Blade in the hand, Feather in the centre
Spherical Orientation and Contact Improvisation
2nd July, 11.00 - 17.00
Technical study that I call Spherical Orientation will serve as a warm-up and also as a practical reference for our Contact dancing through the day. These classes are a blend of Contact Improvisation’s approach to the body with the structure of a Contemporary Dance class. Mixing improvisational approaches with choreographed movement will articulate the soft athletics and multidirectional awareness of CI in solo movement. Forward, side and backward rolls, dives, knee slides, handstands, off axis patterns and floor surfing could be some words to describe the work.
In this workshop a particular emphasis will be placed on how we use the blade of the hand (the outside edge of the hand) to connect with the floor and direct our weight in order to create levity in our centre (the feather). Investigating and challenging our solo dancing will be our preparation for meeting others in Contact dances. Connecting deeply with others will lead us back to self awareness. Technical challenges and conceptual strategies will be offered to support you in learning something new.
Ultimately we will open space to fall, fly and release as we dance together with risk, humour and a vigorous physicality.
Siobhan Davies Studios
85 St Georges Road, SE1 6ER
Payments required in advance to:
London Contact Improvisation