Within this two day workshop we will build on foundations from which participants can begin feeling comfortable navigating partnerships in the context of contact improvisation. We will begin with connection to our primary dance partner – ourselves. From a place of internal listening we will journey into touch with other bodies, delving into the interplay between internal and external awareness, called “telescoping awareness”.
A foundational element to coming into contact is that of listening through our tactile sense. We will be exploring how to utilize our bodies and movements as tools for listening and expressing while relating to other bodies. The aim is to offer participants methods to communicate boundaries and offer invitations through a somatic channel.
Besides harnessing the powers of nonverbal communication we will also go deep into some foundational elements of weight sharing. Some such elements will be: finding and grounding into our own center, moving from the center, connecting to other’s centers, exploring structures and how weight transfers through structures, supporting weight sharing through connection to the floor, the pouring in and pouring out of weight, and more.
We hope that by combining exercises involving communicating with the body and exercises exploring weight sharing, that participants feel safe and empowered in their ability to explore contact with others while taking care of their personal needs.