JAPAN INTERNATIONAL BALLET FESTIVAL
Contemporary Ballet molds classical ballet and contemporary techniques into a practice that focuses on clarity and abandon. Inspired by the philosophies of Alonzo King and Piña Bausch, Scherman guides students on a journey that values individuality, artistic risk-taking, curiosity, and problem solving through investigation and enthusiasm. Class begins with abdominal work, continuing into barre and center. Center adagio is a gateway into Scherman's choreography, while celebrating the technical platform that was built at the barre. Scherman sees great benefit in giving students the time and space to make intelligent artistic decisions within a movement phrase. Students will explore the technical potential for each step, as well as their own potential within the step. With intense focus on musicality, ownership, and speed, contemporary ballet invites the student to dive into class through a technical, expressive, and choreographic lens.