Dance Advance Partnership | March 26 – April 7, 2012
This residency concluded a year-long reflective process for Cousineau aimed at questioning habits surrounding her own movement invention and opening up a dialogue with others about her creative process. Throughout the year Cousineau worked with several mentors including Belgium-based choreographer Alain Platel, to examine physicality in her work, from improvisation to set material, as a soloist and with other performers. Cousineau continued her reflection on movement creation at MANCC by engaging in a mentorship process with Canadian choreographer and performer Peggy Baker.
During the first week of the residency, Cousineau generated choreographic studies with performer Scott McPheeters. In week two of the residency Cousineau was joined by Peggy Baker (teacher, performer, and artistic director of Peggy Baker Dance Projects), who offered critical feedback, tools, and devices to expand and collapse their physical investigations. In addition, Cousineau, Baker, and McPheeters held an informal showing and dialogue session during an FSU School of Dance Forum. They reflected upon their mentorship processes and experiences, as well as shared insight into the derivations/manipulations of the material that was shown.
This partnership project is made possible in part with support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through Dance Advance.