LEAPFrog Summer Intensive
Image of LEAPfrog 2019 participants by Nettie Seip (top row from left: Effie MacMurchy, Candice Spykers, Daniel Levinson (instructor), Jeremy Pearson, Dana MacDonald, David Robert Leslie, Jesse Scharo, Colleen Snell (instructor). Bottom row from left: Callahan Connor, Hannah Robertson, Kaitlyn Seibold, Jessica Mak).
If you aspire to create site-specific work, where do you get started? And what if you are a dancer seeking to learn more about acting? What if you are an actor seeking to deepen your movement practise? If you have considered any of the above questions, Frog in Hand’s week-long summer intensive, LEAPFrog is for you.
Hosted by site-specific dance-theatre company Frog in Hand in collaboration with Daniel Levinson of Rapier Wit (Combat for Stage and Screen), LEAPfrog will offer integrated training in movement/dance, site-specific composition and acting. Participants will be challenged and supported as they approach text, cultivate their physical capacity for movement, deepen their reflective process and learn about collaborative creation in a site-specific environment.
LEAPfrog dates & details
LEAPfrog 2019 took place from August 5th-10th in Toronto and in Port Credit, Mississauga. Future dates to be announced.
9am-10am Physical warm up class
10am-noon Dance-theatre class
1pm-5pm Collaborative creation, site-specific project (in situ)
LEAPfrog 2019 was presented in partnership with Blueheel Dance and the City of Mississauga.
As the co-artistic founder of Frog in Hand Colleen works with a broad range of dance and movement organizations in a variety of roles including: educator, choreographer, collaborator, outside eye, fight director and performer. Colleen devises and performs collaborative work with musicians, spoken word poets, actors, fight directors, visual artists and martial artists. She trained in Toronto (CCDT), in Montreal (EDCM), and in England at the London Contemporary Dance School. She is an advanced actor-combatant (FDC), a writer with the Dance Current, and an avid arts educator. Her collaborative choreographic process and work is highly regarded, as is her work in improvisation and site specific production. Guided by Colleen's vision of collaboration, Frog in Hand has received support from the Port Credit Village Foundation, City of Mississauga, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Federal Government. She regularly choreographs, and dances with a variety of Toronto based dance theatre and stage combat productions.
Daniel Levinson is the artistic director and owner of Rapier Wit Fight Master, Fight Director’s Canada Owner, Rapier WitA graduate of the York University BFA Acting Conservatory program, Daniel has been performing, directing and teaching stage combat professionally since 1991. He is the owner of Rapier Wit, Canada’s oldest stage combat school and production company, and a founding member of the Riot A.C.T. stunt team. He is one of the founding advanced members of Fight Directors Canada, a past president as well as one of only ten FDC Fight Masters in Canada. Daniel has created fights for companies such as The Stratford Festival (5 seasons), Canadian Stage, Jesus Christ Superstar Broadway, Volcano Theatre, Actors Repertory Company, Second City, A.C.T. Productions, Shakespeare In the Square, Factory Theatre, Shakespeare in the Rough, Theatre Aquarius, The Actor’s Repertory Company, Theatre Passe Muraille, and The Tarragon Theatre. He is the resident stage combat instructor for Sheridan College, the University of Toronto’s Theatre and Drama Studies Program, and is a frequent instructor at the University of Waterloo. He also teaches stage combat workshops across Canada and internationally; workshop highlights include the Fight Directors Canada National Workshop (Banff, Victoria, Toronto, Montreal), Brock University’s Walker Cultural Leader Series, Boston University, Arcadia University, the International Scuola Brancaleoni Stage Combat Workshop (Italy), and the Paddy Crean International Art of the Sword Workshop (Banff). Daniel is a member of CAEA and ACTRA.For more visit: https://www.rapierwit.com/