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by KRISTIN HORRIGAN (Vermont, USA)
Cultivating Perception, Curiosity and Playfulness as a Resource for Dance Improvisation
At its heart contact improvisation is about exploring the moment. Staying present in the dance requires constant curiosity about what each new moment allows. This workshop proposes to investigate the process of getting interested, deeply interested, in every moment, opening our perception to the myriad details that provide inspiration for improvisation.
Building on this lust for detail, how can we, in the instant of moving and perceiving, follow our interests into the unknown? What physical skills do we need to support and survive the dance that results? And can we then expand our awareness to cultivate interest in the way our dance unfolds over time and space?
In our time together, we will invite a range of energetic states that reveal different aspects of our dancing. What can we discover by slowing down to focus on subtle sensation or speeding up to invite adrenaline and play? What if we add in a focus on rhythms? How can limitations open up new worlds of possibility for us to explore? What if we pare down our technique to its basic elements? Two bodies in contact – what is possible?
Kristin Horrigan, a contact improviser since 1998, has taught and performed contact improvisation at festivals and universities in the USA, Germany, Japan, and Argentina. Kristin works as a Professor of Dance at Marlboro College in Vermont, USA, teaching contemporary dance technique, choreography, improvisation, contact improvisation and dance theory. She has also directed an intergenerational performance company. Kristin studied with a wide range of teachers, including Nancy Stark Smith, Martin Keogh, Chris Aiken, Andrew Harwood, Karen Nelson, K.J. Holmes, Ray Chung, Jess Curtis, Keith Hennessy, and Martin Hughes.
Kristin teaches in English. Translation to German is possible. A workshop for experienced dancers.
135€ (120€ on registration before 1 September 2014)
in the Shenandoah Valley, not far from Washington, DC
The East Coast Jam is a glorious four-day contact improvisation jam, held each fall and spring at Claymont Court, Charles Town, West Virginia. We dance in an octagonal barn and live in a grand old mansion, linked by a walk through gardens and fields and forests. All meals (succulently prepared by Claymont staff) are included.
From the time registration opens until September 27, register for the fall jam at the base price. The price goes up on September 28, so don’t delay!
Visit eastcoastjam.com for details and online registration. Only a $50 deposit (not refundable after Sept. 27) is required at the time of registration, by PayPal or a cheque in the mail.
The East Coast Jam is a collaboration – much like a dance. Warmups, workshops, performances, and other structures are initiated and led by us, the jammers. When we’re not dancing, there’s conversation, music, exploring field and forest, poetry, chocolate, theater, walks, games…
As ever, spread the word by inviting the people you’d like to dance with, and forwarding this message to interested communities. We want to continue to grow and deepen this lovely gathering.
In anticipation of dancing in a few weeks, we hope you’ll be with us!
Prices to be announced
Full details at eastcoastjam.com
Join us at Houston Station every Friday morning October 24-Friday, November 14 from 9:30 – 11:00 am to explore Contact Improvisation skills in a lab setting. We will finish the class with a mini jam so we can practice what we learned. Classes taught by Erin Law, hosted by New Dialect. 434 Houston Street, Nashville, TN.
$12 to drop in, class cards are available too!
This is a gentle and nourishing class, which promotes core strength naturally & effortlessly. Incorporating elements of Body Mind Centring & Skinner Releasing Technique to help us to deepen all the way down to our bones & untap limitless reserves of energy that reside there.
For all lovers of contact improvisation, dance and Skinner Releasing Technique – for beginners of all levels starting next wednesday with Joy Lake at SOUL – centre of the body and mind.
Wednesday 7.30 – 9pm (Starts 29 October 2014)
Gently guided soft and easy movement medicine
Encouraging fluidity and freedom
Strength and support
Nourishing ourselves and each other
Giving and receiving weight
We move in the way our bodies want to – in the moment – in contact with ourselves, the floor and other’s bones.
We learn to centre, to become more fluid & to connect with others in safe & playful ways.
We give & receive great bodywork! We enjoy ourselves!
Joy Lake is an experienced teacher of dance, movement & physical theatre skills (25 years). She worked professionally in the world of physical theatre & dance in the UK, Europe & the USA for over 20 years.
She trained with Phillipe Gaullier & Pierre Byland from the Le Coq School in Paris, Su Prapto & Gabrielle Roth, amongst others. Joy is also a facilitator of the Birth Into Being method & has her own Healing Practice in Bethells Beach, West Auckland.
Please pre-register by emailing email@example.com or calling 09 817 3051.
Cost is $136 for 8 classes, $70 for 4 classes or $20 for one class.