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Let this be the first thing you do in 2022

Kinetic Playground is a brand new event aimed at bringing movement artists from different places and backgrounds together on one floor. There will be guest artists from around the globe sharing their unique flavors and experiences in a week of movement, community and play. 

About the Week

Kinetic Playground is a week-long movement research summit that will bring top movement educators from around the world to Boulder. Our facilitators span many backgrounds and experiences from all over the world. Kinetic Playground will present dialogue between many disciplines of movement including Acrobatics, Contemporary Dance, Breaking, Hand Balancing, Fighting Monkey, Floor Flow, Martial Arts, and more. These artists are changing the shape of the larger movement community by representing a shift in perspectives on movement training globally. Colonized thinking and form hierarchy have long plagued the movement community and each of these artists represents the curiosity and embodied research (especially popular in Europe) that is validating and expressing multiculturalism and respect for all forms and styles. By bringing all of these practitioners and their modalities here, we hope to celebrate the vibrant movement community in Colorado by exploring each of these modalities under one roof. 

The week will end with a free performance from our guest teachers and local practitioners.

 

*NOTE: proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID test (within 48 hours) will be required for all participants. 

Schedule overview:

Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm general schedule (each day will be slightly different) 

  • 9am: optional community wellness class
  • 10am: Morning Session
  • 12:30pm: Lunch Break
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm: Movement Pop Up
  • 2:30-5pm: Afternoon Session

Performance and open jam session: Friday, Jan 7th, 8:00pm.

Morning and Afternoon Session Schedule:

$500* for the week, includes:

  • Morning wellness classes
  • 40 hours of training over 5 days
  • 10 Unique 3 hour masterclasses

*See pricing for all sliding scale options

Meet the Instructors

Winston Reynolds

Winston Reynolds graduated from Circomedia, specializing in acrobatics & physical theatre (FDA, 2010-2012). He later went on to complete his Bachelor at ACAPA (Academy of Circus and Performance Art, Netherlands, 2012-2016). Within his research, he specialized in acrobatic dance, a hybrid mix containing elements from gymnastics, capoeira, breakdancing, and martial arts as well as undergoing several years of research around acrobatic contact partnering. Within his studies, he was guided by Alexander Vantournhout who helped to refine and develop his journey into his movement practice. Winston is a member of the Ferus Animi // Terra Nova Collective, a group of cross-disciplinary craftspersons researching in the fields of human physiology and performance, through both an artistic and scientific lens.

Marlo Fisken

Marlo has always been immersed in movement. She studied dance for 30 years and taught for 18 (not counting the many full-cast dance productions crafted in her childhood living room). She is a graduate of the Virginia Governor's School for the Arts (as a modern dance major), and has a degree in Anthropology and Public Relations from the University of Miami. Throughout her twenties, she lived in NYC and accumulated professional dance credits in movies, commercials, and TV. Simultaneously, she worked the fitness scene and seized every opportunity she could to learn about the human body.

She is probably most known as a pole dance innovator. She started experimenting with the pole 13 years ago--before there were mainstream competitions. Pole confirmed that she has a knack for circular movement and that she loves bringing lightheartedness and spark to activities people tend to take (very) seriously.

Kyle Fincham

Kyle Fincham studied theater at UCLA, where he could be found regularly in Vaudeville class. In 2005 he left college and moved to New York to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. After almost 10 years of chasing laughs he realized his passion for movement, and decided to leave the yucks behind to follow this new path. Kyle studied online with Ido Portal from 2015-2020, and attended Movement Camp from 2016-2019. He is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, currently receiving online education from Tom Weksler, and is deeply influenced by the Fighting Monkey Practice. Kyle independently researches different movement tools, approaches, and methodologies. He also travels the world attending movement workshops and seminars to continue his education and bring diverse perspectives to students.

Kim Amankwaa

Kim was born and raised in the vibrant and free-spirited city of Amsterdam. After years of studying at a musical and dance school as a child she decided to follow up with a professional education at the then called Jazz- Musical Dance Bachelor in Amsterdam. After two years, she decided to narrow the focus and continue her studies at the Modern Theatre Dance Department at the Amsterdam School of the Arts, from which she graduated in 2016. Ever since graduating she's been working with choreographers such as Emio Greco, Kris Verdonck, Arno Schuitemaker, Anne Teresa de Keersmaker, Alexander Vantournhout and Damien Jalet. Her personal practice is formed by her time on stage and is shaped by the teachings of Emio Greco, Liatt Waysbort, Martin Kilvady and the ongoing research with the Ferus Animi // Terra Nova collective of which she is member. As a freelancer she gets to enjoy the space to collaborate with artists, movement artists and movement practitioners.

Link Le Neil

Link le Neil dancer and choreographer aka Linky Larson composer. Artist involving through bboying, modern dance and other styles, searching for a style elsewhere. Developing a floorwork techniques and body textures. Co-fonder of the association Wynkl for experimental dance movement in Paris and Supreme Legacy crew. Fonder of Leneil Dance Company. Creater of the module conference Dance & Mental, sign to understand ans creation methods to move positively and consciousness through the mental in dance. Creator and owner the artist boat residence in paris The One Piece Vert Galant. Boat hosting a community project to help artist to grow in their career making a space for living, training and exchange. All in a ecological and responsible consciousness toward nature.

Pop-up Instructors

Wendy Kinal

Wendy (She/Her) delights in finding connections between people and connections between modalities/concepts: poetry and martial arts, rhythm and partner work, ritual and strength training, comedy and circus.
She is a clown (theatrical and healthcare settings), a musician, a mover-dancer, and currently holds a purple belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. Her other explorations have included Xin Yi Liu He Quan, capoeira, boxing, kickboxing, contact improv, parkour, rock climbing, aerial arts and more. As a flying trapeze instructor/catcher in a recreational setting for a number of years, she learned to move through her fear of free fall (which she still has).
Wendy created a Master of Arts Degree at Lesley University whose official title was MA in Play: Clowning, Ritual, and Transformation. Her performance thesis was a collaboration with other artists that looked at the rituals across the lifespan through the eyes of a clown. Stay tuned for her burgeoning work combining play, movement, vocal work and empowerment-based practical self-defense.

Grilo Preto

Grilo, an experienced movement practice teacher, leads methodically and intuitively to help others discover and develop a sense of mastery in the way they move through life. Grilo began his movement practice over 20 years ago with an obsession and absolute love of Capoeira. He is currently recognized with the title and level of Contramestre by world-renowned Mestre Acordeon and the United Capoeira Association. In Capoeira Grilo exposes students to the rich art form, which provides an invaluable context that those who only focus on the movements never have the opportunity to obtain. He leads a group locally in Denver CO and has practitioners that train with him from across the globe through his YouTube channel. Grilo first encountered the work of Ido Portal while living in Brazil, training and teaching capoeira. He was inspired to deepen his knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and exercise science with an emphasis on corrective exercise. This eventually led to Grilo becoming an online student of Ido Portal, attending workshops, and opening Movement Ritual Studio in Denver. Grilo continued his training at (then) Boulder Movement Collective (now Ape Co Movement School) and was invited by Zack and Matt to join the lead teacher team as we expanded to Denver. Grilo has a passionate dedication to the growth and development of those that practice with him. He is continually moved and inspired by their work. Because of this Grilo has been invited to lead countless experiences in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and throughout the United States to all age ranges and abilities over the last 13 years.

Pricing options

Because we want this to be a radically inclusive event, we have broken pricing into sliding scale options to meet you where you are. 

Tier #1: $350 ($300 early-bird*)

 

You should choose Tier 1 if your life looks something like this:

Maybe you live in an apartment, are living paycheck to paycheck, and use public transit/bike/or share a vehicle…

Tier #2: $450 ($400 early-bird*)

You should choose Tier 2 if your life looks something like this:

 

You don’t own your own home and still rent, work in public education/the arts/or are an independent contractor…

Tier #3: $550 ($500 early-bird*)

You should choose Tier 3 if your life looks something like this:

You have some stability, you’re generally doing pretty well, you have steady income and your transit is on lock down…

Tier #4: $650 ($600 early-bird*)

 

You should choose Tier 4 if your life looks something like this:

You own your home, you’ve got ample savings, you are generally rocking it at life. You are in a space where you can afford to be generous…

*Early-bird pricing ends Dec 3!

Questions about accommodation, group pricing scholarships?

This project was made possible in part by funding from the Boulder Arts Commission and Boulder Arts in Community Foundation.