Contact Improvisation Classes

Movement exploration from the point of touch.

Rolling, falling, balancing, twirling, allowing play with others. Freeform and flow. Practising being present. Honouring every moment. Being awake, learning to listen with the body.

Contact Improvisation is a partner dance form based on the physical principles of touch, momentum, shared weight, and most quintessentially – following a shared point of contact. Contact improve has taken me the deepest into myself. It brings you totally into the present, totally into the now. Using each other bodies we practise to find new points of gravity, flow, momentum, balance or inertia. The skills of falling, rolling, counterbalance, lifting using minimal effort, how to make ourselves light when being lifted, and responsiveness to our partners and surroundings. This dance embodies your energy field like no other dance, what is needed will be present in the dance and so the healing happens.

Photo: Zee Hartmann

 

In classes

Learn to trust gravity, the floor, ourselves and partner. Rolling sliding and falling

Understanding the rolling point of contact.

Relearning natural body patterns of movement.

Creativity in movement. Finding it in movement from the point of contact .

Texture of touch. Finding the flow.

Playing with physiques, momentum and counter balance.

Giving and receiving weight. Sharing weight .Learning to flow and spiral in and out of contact.

Stillness in movement. Awareness expansion listening develops

Class Details :

Wednesday evenings

7 pm to 8:30

Houtbay  @ Space of Grace. Call 0767213582 for address

Cost R100 for drop in. Please phone or email to confirm drop in

Monthly cards available  4 lessons  valued for 5 weeks @ R320

Students rates : R50 per drop in class.

All ages welcome. Beginners welcome.

Dress code :

Wear comfortable clothing preferable long pants and t shirt style, you be rolling on the floor and maybe over other people :). No jewelry it can scratch  🙂

contact : 0767213582

email : lulu@beingexpand.com

https://www.facebook.com/contactimprovisationcapetown/

 Jam at Young Blood 2016

Photographer : Zee Hartmann

Jams

Its a free dance space where we practice and play contact improv.

Venue : Space of Grace Houtbay

Please contact 0767213582 for more info on Jams dates

 

What is Contact Improvisation Dance :

The dance is improvisation – creating in the moment.

This is where the creativity comes in, even if you believe you not creative, we all are and we all have levels of creativity inside ourselves. This form allows that to come out and be naturally simulated. There is no wrong or mistakes here all are part of it.

Touch

When touch is in openness like CI,  with no intension, the healing automatic unfolds. We practice the touch from a point of observation and interest, seeing what movement it inspires in your body. In Contact the touch can comes in many different forms. We can be sliding or rolling over each other’s bodies, or bumping into each other, we can use a knee to connect to another or an shoulderor head. We can even fall together. Spiral together in contact.

Learning to see with your skin.

In contact the level of sensitivity you find in your awareness to the other dancers is next level of sensitivity, total presence, alive and awake. Its like you develop eyes in your skin and our dance becomes a unspoken language.

Listening deeply to what is.

You learn to become aware of the dance as a hole and learn to listen deeply to what is coming from intuition or sensing or can I say awareness point of knowing what unfolds naturally in the dance. We never know what to expect we stay in listen mode, listening to the intention of the movement we feel in our partner. In the dance we develop these skills which are highly effective in the real world.

Activating our fascia, our connective tissue. We laugh, we roll, we feel connected, We receive touch, connection. Inspire creativity with in yourself. Learning to be ok with not knowing. In the moment.

In contact there is a few basic tool that can be taught, how to surf over another body, how to take or give weight, how to listen, how to lift another, connecting core awareness, sensitivity  in the rolling point of contact and so much more.

Photo: Zee Hartmann

There is no Syllabus, no chorography no specific instructions for this dance as it a language that gets created between the dancers present. The dance was founded by  Steve Paxton in 1972 with an early back ground in acrobatics, modern dance,  martial arts Aikido and years of experience in improve movement. I honour and thank him for this amazing gift.

Contact dance is for all levels of dancers. “Dancers have a harder time getting out of their choreographing mind. They want to make a lift happen, or try to control their partner,” “But in contact there is shared weight. You would fall if your partner left and vice versa. There are no followers. Everyone is a leader.”-Colleen Thomas .Have no expectation the moment will create itself even if you don’t know what to do . We learn to be ok with not knowing

Photo : “In touch” Goa 2014 Dec  Contact Festival – India

Contact Improvisation is an honouring of every moment. There is a sweet surrendering that happens when our bodies stay faithful to what is happening now, and now… and NOW! One learns to recognize and differentiate subtle impulses in our movement choices and our partner’s choices. We begin to decipher the cues that we give and receive which tell us when to lead or follow, when to go up, when to go down, where to touch, how to lift, when to slow down, and when to be still. In this form one learns to stay in integrity with each choice, never forcing, never rushing. When Body, Mind, and Spirit are united in their instinctive wisdom one finds ones-self at home in every moment expressing ones true nature.     – Moti Zemelman

Contact Improvisation is a moving massage. It is a dance that fine tunes your senses and wakes up your ability to listen and respond to what is happening in the moment. If you could do Aikido, surf, wrestle and dance at the same time, you would have an idea of what Contact Improvisation feels like. What makes Contact different from other dance is that partners are often moving in and out of physical contact while rolling, spiraling, springing and falling. They find ways to “enjoy the ride” and improvise while mutually supporting and following each others movements. The dancing is unpredictable and inspired by the physical and energetic contact the partners share.- by Ernie Adams

More info :

www.contactimprov.com

www.contactquarterly.com

 

 

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