22 AUG 2015
29 Aug 2015
C.I. Intensive with Katarina Eriksson
Leviathan Studio, Lasqueti Island, British Columbia , Canada

Come for 6 whole days of Contact Improv Intensive with Katarina Eriksson. Arriving Saturday, Aug 22 for orientation, dinner, evening jam with live music, sauna. First class is Sunday 10am. This intensive ends after breakfast on Saturday, Aug29. $525

Accidental Excellence

Or The Joy of Stumbling into Contact

This class is inspired by a verbal misunderstanding. In a CI event that I was recently part of, an on-looker made a comment that I heard as “accident dances”, when he really said “excellent dances”.

I have noticed that, what can be perceived as mishaps in a dance often become an opening to deeper listening and awareness of the particularities of the dance I’m having right now. So, in this class we will cultivate our capacity of being “accident-prone” – to stop trying to get it right and instead becoming more and more curious about where the principles of contact improvisation can take us moment by moment.

We will study;

Falling (How does my body fall safely? Where is the edge of my comfort zone? What kinds of falls make me laugh?)

Rolling point/Sliding point/ In and out of contact (How can these concepts support my dance towards surprise and discovery? Can I shift from making it happen to watching it happen? Can I find joy in the moments of difficulty? )

Weight exchange (How do I respect my own and my partner’s limitations without letting “politeness” dull the dance? What are all the micro-grades on my scale for giving and receiving weight?)

It was when I found out I could make mistakes that I knew I was on to something. ~Ornette Coleman

Katarina Eriksson has been involved with improvisational dance since 1989, collaborating with artists, such as Julyen Hamilton, Ray Chung, Cathie Caraker, and as a member and co-founder of Swedish improvisation ensemble Floke.

She teaches Contact Improvisation and other improvisational forms in Europe and the US, and since 2000 she curates the performance series Moments Notice in Berkeley.

Katarina’s traditional dance background includes graduation from The Ballet Academy, Gothenburg and working at The Gothenburg State Theater and Opera, as well as with numerous choreographers and dance companies in Sweden.

Recent performance endeavors are; Artist in Residency at CounterPULSE, San Francisco, touring in Sweden and Germany with Hoppalappa Postfolki Tanziteatteri, co-creating a site-specific dance piece with Siljeholm/Christophersen in Beirut, and directing multi-disciplinary performances at Earthdance, Massachusetts and Movement Research at Judson Church, New York.

$525 includes tuition, all meals, dormitory or camping, transportation on Lasqueti

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