Countertechnique with Kelsey Paschich
Kelsey Paschich is a dancer, choreographer, educator, interdisciplinary artist and an Assistant Professor of Dance at Western Michigan University. She views dance as a language that can be shared across many mediums and generations. Her work often utilizes multi-media elements inspired by surrealism as the theoretical and conceptual framework. Paschich holds an MFA in Dance from the University of New Mexico and was the recipient of the National Dizzy Feet Foundation Gene Kelly Legacy Scholarship in 2016. She holds a BFA (Cum Laude) from Point Park University. Paschich received her Countertechnique® Teacher Certification in Melbourne, Australia, with founder Anouk van Dijk, in 2016.
Paschich has performed extensively with: The Moscow State Classical Ballet, DCDC2, Thodos Dance Chicago, River North Chicago Dance Company , the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Interdansa Dance Festival 2010, Keshet Dance Company, ARCOS Dance, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Lawine Torrèn (Dance Theatre Machines Media) in the Hannibal Project in Sölden, Austria. She has performed the repertory of choreographers: Robert Battle, José Limón, Ann Reinking, Lucas Crandall, Lar Lubavitch, Tamir Ginz, Margo Sappington, Johan Renvall, Kevin O’ Day, Alan Heinline, Joanie Smith, Frank Chavez, Melissa Thodos, Zac Whittenburg, Curtis Uhlemann, Robert Moses, Gail Gilbert, Donna Jewell, Erika Pujic, Lawine Torrèn, Tomaz Simatovic, and others. Paschich continues to choreograph and perform independently.
Paschich uses movement as a language that makes transparent the space between dream and reality with spontaneity, juxtaposition, and the element of surprise and challenges the preconceived understanding of real versus surreal. Aside from her choreography for live performance, she experiments with filming, editing, dance for film, and choreographic installations. She is a Co-Founder & Co-Director of SHIFT | DANCE. In 2017, she created several dance films in collaboration with University of New Mexico, Assistant Professor of Dance, Amanda Hamp, for the northern sky, a westward facing window, a performance/installation at the CFA Downtown Studio. In 2016, Paschich created a documentary film on the making of the large scale, site specific dance performance of Golden Migration at the Valle de Oro Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. This project was choreographed by lisa nevada and a was part of the 516 Arts Decade celebration. Paschich is passionate about education for the next generation of artists and facilitating professional, artistic opportunities for the community.
Countertechnique provides tools for body and mind to deal with the demanding dance practice of the 21st century. It is a movement system to help the dancer think about the dancing body, focusing on the process of incorporating information into action. Within a clear structure of exercises, the Countertechnique class thoroughly prepares the body for rehearsal and performance, enabling dancers to move bigger, more fluidly and more spatially, while becoming stronger and more flexible.
Countertechnique was developed by Anouk van Dijk throughout her twenty-five year career as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. Over the last fifteen years, the knowledge and experience she gained – in constant dialogue with her dancers – was gradually transformed into a detailed theoretical system and a teaching method, which now together form the Countertechnique system.