London Contact Improvisation

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Creative/Expressive Dance Improvisation Professional Development Caxton House Community Centre, 129 St. John's Way
N19 3RQ

Contact Improvisation is a dance form originally referred to as a “art-sport” in which the point of contact with another dancer provides the starting point for a movement exploration. It is most frequently performed as a duet, but can be danced by more people. There can be music or it can happen in silence. It is about sharing weight, rolling, suspending, falling, passive and active, energy and awareness.

Contact Improvisation is a dance form, originated by American choreographer Steve Paxton in 1972, based on the communication between two or more moving bodies that are in physical contact and their combined relationship to the physical laws that govern their motion—gravity, momentum, inertia.

The body, in order to open to these sensations, must learn to release excess muscular tension and abandon a certain quality of willfulness to experience the natural flow of movement. Practice includes rolling, falling, being upside down, following a physical point of contact, supporting and giving weight to a partner.

Contact improvisations are spontaneous physical dialogues that range from stillness to highly energetic exchanges. Alertness is developed in order to work in an energetic state of physical disorientation, trusting in one’s basic survival instincts. It is a free play with balance, self-correcting the wrong moves and reinforcing the right ones, bringing forth a physical/emotional truth about a shared moment of movement that leaves the participants informed, centered, and enlivened.”

From 5th November until the end of the year we will be at Caxton House Community Centre, 129 St. John’s Way, London N19 3RQ. Classes will run from 13.00 – 15.00.

19 November: Anne-Gaelle Thirot
26 November: Daniel Mang
3 December: Zoe Solomons
10 December: Mary Prestidge
17 December: Annie Lok

Caxton House Community Centre
129 St. John’s Way
N19 3RQ

Robert Anderson
Telephone: 07814 790 757
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Contact Jams at The Place
23 September – 12 December 2016
9 January – 27 March 2017
24 April – 10 July

The Place
London Contemporary Dance School
17 Duke’s Road

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