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PIAF Connect: Workshops and Masterclasses

Masterclass: Kidd Pivot Improvisation Tools and Methodology


Explorative and Non-performative

Tickets Free Event


Whether you’re a local artist or simply a lover of the arts, PIAF Connect offers an extensive program of workshops and masterclasses to engage and collaborate with our visiting artists.

Masterclass: Kidd Pivot Improvisation Tools and Methodology

Under the direction of visionary choreographer Crystal Pite, Kidd Pivot’s distinct choreographic language has become globally renowned. 

Eric Beauchesne, Kidd Pivot’s rehearsal director, will run a free 1.5 hour masterclass focusing on discovering and revealing articulations and timings in the body.

The class begins with a warm-up as participants articulate deeply through the body in stages, starting from the spine and working towards the extremities.

Participants work at their own pace, exploring kinetic relationships both within their own bodies and to the space around them.

The class is explorative and non-performative: its focus is on the play between analysis and instinct, and the use of improvisation both as a tool and an experience.

This opportunity is hosted by STRUT Dance.

Saturday 25 February, 11am–12.30pm

King Street Arts Centre, Perth

Free, limited to 30 people

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Emerging dancers and choreographers who are completing or have recently completed their dance training.

PIAF strongly recommends you attend a performance of Betroffenheit prior to participating in the masterclass. Registered participants are eligible to purchase a ticket to the relevant performance at the Industry price of $36 (subject to availability). Discounted tickets for masterclass participants are only available via the ticket request form supplied upon registration.


Born in Québec, Eric grew up fishing and hunting before discovering dance at the age of 16. He has been on stage with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal as well as with Canadian contemporary dance icons such as La Fondation Jean-Pierre Perrault, Paul-André Fortier, Louise Lecavalier and Crystal Pite. Performing with Kidd Pivot since 2004, Eric currently collaborates with the company as rehearsal director, and stages Pite’s work on companies worldwide including Ballet British Columbia, Cullberg Ballet, Staatstheater Nürnberg, Royal Swedish Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. In 2013, he was appointed rehearsal director for Nederlands Dans Theater and since then has been based in the Netherlands. Eric devotes most of his spare time conducting improvisation workshops and advocating for climate justice and sustainable practices in the dance world.


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