Ashley Chen: Contemporary / Dancer from the Dance

Tue 30 Jun 2020 - Thu 2 Jul 2020
10:00 - 11:30
Online through Zoom
Open to professional level dancers and advanced level participants
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 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.

Register for this workshop on Zoom here

This workhop is part of John Scott’s irish modern dance theatre [IMDT] Dancer From The Dance festival this June and July. Drawing on national and international attention to Irish choreographers North and South of the border and to the greater Irish diaspora. Following huge critical success in New York and at home in Dublin last year, the festival aims to celebrate age, gender and ethnic diversity of Irish dance artists. In response to Covid-19, Scott takes his five-day dance festival to an online platform featuring the best of Irish contemporary dance in this second iteration of his wonderful celebration of dance that honours the diversity of Irish choreography from the four corners of the world.

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 2020: Festival of Irish Choreography is in In collaboration with Dance Ireland, Project Arts Centre, Dance Limerick & Irish Arts Center, New York
Supported by The Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin City Council