Like visionary artists before them, dancers are now looking towards “sacred” geometry as inspiration for their art. Realizing that music is math and theory has been the driving tool to teach new generations of musicians and push boundaries by creating and breaking rules, modern dancers have been developing dance theory centering around the body, its limitations and how we can craft methods of training using mathematical principals to develop aesthetically pleasing motion.
In this workshop, we’ll cover how the body and its interactions with music and space can be broken down into points, lines and shapes. We’ll take examples from traditional and modern dance, decontextualize and marginalize their movements into simple, visual math. If you’re uncomfortable with the concepts laid out in trigonometry and calculus, don’t worry–the ideas covered in this class have nothing to do with equations, calculators or even something as complex as long division. Geometry is a visual language. All you’d need to succeed is a pair of eyes and a willingness to open your mind to the infinite possibilities of the body.
Suitable for all levels of dance experience.
When you see him walk down the street, be it on Broadway or the Esplanade, Kai is an ordinary guy. Jeans and a plain white tee. That’s his uniform. Nothing fancy. When you see him on a dance floor, you’ll find much of the same. No El Wire. No mask. No chest-bearing masculinity. But he will captivate you, nonetheless.
Kai uses simple and complex geometry to explore space through movement. With music as his bondage, he frames, tessellates and scales points, lines and planes, drawing his audiences in with visual logic, illusion and playfulness. When the music stops, he can be found scribbling dance theory in gridded notebooks, looking for where the body’s limbs and joints align to what Euclid, Pythagoras and da Vinci all searched for—universal structures of mathematics.
2014 marks half of his life spent in the pursuit of studying dance. Walking the path of mastery across 45 states thus far on a quest to build a new generation of dancers from the ground up by teaching movement mechanics, Kai develops students using the foundational philosophies laid by the forefathers of the Open Source movement—to share freely and build upon.
Having lead worldwide dance communities, organized leading edge movement conferences and taught at small, medium and large scale music, movement and arts festivals, Kai has been called “inspirational ,” “the kind of dancer that others want to imitate,” and that he “puts a whole new perspective on how I look at dance” with “layers of conventional and original elements.”
As he researches deeper into dance as a meditative and uplifting force using Csikszentmihalyi’s psychological concept of flowstate, Kai hopes to continue on his quest to inspire, educate and learn as a student for life in the mechanics of movement, music, entertainment and inclusion.