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CONTACT IMPROVISATION

 

Blood, Sea

This contact improvisation workshop explores polarities and spirals through an experiential study of the embryology of blood. 

Contact Improvisation and Consent

This class offers tools to facilitate communication and listening around consent within our CI dances, with an emphasis on those from dominant populations dialing up their listening, rather than putting the onus on those from marginalized populations to have to hone their ability to say "no."

 

Matching Tone/Matching Power

When we look at the idea of tone through an embodied lens, we find a wealth of knowledge and material to use in our CI practice toward more dynamic, juicy, relational dances. When we look at these principles through a social lens, we find opportunities to look at power dynamics, and any biases we might have toward certain kinds of tone. 

 

SOMATICS & CREATIVE PRACTICES

 

Clitoral Embodiment

This Body-Mind Centering® workshop covers the embryology of the genitalia from a non-binary perspective; equal parts academic and experiential learning.

 

Somatic Aesthetics

How can we use somatic practices to inspire our artistry? How does our embodiment inform our compositional choices and aesthetic values? In this lab-like environment, we'll discover when our embodied impulses create spatial harmony and when they create dissonance. 


Voice and hearing - the embryology of the pharyngeal arches

The pharyngeal arches are embryonic pouches that form at about four weeks of gestation in the head and neck. In fish they become the gills. In humans they become structures in the ears, jaw and throat that contribute both to our auditory and vocal apparatus. It is through this embryonic connection we will explore the relationship between how we express ourselves and how we listen.


The Immune-Neuro-Endocrine System

There is growing research that links the connection between this triad: the immune, nervous and endocrine systems. How does our embodiment of these systems affect our psyche, creativity and relationship to others? We'll begin with the fluid system to understand the channels through which these three systems communicate with one another and the rest of the body.

 

LECTURES

Embodied Palestine Solidarity

This lecture on the politics of Palestinian and Israeli contemporary dance explores how the forms reflect and/or perpetuate the Israeli occupation of Palestine through funding structures, content, and the frequent use of folk dance as source material.

 

Beyond Sex: consent as liberation

This talk offers an intersectional approach to cultivating a strong consent culture within CI spaces by addressing the ways that everyone––but particularly those who come from marginalized populations––has a need for bodily autonomy and freedom of movement.

 

Disability Justice in Contact Improvisation

This talk briefly covers visible and invisible disabilities, accommodation needs, how ableism intersects with other marginalized identities, and how to create more accessible contact improvisation spaces.

 

Spiritual Bypassing: an embodied and intersectional perspective

Spiritual bypassing, a term coined by Buddhist Psychologist, John Welwood, addresses the ways that spiritual (and healing) practices can sometimes be used to avoid challenging relationship dynamics or obfuscate a community’s biases and inequity. This talk outlines the ways this phenomenon shows up in contact improvisation spaces, and how to address it.