This intensive will offer plenty of opportunities to learn new movement techniques and CI skills in order to integrate them into the improvised dance.
CI is a great tool to improve your movement technique as well as to get a profound knowledge of your body through sensing the physics of the dance. Diving deep into a CI dance can be real fun and very nourishing for your soul too - but you can also get easily overwhelmed by all the impressions from the outside and from within your own body. In order to take full profit of this wonderful dance practice you must first of all connect with yourself, your centre and with your whole body through sensing and moving. Being centred will help you to use the floor, the space and even your dance partner to improve this connection from moment to moment. Adding a great sense for communication, gravity and momentum is a skilled way to not only meet your dance partner in a random way but to share much more than physics and to shape the dance along your own preferences. It’s about maintaining the aspect of your solo within the duet, it’s about finding the balance between surrender and actively navigating your dance. Last but not least every dance happens in time and space. Bringing value to this fact and getting playful with it will add inherent compositional aspects to your dance that is not only very helpful to keep building a creative jam space but also to bring CI towards a performative art work.
Adrian Russi is a CI-teacher, performer and Craniosacral Therapist living in Switzerland and travelling all over Europe to teach and perform Contact and Free Improvisation. After his studies of New Dance at “bewegungs-art” in Freiburg/Germany he continued his education with many different teachers, among them Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith and Nita Little. In his teaching he focuses on the technical aspects of movement as well as on matters of perception and on a creativity coming from a distinct body-awareness. For him the pleasure to play and a deep commitment are the basis for gaining the most possible in dancing CI. Besides this his teaching is nourished by his studies of different kinds of martial arts and Craniosacral Bodywork as well as of his own research work (amongst other things in the field of fascia).
As a performer he works with many different international artists and his performances are primarily based on Free Improvisation incorporating Contact Improvisation, dance, dance-theatre, voice and live music.
In this master class Contemporary Dance technique and Contact Improvisation are going to mutually intertwine, and exchange energy like partners in a duet dance.
The focus and the release specific to Contemporary Dance will help us better understand our body, enter with relaxation and smile in Contact, strengthen our body and freely direct our internal flow. All this, surely, will give us more courage and trust in our body while engaging in Contact dance. At the same time, pair interactions, and the overall movement investigation specific to Contemporary Dance, will become more productive and profound: movement control, external points of attention, support, direction, weight, mutually sensing partner's center.
We will include elements and principles that we use in our personal work as dance partners:
And, not to forget, along all this intense work together... dancing, noticing, and dancing again :) we are going to spice up our learning process with tasty humor and play ;)
"Contact Improvisation" dance - a wonderful opportunity to have a physical dialogue with a partner, with the space, with yourself.
CI includes the "physicality" of our body manifestation, and the "chemistry" of our state of mind, emotions, memory, mood, breath, personal rhythm, speed... Step by step, addressing first the physical laws, then building up towards basic principles of CI, we are going to discover how touch, attention to breathing and awakened emotions of our body, are going to enrich and expand our physical dialog. We are going to observe how, by using simple stuff and accessible directions, our dance will unfold in its greatest bodily and emotional manifestation.
We are inviting you to play, dancing, and playing, dance!
Alexandra and Serghey started their collaboration in 1997, in a modern dance group "Voices", under the direction of Angela Doniy. They became a duet 2000. Since then they dance, improvise, teach, and choreograph together. They take part in international projects performing and teaching. Together they organize international projects and festivals in Moldova.
They organized 6 international festivals: "Impulse to grow" in 2000, "Traditions and modernity" in 2001, "Phenomenon of relations" and "Gender and cultural Identity in dance" in April and September 2003, 5th international festival "Interaction" in 2006, "Children and adults, points of intersection" in 2009. They are guiding weekly jams of Contact Improvisation, and a continuous series of master classes and events of contemporary dance choreography In Moldova.
They are also the leaders of contemporary and folk dance school "Fantezia" in Chisinau, choreographers and dancers of contemporary dance and performance group "Voices".
Teaching geography: Moldova, Ukraine, Belorussia, Bulgaria, Israel, Estonia, Russia, Latvia, Italy, France.
In this workshop we will spend our time and invest our bodies in the principles, skills, and physical explorations proposed by contact improvisation. We will also be asking questions about performance making and study what happens when we dance CI not only with others (our partners, but at the same time for others (an audience). So we will watch each other performing CI or performing dance informed by CI. By doing that, we deepen our understanding of what we look for and look at when we watch dance. We also learn about what changes in us when being watched. What changes in the body, in the concentration, in our compositional minds? Or how does our dancing for others change when CI and qualities of touch inform it? We will play with performance tasks and scores and how they clarify, satisfy, or challenge our performance interests.
This workshop is designed for people who want to develop their contact dancing as well as their appetite for performance making. You don’t need to be an expert of either CI, instant composition, or performing, but you should have enough movement experience to be able to engage with sensitivity, playfulness, seriousness, and foolishness into trying to dance with and for each other.
Susanne Martin is a Berlin based choreographer, performer, researcher, and teacher in the field of contemporary dance and theatre. She presents her work internationally in solo performances and collaborative stage works. Her artistic practice and research focuses on improvisation, contact improvisation, narrations of the aging body, humour and irony in dance, and performance as research. Her book Dancing Age(ing): Rethinking Age(ing) In and Through Improvisation Practice and Performance will be published by transcript in January 2017.
She studied at Rotterdam Dance Academy, Folkwang University Essen, Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin, and Middlesex University London, which earned her a BA, MA, and a PhD. She keeps studying with her colleagues, friends, students... and plans to continue and continue and continue...
Selection of recent performance works:
The intensive will be about improvising in contact. The contact will include direct physical touch but also contact of other sorts:
The workshop will use some of the core ideas from my practice, which I usually refer to as "Poetic Movement". This practice involves bringing attention to, among many other things:
We will touch on all these elements to various degrees during the workshop.
The intention is to connect the inquiry into how to do things to questions of why we do them. To understand better what we watch for when we try to make sense of movement. To become better at understanding the movement of our dancing partners and, through better embodied understanding, to become an enriched improviser.
The course will be of interest to actors, acrobats, dancers and musicians as well as to people with a background in Contact Improvisation. It is also open to complete beginners.
"At the centre of the work is my experience of how disciplined attention and research can lead us to a great depth of complexity and mystery. The point is not so much to explain things as to appreciate them more deeply."Steve Batts has been dancing and teaching Contact Improvisation and related practices for around 35 years. He creates work, performs and teaches internationally as well as being artistic director of Echo Echo Dance Theatre in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
You would like to take part, but you don't have the time?
Can you remember how much you would have liked to take part in such an event when you were still a student and had more time to explore, but, at the time, you were broke?
We have been thinking about this and decided to connect those who could afford the fee for the entire festival, but can only a afford to be there for some of the classes, with those who can only afford a few classes, but would have time for the entire event.
So, if you would like to take part in the entire event, but don't have the time, you can offer the full-blown experience to a young dancer.
Are you a student who would like to take part but cannot afford to pay full fee?
Write to us about your motivation to take part and we will look for someone who is willing to support you and can sponsor your participation fee.