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Looking Deeper: A Contemporary Dance Intensive for Advanced Improvisors Co-presented by Middlebury College's Dance Department

  • Advanced Improvisors (college students encouraged) • Sundays, March 18 & May 13 • 12-4 pm • Instructors: Penny Campbell (3/18) & Susan Sgorbati (5/13)

    $40 for one, $70 for both, or $70 to pair with Saturday's Improvisation Laboratory for a full weekend of training.

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  • Please note: Online registration requires payment in full. To request discount for taking both, a scholarship, or payment plan, please email the FlynnArts Manager or call 802-652-4537.

  • Limit: 18

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Drop-in students are welcome when classes are not full, but classes regularly fill with registered students, so we recommend signing up in advance to avoid disappointment.

These intensives support and strengthen improvisation technique tools - both in performance and creation - for the community of advanced improvisers/contemporary dance-makers.

FlynnArts Faculty

PENNY CAMPBELL (March 18), recently retired from Middlebury College (VT) after nearly 30 years teaching in the Dance Program. Early work with Judith Dunn and Bill Dixon inspired her career-long focus on developing and sharing training practices that honor improvisational performance as an independent art form. Her specialty is fostering ensembles of musicians and dancers who, without premeditating scores, can co-create well-crafted concerts of improvised work that push artists and material beyond the habitual. She calls her work Performance Improvisation. Penny has taught and performed nationally and internationally, most recently in Cuba and the Dominican Republic, and makes her home in Shoreham, Vermont. Website:

SUSAN SGORBATI (May 13) from Bennington, has been seriously investigating improvisation as a method for teaching and performance for twenty years. For the last ten years in collaboration with scientists, she has been exploring the relationship between dance and music improvisation and complex systems. Her work has led her to three residencies at The Neurosciences Insititute in La Jolla, California under the tutelage of Dr. Gerald Edelman and an going dialogue with Dr. Stuart Kauffman, who was in residence at Bennington College in the fall of 2004. In 2006, she went on a national tour with her “Emergent Improvisation Project.” Her book was recently published, "Emergent Improvisation: Where Dance Meets Science on Spontaneous Composition." She has been on the faculty at Bennington College for twenty-five years and is also a professional mediator.

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