May 24, 2010
Welcome, you have found yourself on the homepage for Laura Hicks. Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher and Pilates instructor. Laura has lived and worked in Montreal, Vancouver, and Toronto Canada. As of 2012 she is based in Germany completing her Master’s Thesis in Improvisational States with MACoDE in Frankfurt. Please scroll down for recent updates.
March 12, 2013
Updates on life in Berlin!
I am currently collaborating with Silences duo Kata Kovacs and Tom O’Doherty. I was initiated into Silences in November when we performed Accompanied Walk at ESDIP in Berlin. You can view documentation on the Silences website here. I am excited to be a part of the next Silences installation in May, more info to come.
Tom, Kata and I have also been performing improvisations as part of the PORCH Extended series that happens every other month. You can get updates here.
I am also excited to be taking part in the Meeting Point. A monthly performative improvisation event that happens at Bethanian in the Meme Centrum Studios. The public is welcome. More info here.
As usual, I have many classes that are running around the city. You can find my most current teaching schedule under classes on on my Facebook page here.
August 18, 2012
So now onto more recent news…. I am currently on European soil pursuing professional development with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. They graciously agreed to fund my time here at Ponderosa, as part of their Porch intensive: 3 months of intensive workshops and creation at a dance retreat just outside of Berlin. Here’s the link: P.O.R.C.H
The end of the Performance module saw me creating the outdoor installation ‘caught nesting’. I built a giant nest and had quite a bit of fun playing with it. I will post more photos in the gallery.
The choreographic module will end September 8th and 9th with us presenting our new works in progress at Schwelle 7 in Berlin. More info to come!
August 18, 2012
Well, I’ve been a little tardy in updating. In the past few months this website became more of a way to advertise my classes then to promote and archive my work, but hopefully that will change. 2012 Started off with a bang, performing in Davis Freeman’s work ‘Too Shy To Stare’ at the COIL Festival in New York. Time out New York fit us into the top 5 dance events to see of the week and we had several nice reviews. Here are some of the links:
And… as luck would have it I met Jonathan Goldstein at a new year’s party and invited him to the show. Here’s his response:
February 12, 2012
ABOUT the CLASS
Pilates is an effective exercise form for anyone and this mat class will seek to teach the essentials of posture, ease in movement, and core stability. Small class size means an emphasis on individual attention. The class will progress from using imagery, and small precise movements, to whole body moves that require you to use everything you’ve got! With the beginner client Laura will introduce the foundations of pilates –focusing on finding more ease of movement in the shoulders and spine. With more advanced students, Laura will challenge your core and coordination. Working from the belief that a little bit every day goes a long way, classes will include basic anatomical information and education along with programs you can learn and do at home.
Twisted Yoga Studio (at the corner of Bloor and Borden 2 blocks east of Bathurst)
6 Week Session Begins February 22/25! Class size limited to 5 People.
Wednesday Feb 22nd – March 28th 7:45 – 8:45 AM
Saturday Feb 25th – March 31st 8:00 – 9:00 AM
For more information or to reserve your spot:
(647) 886 1561 PilateswithLauraHicks@gmail.com
2 classes/week for 6 weeks: $144 ($12 per class)
1 class/week: $90 ($15 per class)
Drop In (only if space permits): $18
December 4, 2011
‘The Active Passive Dance” What the heck does that mean? Come and find out. Laura is now teaching ‘West Coast Style Contact Improvisation’ classes Thursday mornings 10 – 12 at the Dovercourt House in Toronto. Three more classes to go! Dec 15th, 22nd and 29th. For more info see ‘classes’.
October 18, 2011
This Saturday, October 22nd Laura will be performing improvisation with Julie Lassonde and Nilan Perera as part of the Coexis Dance Series.
Come what may!
Saturday October 22, 2011, 8pm, $8, Array Studio (60 Atlantic Ave., Suite 218), Toronto (http://www.arraymusic.com/?page_id=7).
July 12, 2011
nosh and stammer was performed July 8th and 10th to very enthusiastic audiences! And… we got some press: Vancouver Courier Article
June 23, 2011
Nosh and stammer is nearing completion! This new 30 minute trio, with live sound composed on stage by Rachael Wadham will be premiered in Vancouver, July 8th and 10th 2011.
Catch a FREE preview! Monday June 27th, Heritage Playhouse Theatre, Gibsons BC. 4PM.
Having waited tables for over a decade first to support myself as a student, and later as an artist, I’m finally able to bring my discomfort and confusion about the antithetical world of fine dining and ‘service’ to the stage. A foray into live sound improvisation created by looping sound effects from a restaurant (wine glasses, pepper grinder, squeeky chair – you get the picture) with the occasional saw bowing, and dance that uses elements of physical theatre, text and improvisation, Nosh will be full of surprises.
Journey into the fine details and hard edges of waiting tables. Smiling through the chaos, Nosh explores the art of sincerity and the cravings of hunger while minding the proper placement of salt and pepper.
Creation and Direction by Laura Hicks
Choreography in collaboration with Anne Cooper and Caroline Farquhar
Live sound composition by Rachael Wadham.
Dancing on the Edge Festival, TWO DIFFERENT PROGRAMS
July 8th at 7 pm (Edge 1 with MOVE: the company, and James Gnam/Contingency Plan)
July 10th at 7 pm (Edge 2 with Tara Cheyenne Performance and Noam Gagnon/Meredith Kalaman)
The Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova St (at Gore), Vancouver BC
Hotline: 604 689 0926
Nosh and stammer gratefully aknowledges the support of: The Canada Council for the Arts, The Dance Centre, Dancing on the Edge, 45 West, The Sunshine Coast Dance Society, and the Kettle of Fish Restaurant.
May 1, 2011
New work under way:
Pearl A new solo exploring ideas of femininity premiered at Toronto’s Dance Matters in April. You can see a sneak peak under video. I will be looking for more presentation opportunities for the work over the next year.
Nosh and stammer A new trio featuring the beautiful dancers Caroline Farquhar and Anne Cooper along with live sound composition by Rachael Wadham will premiere at Dancing on the Edge, Vancouver’s Contemporary Dance Festival in July 2011. I’ll be in Vancouver in June!
The above photo is by Linsay Lauckner. A talented Toronto photographer, she was kind enough to lend it to me to project as a back drop for Pearl. You can find a link to her website below.
January 21, 2011
Laura is thrilled to be offering classes to the Toronto public. Rates are as follows:
Equipment Classes for the general public:
$45/ intro session and $55/ongoing private sessions
$25 / trio sessions (find two friends and get a deal!)
Equipment Classes for Dancers or the Creatively Underemployed:
Mat Classes are also offered at a rate of $10 – $15 sliding scale.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me for details. All classes are held in an easily accessible studio on the Danforth in the east end.
Privates on the equipment are also available at a studio in the Annex area, $50 per session.