Company XIV – The Workshop You’ve All Been Waiting For …

by Karen Tortora-Lee on February 7, 2012 · 0 comments

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If you read THM with any frequency you already know that I am a HUGE fan of Austin McCormick and his amazing Company XIV. What comes out of the 303 Bond Street Theatre is almost impossible to describe – because how can you describe the way your life is changed, over and over again?

The Company is now taking things to the next level with their Workshop (full information after the jump) which will take place March 5-10, 2012. Space is limited so I urge you to take a look at the schedule and see if you can join Austin McCormick, Laura Careless and Sean Gannon who all made this marvelous workshop possible. During the week fantastic instructors will take you through Repertory Classes (know what it feels like to be a Company XIV member), Lucid Body Classes (open to actors as well as dancers) and Gaga Classes (no! NOT Pokerface! This is the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin).

I’m also thrilled that THM will be intimately involved in bringing this Company XIV workshop to you: I’ll be doing an exclusive two-part series on the website and you won’t want to miss it.


I’ll start off a few weeks before the workshop with an in-depth article, then I’ll follow that up with an on-the-scene report. Best of all – I’ll be moderating a panel discussion with Austin McCormick himself (Friday March 9th 1:15 – 3:00). That panel is open to the public and admission is by donation, so give what you can. You won’t want to miss hearing the man himself answering some fantastic questions – I know I can’t wait to hear what he has to say!


So, check out the information below, sign up, mark your calendars … and get ready to have the time of your life with COMPANY XIV!

Company XIV Workshop
March 5th-10th, 2012
Company XIV invites you to join us for a week of workshops at our studio at 303 Bond Street, Brooklyn, New York.

From March 5th-10th company members, guest teachers and Director and Choreographer Austin McCormick will introduce participants to the Company XIV movement and style through a week of classes designed to hone the specific dance, theatre and stylistic skills featured in the company’s work.

Workshop Schedule

Monday (March 5th)

10am-11am: Registration (Studio available for warm-up)
11:15am-12:30pm: Gaga  (Bobbi Smith)
12:30pm-1:30pm: Lunch Break
1:30pm-4:30pm: Lucid Body  (Fay Simpson)
5pm-7pm: Repertory/Creation rehearsal with Austin McCormick
Tuesday (March 6th)
9:30am-10am: Studio available for warm-up
10am-12:30pm:Lucid Body  (Fay Simpson)
12:30pm-1:30pm-Lunch Break
1:30pm-3pm: XIV Company Class  (Laura Careless)
3:30pm-7:30pm- Repertory/Creation rehearsal with Austin McCormick
Wednesday (March 7th)
10am-11am: Warm-up/ Registration for open class
11am-12:15pm- Gaga. (Bobbi Smith)
12:15pm-1:30pm: Lunch Break
1:30pm-3pm: XIV Company Class  (Laura Careless)
3:30pm-7pm: Repertory/Creation rehearsal with Austin McCormick
Thursday (March 8th)
9:30am-10am: Studio available for warm-up
10am-12:30pm:Lucid Body. (Fay Simpson)
12:30pm-1:30pm: Lunch Break
1:30pm-3:30pm: XIV Company Class  (Laura Careless)
3:30pm-7pm: Repertory/Creation rehearsal with Austin McCormick
Friday (March 9th)
10am-11am: Warm-up/ Registration for open class
11am-12:15pm: Gaga  (Doug Letheren)
12:15pm-1:15pm: Lunch Break
1:15-3pm: Interview with Austin McCormick
3:30pm-7pm: Repertory/Creation rehearsal with Austin McCormick
Saturday (March 10th)
11am-11:45am: Warm-up/Registration for open class
11:45am-1pm: Gaga. (Doug Letheren)
1pm-2pm: Lunch Break
2pm-6pm: Repertory/Creation rehearsal with Austin McCormick
7pm-8pm: Showing  (Open to public)

Class descriptions



Experience a day-in-the-life of a Company XIV performer with this series of classes with Company XIV Choreographer and Director Austin McCormick! Austin will teach and coach XIV repertory and also create original choreography to give each performer an individualized and educational experience. This series of classes will result in the creation of a piece and culminate in an informal performance for invited guests. Dancers of all backgrounds and actors with a strong sense of their own physicality are encouraged to attend, and all participants must be present for the duration of every session. The Lucid Body class on Monday 3/5 is a mandatory pre-requisite for this class as Austin will be drawing upon vocabulary from the technique.


Lucid Body

The Lucid Body technique ( was created by Yale School of Drama Faculty Member and author of “The Lucid Body; A Guide for the Physical Actor” Fay Simpson as a physical training method for actors, and has been invaluable to Company XIV performers as a path to opening the body to the expression of every human potential. Based on the premise that each body holds the potential to experience every human condition, Lucid Body technique is a safe and deep psycho-physical process of introspection, exertion and mental challenge. Classes will build upon each other. The class on Monday 3/5 is a pre-requisite for the Repertory workshop.



We are honored to host Batsheva Dance Company members Bobbi Smith and Doug Letheren to teach Gaga as part of the Company XIV Workshop. Gaga is the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin throughout his work as a choreographer and Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company in Israel ( Classes (all 1 hr 15) are offered on a single class basis, or as part of the Full Workshop schedule as the emphasis on an instinctive and individual experience of movement is a great preparation for Company XIV work.


Company Class

Taught by Company XIV founding member Laura Careless, this class is both an ideal preparation for the repertory class that follows and a well-rounded class in itself. Join XIV dancers for a 1hr 45 class that combines yoga, dance technique and energy work in an approach to movement that is formally structured yet places equal emphasis on sensation. A dance background is recommended for this class, which can be attended on a single class basis as well as part of the Full Workshop schedule. With live music.


Interview and Discussion with Austin McCormick

An informal discussion with Company XIV’s Founder, Director and Choreographer moderated by Karen Tortora-Lee, Editor-in-Chief and Founder of the website The Happiest Medium ( Open to the general public and entry by donation.


Class options

Registration is required for ALL classes. Space is limited.

(Please see below for details on how to register.)


Full Workshop: $300

All classes including participation in studio showing on Saturday 3/10


Repertory Only option: $200

All repertory workshops including pre-requisite Lucid Body class on Monday 3/5 and participation in studio showing on Saturday 3/10


Lucid Body Class Course: $65/$40 for Repertory participants

3 classes with Fay Simpson, creator of the Lucid Body technique.


Single Classes (Gaga and Company Class only): $15


Please email the following:
Date of birth
Phone number
Headshot and resume
Choice of class option
(If open classes, please specify date)




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