Languages of Sensation
Somatic approaches to contact improvisation
We will move between exercises aiming to clarify the sensations which lie at the heart of CI and exploring improvisational structures that uncover different types of CI vocabulary.
The idea of this approach is to minimise the teaching of set material (moves, tricks, etc) and instead to maximise the opportunities of participants to discover material for themselves through their own research and exploration.
Very simply, I set up calm and simple experiments in which we can experience a range of sensations without any demand to move very much. And then we dance a lot.
Often there are unusual rules for the dances. Sometimes there are none and you can improvise freely. While the course aims to support the development of our CI movement vocabulary, it does so through enriching the sensory skills that enable us to improvise with each other. In this way it serves as both a solid introduction to the practice of CI for beginners, while simultaneously challenging experienced contact dancers to abandon habitual pathways and truly improvise from the present moment.
When and where
Dates: 31st May to 4th June 2023
Place: Ecovillage and Ecocamping
Via Francesco Petrarca, 45, 33050