Community /// PERFORMANCE CLASSES: Ali Robson + Tom Stroud

COMPANY LINK: Alternative Classes


COMPANY LINK is an organization dedicated to the Experimental Theatre and Dance artist living and working in Winnipeg. Through training, presentation, and forums we support the development of work that is driven by artistic vision and resists definition within traditional categories.


COMPANY LINK will be offering two Alternative Classes every Sunday from March 1st – April 26th, 2015.


CLASS #1 – Contact Improvisation with Ali Robson

11:30am-1:30pm ($90 for 9 Weeks)

Contact Improvisation is a partner dance form based on the physical principles of touch, momentum, shared weight, and most quintessentially – following a shared point of contact.    Through an honoring of every moment one learns to recognize and differentiate subtle impulses in our movement choices and our partner’s choices. We begin to decipher the cues that we give and receive which tell us when to lead or follow, when to go up, when to go down, where to touch, how to lift, when to slow down, and when to be still. In this form one learns to stay in integrity with each choice, never forcing, never rushing. 

Who Should Take The Class? Actors, dancers, and/or anyone interested in expanding physical range and skill. All levels are welcome.


CLASS #2 – Crossing the Boundaries: Image Based Improvisation with Tom Stroud

2:00pm-4:00pm ($90 for 9 Weeks)

Today performers are expected to participate in the creation of work that crosses the boundaries of theatre and dance. Yet the performers may not have the necessary training to contribute to their full potential. Through understanding the principles of performance, the development of shared language, vocal and physical exercise and improvised scores participants in this class will explore the potential of the intuitive impulse within spontaneous collective creation.   

A special discount is available for those  who have experience working with Tom in the past. 

Please contact Brittany for details.

Who Should Take This Class? Actors and dancers, performers who have completed their basic training and are interested in interdisciplinary creation, devised theatre, and/or expanding their expressive range.


PACKAGE DEAL (Contact Improv & Improvisation): $150

Classes will be held at The University of Winnipeg’s Asper Centre for Theatre & Film, studio 2T15.      




Please contact Brittany at

by no later than FEBURARY 8th, 2015.




Known for his emotionally charged choreography, Tom has been making work that combines elements of Theatre and Dance for over 30 years.  His background includes intensive studies in Acting, Dance, Voice, and Music Composition.  He has  performed and choreographed for major companies and festivals across Canada. In 1991 he was appointed as the Artistic Director of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, a position he held for fourteen years.   Tom is currently the Artistic Director of Company Link Inc., and an Associate Professor at the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg where he teaches movement and performance.   This past September Tom presented the first draft of an interdisciplinary adaptation of Jean-Paul Satre’s  No Exit  at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film . He  is planning on presenting the final version in the spring of 2016.



Ali Robson is a dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Winnipeg.  In 2004 she began studying and performing contact improvisation with Peter Bingham of EDAM in Vancouver and since then her training has greatly informed her work in dance and theatre. She has had the opportunity to work with many artists from across Canada including Karen Kuzak, Tom Stroud, Serge Bennathan, Natasha Torres-Garner, Treasure Waddell, Delia Brett, and Ming Hon. Ali works to find ways that bodies can move efficiently, expressively and uniquely on one’s own, with partners and in and out of the floor. She has taught contact improvisation to students at the University of Winnipeg, to the public through community classes and to the professional dance communities in Winnipeg, Vancouver, Calgary and Regina.



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