This Graham workshop is an open level workshop led by Graham trained dancer Megan Curet. Megan Curet is a guest teacher invited to Bristol to provide CPD for Bristol and South West based dancers by Bristol Morning Dance Programme and OvDa Dance company.
Curet having trained in the professional and independent training program has also worked with Graham based dancers and choreographers very closely throughout her professional dance career. With a very unique understanding of the technique, Curet combines technique, repertoire and composition in a very physically intense 4 hours workshop.
The workshop begings with technique class, exploring the very basic principals of the Graham technique. Moving through floor work, standing work and movement across the floor Curet emphasizes the techniques core principals of contraction, release, the use of the pelvis and shifting of weight to prepare the dancer for very grounded modern choreography which travels across the space.
The workshop is then split into two parts and the second portion combines the teachings of composition and repertoire. Not only is Curet interested in sharing the fundamental principals of the Graham technique but how this movement language will then allow for the dancer to explore individual movement language and vocabulary. In preparation to then also delve into the unique and rigorous repertoire exclusive to the Graham technique.
Although the workshop moves at an open level, Curet attends to all students in the room. Welcoming movers of all level and background to explore this unique and wonderful technique known as Graham.
Megan Curet is a dancer and choreographer born in the Bronx. A New York native to Puerto Rican parent’s, Curet began her performance training at the early age of nine in dance and drama at The Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club of the Bronx. Having trained in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Salsa, Tap, Contemporary and Modern dance techniques (Hawkins, Graham, Horton and Limon). Curet completed her Bachelors in Theater and Dance through the CUNY Baccalaureate program at Queens College. Shortly after she was accepted into the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance where she received a scholarship and trained in the Independent and Professional Training program for three years. Curet is now completing a Masters in Dance Studies at Roehampton University in London.
During her time at the Graham school Curet worked with various NYC based dance companies and choreographers including Ayesha (Bollywood Funk), Cynthia Stanley (Bardos Ballet Theater), Yin Mei Critchell, Heidi Dance, and Stanley Love (Stanley Love Performance Group). Curet has also performed nationally and internationally at PS1 MoMa, Performance Space 122, The JudsonChurch, Triskelion Arts, The Martha Graham Studio Theater, Avon Breast Cancer Walk, Brooklyn Dance Festival, Berlin fashion week and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
During her time at the Graham school Curet also went on to find and create her own dance company CuretPerformance Project. As artistic director and choreographer Curet has taken her company through three successful seasons, two at Triskelion Arts in NYC and the third in London at The Rag Factory. Curet’s company and choreography has been performed throughout NYC in various venues (Dixon Place, NYC10 Festival, Triskelion Arts, Martha Graham Studio Theater and more) and festivals and abroad (Berlin, Tanz Studio Carmen, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, London, The Rag Factory). This year as part of the third season the company will be embarking on it’s first international tour (UK) performing at The Island in Bristol, and Footprints Dance Festival in London. Curet will also be launching a new piece in Paris as part of her on going research Act. Now. Curet Performance Project has also been listed as one of Refinery 29’s Top Five Things To Do This AM in NYC.
Curet has also taught classes and workshops in Berlin at Tanz Studio Carmen, Tel Aviv, and Graham at London’s Roehampton University. And as part of her ongoing practice and research-involving dance as a socio cultural practice, politics of identity and activism Curet has presented her research at the university of Utrecht in 2015 at the conference.
Through her work as a dancer and choreographer Curet has taken her practice through many facets, exploring the various angles of dance and is continuously evolving as an international artist.