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January 18, 2024 6:00–8:00 pm
ARK Dance Studio
Dance & Movement

Melancholy Pilates

Taught by Londs Reuter

About the Workshop

The title is intentionally cheeky but I mean it: what if you moved with feelings of sadness / not against it / not trying to transform it? Melancholy Pilates is a series of horizontal moves, performed on a yoga mat, to sad songs. We’ll begin and end with guided visualizations and breathing exercises. The bulk of class will be strengthening and lengthening exercises—that’s right! pilates!—while we focus on staying with our body and with sensation while in motion.

Wear clothes you feel comfortable moving in. No pilates experience necessary. Sadness at some point in your life is a prerequisite. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one. We will have a limited number of mats to borrow.

This is a community workshop open to all! Non-Duke users, please email anna.wallace@duke.edu to reserve your place.

About the Instructor

Londs Reuter is a dancer and choreographer recently relocated to Durham, North Carolina from Brooklyn, New York. In New York, Londs has performed in works by Ursula Eagly, Abigail Levine, Will Rawls, and Katy Pyle/the Ballez. From 2018-2019, she performed Simone Forti’s Dance Constructions at the Museum of Modern Art. Now in North Carolina, she has performed in works by Joanna Kotze, Studio C Projects, and Bill T. Jones. Londs holds an MA in Disability Studies, is the author of Private Inventory: One Way to be Accountable to Your Material, and is a co-editor of the Movement Research journal, Critical Correspondence.

About the Location

This workshop will meet in the ARK Dance Studio.

Address: 14 Epworth Dorm Lane, Durham, NC 27708

About Duke Arts Create

Duke Arts Create is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help all Duke students, including graduate and professional students (including Duke Health), as well as Duke faculty and staff develop a variety of creative skills in the visual arts, dance and movement, creative writing and more. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most workshops are held in the Duke Arts Annex, the Rubenstein Arts Center or the Duke Arts Office 2101 and are typically held weeknights from 6-8 p.m.

Registration for the following week’s workshops go live on Friday mornings at 9 a.m. – sign up in advance to guarantee your spot. Didn’t get a spot? No problem! We always reserve space for walk-ins. Email DukeCreate@duke.edu if you have any questions. Sign up for the monthly newsletter here, which includes the full list of classes offered during the following month.

Duke Arts Create is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (Duke Arts).