The Fluent Body by Sarah Brumgart

Thu Oct 28, 2010


Moving through Life with Grace and Ease

AMOA and Women & Their Work are pleased to be co-sponsoring this solo dance performance by Sarah Brumgart at the Laguna Gloria Villa. Discover how ancient yoga and a unique form of contemporary dance are interrelated and influence each other. This program involves a yoga sequence that is choreographed like a dance, followed by a movement meditation that incorporates yoga-like poses.

AMOA-Laguna Gloria Villa 3809 W. 35th St. Austin, TX
Registration: AMOA art school (512) 323-6380
Performance $15 (limited seating), Workshop $60, Performance & Workshop $70

Moving through Life with Grace and Ease
Workshop for All Skill Levels

Limited Enrollment (Ages 13 and Up)
Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010 9:00-12:00 Noon
Registration: AMOA art school (512) 323-6380

Develop your own fluent body, one that is both agile and expressive! This workshop
will introduce you to a method that integrates physical conditioning with creative dance. It includes exercises for flexibility, strength, joint mobility, and improvisational movement.

Transferring to the University of Illinois, Brumgart completed a BFA in Dance in 1974. While there, she learned two types of movement notation which later became the basis for both her choreography and teaching. After graduating from college, she began experimenting and developing her own structured-improvisational dance pedagogy. In 1977 she started producing this solo work, receiving six Choreographer Fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, performing throughout the United States on the National Performance Network and in Europe, and being featured in numerous national publications. While living in Brooklyn, NY during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, she also performed with Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians as an ensemble member (along with the soon-to-be famous dancer and choreographer Mark Morris). Upon moving to Austin, TX in 1982, she was a guest dancer with the Deborah Hay Dance Company.

Brumgart has a universal approach to movement that has a timeless and global quality about it. Rather than specializing in one specific style of dance, she is interested in exploring how many different ways a human body can move. Throughout this ongoing pursuit, she continually discovers new forms that are totally original to her, or ones that resemble those of different cultures throughout the world. Whatever she finds or reinvents, she always aim to express it in a way that is fresh and unique. The result is a seemingly endless variety of movement that is both startlingly new and comfortably familar. As The Washington Post has described her, “Sarah Brumgart…is a phenomenon. At first sight, her small head, compact figure and finely chiseled features give an impression of cherubic innocence…but her appearance in no way prepares you for the power and intricacy of her dancing…both virtuosic and heroic, an almost encyclopedic marathon of movement possibilities.”