Contact Improvisation – from ground to flying
Contact Improvisation is an improvised dance form which originated in 1972 in a performance by and with Steve Paxton. CI plays with the art of getting off balance and finding ways to deal with it. Like Nancy Stark Smith said:
“It is the disturbance of balance which creates movement”.
This weekly class is about playfully researching the principles and techniques of CI. We will get in touch with the space, the ground and other people present on the dance floor through learning to give weight and surrender, negociating directions and investigating the roles of leaders and followers. The point of contact between our surface and the one of others will actually decide our shared movement journeys, from the floor to higher levels.
Establishing a common vocabulary will support the gradual exploration of lifting and flying effortlessly. Momentum will be our guide, gravity our teacher.