Charles Linehan

My first week at PARTS I took an afternoon workshop with British choreographer Charles Linehan. It primarily consisted of us participating as dancers in his choreographic methods. We first learned a few short phrases – the movement was simple with many small gestures.  From there we had the freedom to cut up the material and improvise with it.  We soon constructed our own material with specific guidance from Linehan. He had a strong emphasis on partnering, with or without contact, particularly with one person bending and folding another body and it's parts. One person can direct and the other follows, but at times the passive partner can become more active. He slowly layers, builds, and splices movement fragments to create a rich palette of action. His vocabulary is clear and mostly develops through his direction and guidance, rather than teaching material. It feels literal and abstract at the same time.