Illustration by Dylan Meconis

CAN'T TELL an Alvin Ailey from a Pilobolus? You're not alone. The bravest patrons of noise rock or installation art can be reduced to nervous fidgeting at the prospect of trying to "understand" a dance performance.

PICA's organizers recognize this silly double standard. We dance-ignorant masses don't need piles of education to "get" the show; we just want some extra engagement to help us enjoy it. 

The Field Guide sessions, a new addition for TBA's dance-heavy 2013 performance program, are designed to provide exactly that. These affordable workshops provide audience members of all levels with a chance to fully explore a featured dance performance. 

A skimpy $10 upgrade to your ticket will score you access to a pre-show workshop combining faculty talks, guided discussion, and exploratory movement (no dance experience required!), and a spot at a post-show conversation, all hosted by dance community luminaries. 

Congratulations—you're an expert!

FIELD GUIDE PROGRAMS

All Field Guide classes start at least 90 minutes before the show, so tickets need to be purchased in advance.

Trajal Harrell, Judson Church Is Ringing in Harlem (Made-to-Measure)/Twenty Looks or Paris Is Burning at the Judson Church (M2M)

With guest faculty FRONT

Meet at Con-Way, Sat Sept 14, 7 pm

Laura Arrington and Jesse Hewit, ADULT

With guest faculty Zoe Scofield

Meet at CoHo Theater, Tues Sept 17, 6:30 pm

Bouchra Ouizguen, Ha!

With guest faculty Emily Roysdon

Meet at Studio 2, Wed Sept 18, 7 pm

(Limited to 20, comes with post-show drinks/food!)

Bouchra Ouizguen, Ha!

With guest faculty Keith Hennessy

Meet at Studio 2, Fri Sept 20, 7 pm

(Limited to 20, comes with post-show drinks/food!)

Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People, And lose the name of action

With guest faculty Tonya Lockyer

Meet at Hampton Opera Center, Sat Sept 21, 5 pm