PLAY IN THE NOW & CONTACT IMPROVISATION
PLAY IN THE NOW
The workshop will invite the participants to explore the “here and now” through complex variety of the possibilities in the body, mind, time and space. Practices and forms will be guided inspired by somatic body studies, flying low and urban dance focusing on awareness, efficiency of the body, instinctual and analytical movement qualities, geometry and dynamics. By tasting improvisation and compositional tools (partnering and group exercises, choreographic games, scores) the workshop will attempt to find its form in an interactive playground to witness collective creativity.
Contact Improvisation is an evolving system of movement initiated in 1972 by American choreographer Steve Paxton. The improvised dance form is based on the communication between two moving bodies that are in physical contact and their combined relationship to the physical laws that govern their motion - gravity, momentum, inertia. The body, in order to open to these sensations, learns to release excess muscular tension and abandon a certain quality of willfulness to experience the natural flow of movement. Practice includes rolling, falling, being upside down, following a physical point of contact, supporting and giving weight to a partner.