Ashley Chen: Contemporary Class / Dancer from the Dance

Mon 5 Jul 2021
10:00 - 11:30
Online through Zoom
€5 DI Students / €7 DI Members / €10 Non-members / Member 10 Class Card €50
Professional / Advanced
Ashley Chen

The class starts on the floor, isolating the different joints to create corporal awareness and slowly stimulating the spine.
We will gradually bring the body to a standing position, experiment with Cunningham’s back exercises and explore the mobility of the spine.
Once the body is warmed up, we will explore mechanical movements through improvisational tasks.


Note: This class will be online due to Covid-19 restrictions.
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About Ashley

Ashley Chen has trained at the CNSMD in Paris. After one project with Thomas Duchâtelet, he joins the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in New-York in 2000. He moves back Europe, after four years to integrate the Lyon Opera Ballet where he performs works by William Forsyth, Trisha Brown, Philippe Decouflé, Christian Rizzo, Mathilde Monnier. In 2006, Ashley Chen decides to become a free-lance dancer and works with different choreographers throughout Europe, such as John Scott and Liz Roche, Michael Clark, Michele Ann de Mey, Philipe Decouflé and Boris Charmatz, he also works with Robert Swinston as performer and assistant on works by Cunningham.
In 2012 he established Compagnie Kashyl based in Normandy (France). He has a strong desire to investigate his individual creative process leading to significant and unconventional works. He has since created Habits/Habits (2012), Whack!! (2015, in collaboration with Philip Connaughton), Chance, Space & Time (2016), Unisson (2018) and Rush (2019). He is currently working on a group piece for 10 performers, Distances (January 2021).

Dancer from the Dance 

This class forms part of Irish Modern Dance Theatre's Dancer From The Dance: Festival of Irish Choreography
Curated by revered Irish choreographer John Scott, the festival crosses many national borders, practices, ethnicities and generations. This 3rd edition connects live performance with the incredibly visual artform of dance films and live-streaming, and honours the diversity of Irish choreography from the four corners of the world. The Festival will celebrate live dance, dance films and new works in progress, as well as traditional Irish Céilí dancing.

Dancer From The Dance draws national and international attention to Irish choreographers north and south of the border and from the greater Irish diaspora. Following huge critical success in New York and at home in Dublin in 2019, and last year in 2020, the festival in 2021 aims to celebrate age, gender and the ethnic diversity of Irish dance artists. 

DANCER FROM THE DANCE 2021: In collaboration with Dance Ireland, Project Arts Centre, Dance Limerick, Irish Arts Center (New York), Smock Alley Theatre, OntheBoards & Centre Culturel Irlandais 

Funders: The Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin City Council.