MB / Workshop Tutor
Geoff Gilson dances, choreographs, makes short films, and studies permaculture and organic gardening. After several years of study, gaining a B.A. in American Studies from Canterbury University (1996 – 1998), he went to Unitec in 1999 to study contemporary dance and a few years later gained a B.P.S.A in Contemporary Dance (1999 –2001) and a Diploma in Digital Filmmaking from 'The Southern Institute of Technology' in Invercargill (end Nov2009).
Geoff has been fortunate enough to work with many great choreographers such as:
Michael Parmenter, Janis Claxton, Sean Curham, Malia Johnston, Guy Ryan, Alexa Wilson, Katie Burton, Anna Bate and Josh Rutter.
He also works with theatre and film directors such as Stephen Bain (Winning Productions), Campbell Farquhar, Eve Gordon and James Solomon. In recent years he has been overseas much of the time with Vospertron multimedia performance company.
I have been teaching muscle and bone and have been focusing on coordination exercises where the body is forced into a situation where it has competing demands to deal with. I also focus on a lot of strength work by teaching a lot of inversions such as handstands and backbends etc. Recently I have been adding some partner work into the also - allowing participants to counterbalance with a partner, as well as using our partner as an additional weight to building lifting strength in the body.