One of the best compliments a contact dancer can receive is – “you are light as a feather”, another good indication to one technique is how we land on the floor, both these partners (the human one and the floor beneath our feet) teaches us how to refine our movement and dance.
In this intensive workshop we will practice and investigate in the first two days how to be light as a feather and to land quietly on the floor like a cat, we will learn to use our entire body – muscles, bones and joints in order to achieve this not so easy task.
By understanding different pathways in space and inside the body one can learn to refine his/her movement capabilities. Seeing spirals pathways as a way up to the air and down to the ground, realizing that one can influence the “heaviness” quality of his/her body and change it in order to be grounded or to be lifted.
In the second part we will refine our point of focus to our intention and attention in the dance, enabling us to lose our unnecessary tension and to make extension into space and partner much easier.
And in the last day we will integrate all of the material to one body of knowledge.
This workshop is intended for all levels practitioners of Contact Improvisation from beginners to very experienced practitioners.
Places are limited and registration is required –
To register send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Schedule Tuesday 12.8 till Friday 15.8 – (10:30 till 17:00 with a break of 1.5 hours).
Saturday 16.8 (11:00-15:00 ending workshop into an open jam)
Payment – 135 Euro – full waged. (Early bird – before 12.7 – 115 Euro)
110 Euro – Students, low waged, people who arrive from abroad. (Early bird before 12.7 – 100 Euro)
The price includes – workshops, jam, tea and refreshments. (it does not include meals and lodging)
Place – Studio vrednburgh – Vredenburgersteeg 31-35, Amsterdam.
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Tension – How does our body move? what mechanism and physical forces drive our muscles? and how can we play with the tonus of our body? what intention do we give to our muscles and movement and how does it change it.
Intention – Our will to move, direction chosen, speed decided. Our intention is the driving force for movement manifestation in the body, yet how much of it are we aware of at any specific time and how much is “just” a reflex, or a pattern that the body has acquired over the years without giving it the proper attention.
Attention – Finding the gap between Intention to Tension, the moment where our will become physical body movement. By adding awareness to our will we can create attentive movement that is not merely a reflex to an outside signal. Our attention can go inside the body, to our partner and even far into the extended surroundings.
Extension – Spreading the limbs to the far ends of the Kinesphere, and our movement to the far end of space. Extension is one of the most used qualities in Contact Improvisation, we use it when we reach high over our partner, or when we reach down towards the ground. Despite the strong physical movement to the far edges of our body’s kinesphere, when a “full and true” extension is being made we try to stay with the minimum amount of tension in our body as possible.
Learning how to do that requires all of our attention and intention.