Contact & Improvisation: 

Clarity, Communication & Composition


The aim of this course is that the participants:

1.  develop a broader range of experience and skill with which to be more physically defined, present and creative in their partnering explorations;

2.  experience the confidence to participate safely in contact jam situations and incorporate partnering work into their choreographic research; and

3.  develop skills for integrating contact and partnering work in performance improvisations


We will focus on defining a system of movement research based upon the mechanical and communicative aspects of touch.  Fundamental themes we will address are:


  • getting in and out of contact
  • being precise with different modes of weight sharing
  • discriminating ‘non-roled’ and ‘mover-partner’ dancing
  • experimenting with varying degrees of influence when partnering
  • balancing awareness between the one’s own dance and the communication with partner
  • and, balancing sensing and personal experience with compositional intentionality

These explorations will be combined with techniques for safety and self-responsibility.  Our goal is to refine the language of observation and decision-making that we use as the basis for communication while improvising – and to experience a rich fulfillment in our dancing!  Contact Improvisation without compromise.


Upcoming --

European Tour 2017

22. – 24. June: Florence, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy

“Owning our Space” Workshop

+ Performances

30.6 – 2 July: Athens, Greece

Embodiment and Connection

6. – 9. July: Toulouse, France

Embodiment and Connection

17. – 21. July: Lisbon, Portugal

Embodiment and Connection

24. – 28. July:  Berlin, Germany

Tanzfabrik Summer Intensives

Embodiment and Connection

+ Video showing & Discussion

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