Ball Passing: A Talk by Charles Moulton
Noted choreographer and Dominican instructor Charles Moulton will discuss his signature work, Ball Passing. Videos will be shown of its recent performance by 72 non-dancers in Toronto as part of the Fall for Dance North Festival and the works growing use as a tool for healing in Pediatric hospitals. The presentation will be followed by a hands-on Ball Passing experience. Participants will learn the basic patterns of Ball Passing and the ideas behind them.
Ball Passing is part dance, part game and part living puzzle. It is community art that illustrates how diverse individuals can cooperate to manifest complex and interdependent structures. Ball Passing can be learned by people of all ages and ability levels and can be modified to meet the specific needs and skill sets of virtually any group of participants. It has been learned by groups as diverse as The Joffery Ballet, and children at the Olga Pediatric Hospital in Stuttgart. The process of learning and performing Ball Passing engenders the kind of experience that has become less and less available in our culture – a profound sense of connection and community. Created by award winning choreographer Charles Moulton in 1978, Ball Passing has been taught to more than 5000 individuals with widely varied cultural backgrounds.
Charles Moulton (born Minneapolis, Minnesota July 13, 1954) is an internationally recognized choreographer who has staged dances on Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Project, The Joffrey Ballet, The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, The Ohio Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, Gauthier Dance (Stuttgart) and many other companies in the US and abroad. He is a Guggenheim Award winner, a Dorothy Chandler Arts Achievement winner and a co-founding director of Performance Space 122 in downtown Manhattan. He is co-artistic director of Garrett+Moulton Productions, a San Francisco based performing arts organization that presents live dance and music. Moulton is most widely known for his signature work “Ball Passing” in which teams of performers standing on bleachers pass brightly colored balls to each other to create a living human puzzle.
Photo Credit: Alonzo King LINES Ballet I BFA Program I Simon Wachter