Conservatory Choreographic Collective
The Conservatory Choreographic Collective offers intermediate, senior and adult students ages 13 and above the opportunity to develop their skills as emergent dance artists and choreographers in a mentored workshop setting. This class is offered free of charge to any registered Conservatory student in good standing in Level IV classes and above, as an opportunity to foster and expand their technical skills and artistic voices without the burden of a financial barrier to training. Students in the Collective will collaborate to create and perform original choreography for public performance (such as The Juvenis Festival, Pride, Culture Days, etc.), as well learn iconic works from legendary contemporary dancer Peggy Baker's Choreographic Trust.
The Conservatory Choreographic Collective reflects our commitment to sponsoring the excellence, enrichment and engagement of our community's next generation of dance artists and creators; we are proud to be the first to offer this type of program in our region.
In 2019, dance artists in the Conservatory Choreographic Collective were chosen by the Juvenis Youth Arts Festival to create and present Transmogrification, an original, multi-disciplinary hour-length performance work of dance, poetry, music, visual art and videography that they independently conceived, curated, directed and presented in a 5-performance run at the Box Theatre. Based on the concept of the noun - the change, great alteration, or otherwise transformation, of an entity, including in a surprising, magical, grotesque, humorous or unpredicted manner - the cast chose the title Transmogrification, as they believe the definition of the word is an accurate description of life’s journey, and art’s creative process.
Transmogrification tells the non-fictional, transformative stories of its teenage cast over the course of a year. In creating the work, the Choreographic Collective aimed to create an authentic creative outlet for artists who may not have one because of their young age, as they provided participants complete artistic control over how their stories were shared and portrayed. The creation of Transmogrification involved the work over 60 youth dance, visual art, literary, musical and spoken word artists in the Kingston community.
Conservatory dancers were excited to share a little piece of themselves with their community, and offered the following beautiful and deeply moving dedication for their performances:
To art lovers, self-assured beings, curious minds, individuals who laugh when the time does not call for it, shower criers, strong women, solo dance partners, creative youth, and those in the midst of transforming, this series is dedicated to you.
In 2020 the members of the Choreographic Collective actively demonstrated how the beauty of the arts lies in the strength of humanity to persist, adapt, bear witness and share even in the most challenging of times. In the midst of a pandemic and mandated quarantine, Collective dancers workshopped with Resident Guest Artist Sylvia Berman to create “Outside of the Room.” Filmed using social distancing at Battery Park, and set to Michael Galasso’s “Quarantine,” this piece evolved out of improvisational work, and is a testament to resiliency, creativity and the endurance of dance. We hope that it inspires you as much as it moves and inspires us!