We are pleased to announce MASC Studio’s Artist’s in Residency Arts & Above!

Kate Jordan and Bruno Augusto

Currently, Bruno and Kate are investigating mind and body pathways with the intent to maximize the full expression of the self. They begin from within the personal vessel, minimizing outside forces and energies; generating truth, clarity and strength. This initial portion of the movement practice/warmup starts slow, and picks up in speed in a natural way. The technical components, which are taken from Bruno’s knowledge in Ballet, Tai Chi, Afro Cuban Modern Dance, and Capoeira, and Kate’s knowledge in GYROTONIC® method, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Gaga, Modern Dance, and Ballet, are then introduced. The next phase of the class includes creation and performance components, which they lead through improvisation based tasks and phrase materials. Special focus to the weaving of individual voices when working in partnerships is emphasized. They challenge the participants to stay with their personal expression while also taking in the experience of being among other bodies. In this particular part of the practice, everyone is encouraged to perform for themselves, rather than for each other. This practice is designed for people of all abilities, and does not require previous dance experience. Original music accompanies the practice.

BRUNO AUGUSTO

Bruno is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Arts & Above. As an art maker, performer, and educator, his body of work consists primarily of dance, music, poetry, and film. Bruno’s works have been presented in the Washington DC metro area, New York City, and the bay area of San Francisco. Internationally his works have been presented in Cuba, Portugal, Germany, Angola, and Algeria. He has been a professional dancer for 21 years; performing in Cuba, Angola, and throughout the United States, while touring Africa and Europe. His formal training includes classical Ballet, modern dance, and contemporary movement techniques as well as acting and music composition. Mr. Augusto holds a diploma from the National School of the Arts in Havana, Cuba, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Towson University in dance performance, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in dance performance and choreography.

KATE JORDAN

Kate is the Co-Foundering Director of Arts & Above. Her work reflects life experiences through contemporary dance and performance art/installation.  Occasionally she expresses through film, screen printing, and costume design.  Kate’s work has been presented across the United States at venues such as The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (DC) and ZSpace (S.F.), as well as internationally in Guatemala and Peru. With an appetite for global travel, Kate has toured countries such as St. Lucia, Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Italy and Greece.  As an educator she focuses on technique, expression, and performance. She is trained in classical ballet, traditional American modern dance, Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals, contemporary dance movement techniques, Pilates and GYROTONIC®. From 2009-2012 she served as co-founder/co-director of the Eureka Dance Festival (DC). Ms. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Grove City College in Marketing Management, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from S.U.N.Y. Brockport in dance performance and choreography. In 2016 she opened Kinetic Body Missoula, the first space in Missoula dedicated to the practice of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®.

View some samples of their work here:

www.vimeo.com/artsandabove