Ponderosa Dance (DE). She teaches improvisation as a FAILURE Lab in universities and art contexts such as Improspecjie festival (Croatia), contactfestival Freiburg (Germany), WCCIJam and PADL West (CA, USA), Ponderosa P.O.R.C.H. summer school (Germany), and Live Art Bistro (UK). As a qualified
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, she facilitates release of trauma held in the body.

Her current collaboratiive ‘How to Be Afraid?’ duet with mayfield brooks (USA) explores their separate but connected histories of the transatlantic slave trade, finding hauntings in our current psyches.

KUDERA+MPEARSONATER: ‘Anthropo+Screen by-products’ is a hybrid fashion-and dance-making dialogue with Alena Kudera, highlighting consumerism, plastic waste and fashion’s role in climate crisis.