Education & Outreach
Kim Epifano teaches classes and workshops at colleges and universities, dance and theater festivals and performing arts organizations around the country in a variety of movement and theatrical techniques.
“She ties in all needed elements of theater, dance and life. I have learned so much in this class!”
Epiphany’s classes and workshops embrace a non-competitive atmosphere while at the same time encourage participants to strive for the highest personal level of skill that can be excavated in the process of sharing and learning.
Erasing the boundaries between dance, theater and music, Kim is acclaimed for her interdisciplinary, site-specific works that welcome new and diverse audiences to the world of dance and create bridges of cross-cultural understanding.
Kim’s class builds from a live score setting using contact improvisation, physical action and some use of vocal skills to open the imagination and the body to every mover’s potential. Students explore their individual creativity, balance, and body awareness while learning to move in relation to their self, the floor, and a partner. By sharing weight, strength, space and gravity, participants learn how to trust and be trusted while falling on and off the edges of each others bodies. We will explore how the ending of one move is the beginning of another and how to utilize momentum to continue the progressive nature of the dance. Improvisation skills will be tuned and explored through interdisciplinary methods Epifano has developed. Be prepared to sweat, have fun! ALL LEVELS WELCOME!
The Art of Abstract Storytelling
These workshops incorporate physicality-sourcing, essence, guts, partnering, improvisation, distillation, imagery, vocalization, theater, text, self and world politics. We will also use visual art taking pencil/pen to large paper, a process of body mapping that reveals maybe what you did not know was there. Interdisciplinary artists welcome. For performers who dance, sing, act, write, play an instrument or not, and have a strong sense of improvisation as well as technical skills and want to dive further into the creative process of creating and editing material! These workshops will help strengthen your choreographic/sound/text performance ideas into reality with integrity. Bring kneepads, a journal, writing implement and one object that you identify with now in your work and life.
Site-Specific Performance Lab for Dancers, Actors, Musicians
Using interdisciplinary improvisation techniques, find out how to creatively respond and use the landscape, architecture, history, sound, and vibration of a site to create unique work. In collaboration with the group, we will use inside and outside spaces, generating choreography, sound, image, and physical theater. Each day we will start with a grounding and energizing warm-up using Yoga, Chi Gung, Capoeira, Contact Improvisation, Post-Modern Dance, Chakra singing, rhythmic and lyrical call and response, solo and group improvisations. This will lead us into our imaginations and tune our systems to be ready to dive into our sites. The last day of the workshop will include a site-specific showing of our week’s investigations. Please bring a blank page journal and if you play and instrument, please bring it!
Integrated Modern Dance Technique
Getting up on our legs and down on our arms, we will use modern dance techniques to understand momentum, release, and articulation. Beginning with stretching and strengthening exercise, sound and breath, we will heighten body awareness. Movement phrases then allow students to become more attuned to alignment, texture, musicality, and performance qualities. While maintaining the clarity, precision and line developed in upright technique, students will also explore inversion and moving in and out of the floor.
A Womyn’s Workshop
A two-fold workshop, including basic skills of contact improvisation, and personal investigation from a feminine perspective. We will first focus on trusting our bodies, their strength, giving and sharing weight. Using innovative ways to move in and out of the floor, learn to catch and throw one another, and begin to fly. Every day will end with discussion and journal writing, to find the group issues and interests which will guide us into the next day’s physical journey. Class provides a non-competitive, safe space to explore partnering, voicing, and writing. Most classes can be geared toward performance and used to create material for site-specific and/or informal showings.
Afro-Brazilian Dance, Maculele and Capoeira
This class investigates the Afro-Brazilian Samba dance and Martial Art techniques of Maculele and Capoeira and to explore the different movement, sound and costumes of this culture. Students will also be required to learn some of the music and songs involved with these forms and the history behind them. All dancers are musicians and musicians are dancers. This class will be required to perform a Samba Dance combination with the musical knowledge of the Batucada, Maculele stick dance and song, Capoeira exercises performed and playing in a Joda as well as knowing some of the songs and instruments played such as Berimbau, pandero, drums and shakers.