5:30 pm reception; 6 pm lecture
Billy Siegenfeld is the founder, artistic director, principal choreographer, and ensemble performing member of the Chicago-based, national-and-international-touring performance company, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, now in its 22nd season. He is the recipient of the 2011 Dance Chicago Choreographer of the Year award; an Emmy® award winner as a performer in the HMS Media-produced PBS special, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project: Getting There; the recipient of the Ruth Page Award for “his vibrant dance artistry, development of a unique dance vocabulary, and the exciting choreography created in that technique”; and a Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence and a Fellow of the Women’s Residential College at Northwestern University.
He will discuss and demonstrate the unique voice-and-body approach he has created for teaching dance, theatre movement, and vocalizing called Jump Rhythm® Technique, and address how its ecopsychological alignment principle, Standing Down Straight®, can be used to help people from all walks of life–not just dance or theatre professionals–connect more effectively to the ground, to themselves, and to the people with whom they interact.
Admission is free and no reservations are required. A reception will precede the lecture.