National choreographic center
School of contemporary dance

Workshops Robert Swinston
from 2 to 12 avril 2013 in Angers

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Two weeks of workshops in Angers

The National Center of Contemporary Dance - Angers organizes, for professional dancers, two weeks of workshops under the direction of Robert Swinston.
  • Tuesday 2  to Saturday 6 April - Bodinier Studios - Angers
    • each day
      • 10:30 to 12:30 : Technical Course
      • 2:00 pm -to 5:00 pm : working Merce Cunningham's repertoire
    • Saturday, April 6
      • 5:30 pm  : Open  studio
  • Monday 8 to Friday  12 April - Bodinier Studios - Angers
    • each day
      • 10:30 to 12:30 : Technical Course
      • 2:00 pm -to 5:00 pm : working Merce Cunningham's repertoire
    • Frinday, April 12
      • 7:00 pm  : Open  studio
Workshops participants may choose to attend one or more sessions but also decide to participate in both.

The workshops will be led by Robert Swinston, CNDC Angers Director and Melissa Toogood,   Merce Cunningham Dance Company's dancer from 2005 till 2011.


Robert Swinston

Robert Swinston multiplies artistic experiences between creation, adaptation, reconstruction, transmission, and collaboration with other authors, always eager to open new artistic perspectives and engage in innovative adventures in the field of choreography.

n 2012, Robert Swinston created 4 Walls / Doubletoss Interludes given first presentation to Barishnikov Arts Center in New York.

That same year, Robert
Swinston and Vicky Shick collaborate to create So be it, duet presented at White Box (New York). The duet has since been adopted as part of the creation of Vicky Shick which first took place at Mama Moves Dance Festival in May 2012.

Robert Swinston also has to its credit the creation of a large number of Events in the world in the image of him that Mikael Barishnikov choreography for the Red Cat in Los Angeles in 2010 or those designed at the Reina Sophia Museum Madrid, the Museum of Art New York, Museum Event of Jerusalem, Belles Artes in Mexico City, Charleroi, Rome, Monaco, etc..

As an author, he staged adaptations and creates many works of Merce Cunningham for large international companies such as the Boston Ballet, White Oak Dance Project, Rambert Dance Company, the New York City Ballet and Paris Opera. Since 1998, Robert Swinston rebuilt various works of Merce Cunningham, Suite for Five (1956-1958), Summerspace (1958), How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run (1965), RainForest (1968), CRWDSPCR (1993) and Ocean (1994). In 2003, Robert Swinston receives the New York Dance and Performance Award for reconstruction and adaptation of How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run.

Robert Swinston was director of choreography of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 2010 to 2011 and the Merce Cunningham Trust - vested in the directory, pedagogy and educational programs - in 2012.

Throughout his career, Robert Swinston has taught worldwide. The artist has extensive teaching experience including Merce Cunningham Studio & Dance Company, The Juilliard School, Montclair State College, Purchase College, at the University of California at Berkeley, the Rambert Dance Company, at the London Contemporary Dance School, the CNSMD Paris and Lyon and the National School of Dance in Cannes.

Robert Swinston acquired his early training as a dancer in the company of Martha Graham (1972).  He will then interpret for José Limón Dance Company (1978-1980), the Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theatre (1972-1982) before joining the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 1980. In 1992 he became assistant to the choreographer he continues to interpret the works.

Robert Swinston was born in Pittsburgh, PA. He was educated at Middlebury College and the Juilliard School, where he obtained an honors degree in dance.

Melissa Toogood

Melissa Toogood joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 2005. Faculty member at the Merce Cunningham Studio since 2007, she teaches workshops directory, attends the studio of Robert Swinston Cunningham New York and provides master classes during the company tour.

Melissa works with Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener Company and Pam Tanowitz Company.

She is a founding member of Miro Dance Theatre. She is also a graduate of New World School of the Arts, Miami.

Condition of admission and registration


The number of participants is limited to 20 per session.

Applicants must be aged 18 years and over, they fill the online registration form and will address by mail or email the required documents : curriculum vitae, photo, letter stating the reasons which determine the candidate want to register to participate in workshops and multimedia documents likely to facilitate the selection (no items will be returned).

All documents must be received before March 11, 2013.

The selection will be made and results transmitted by mail to applicants no later than March 18, 2013.

Workshops are free of charge. A course certificate will be awarded to participants at the end of sessions.

Candidates may be known either individually or through the Company or structure to which they are attached.

The workshops take place in Angers, in the studios of CNDC - 28 rue Bodinier.

For further information, thank you contact:
Gildas Esnault : gildas.esnault@cndc.fr / Anne-Marie Page : annemarie.page@cndc.fr

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Centre national de danse contemporaine Angers
Direction Robert Swinston
Centre chorégraphique national
Ecole supérieure de danse contemporaine

Crédits photos : Thierry Bonnet/Ville d'Angers, Mark Mann, DR

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