The Backhausdance Artist Series features periodic master classes taught by internationally-recognized, concert dance choreographers and dance artists.
Samuel Wentz, originally from North Dakota, has worked with the Trisha Brown Dance Company, Wally Cardona + Jennifer Lacey, Mark Morris, Gerald Casel, Jmy Kidd, and Christopher Williams. His contemporary technique class begins with simple, somatics-based exercises that allow us to locate, ground, and mobilize our parts into a coordinated whole, followed by large moving phrases that require us to simplify and hone in on our own habitual movement patterns. Phrases are built upon the ideas of architecture, momentum, buoyancy and our relationship to gravity. Sam’s class is influenced by his studies of Alexander Technique, Klein Technique, Gerald Casel, and the body of Trisha Brown’s work.