“The simple pleasure of moving and living through one’s body is what I think matters most here. And the pleasure of dancing with someone in a spontaneous, unplanned way, free to create without disturbing one’s partner. It’s an extremely inspiring form of dance.” – Steve Paxton
Contact improvisation (CI) is one of the most welcoming and friendly dance forms. It’s open for people of all body types, ages, backgrounds and athletic ability.
In contact improvisation two moving bodies are following physical point of contact and they roll, fall, fly, support and give weight to each other. They are sharing the dance and playing with the physical laws as gravity, momentum, inertia, etc.
This workshop will help to release excess muscular tension, get in contact with our bodies and liberate the natural movement.
During the workshop we will work on:
- relaxing the body and releasing unneecesarry muscular tension;
- physical touch and point of contact,
- listening to the partner, following and leading,
- sharing the weight
- different ways to support/lift,
- soft landing, falling and rolling,
- moving efficiently in different levels,
- inner and shared balance.
Besides technical knowledge, while learning we will also focus on our personal curiosity, exploration and pleasure of dance. We will create an atmosphere for finding the trust in ourselves and our partners, spontaneity, support and presence.
Besides CI, we will deepen body-movement comprehension and relaxation through “bodywork”, as well as composition skills through impro and performance scores/structures.
Participation doesn’t need any special previous skills.
People with previous CI experience will also get a lot!
Julija Melnik, BA, MA – Tutor in Dance – is leading regular contact improvisation classes, jams and workshops in Lithuania. She has also taught outside of Lithuania (Ukraine, Latvia, Russia, France, Germany and USA ). Julija is actively participating in International CI festivals, teachers’ conferences and is also organizing CI events in Lithuania: annual CI and Performance Mini-festival since 2007, regional CI teachers’ conference in March ‘08, Vilnius CI and Performance Festival ‘09.
Julija has studied contact improvisation with CI pioneers – Steve Paxton and Nancy Stark Smith, and also with Nina Martin, Andrew Harwood, Angela Donii, Joerg Hassman, Charlie Morrissey, Adrian Russi and many others. She is also exploring other improvisational forms and performance, and has studied with Julyen Hamilton, Daniel Lepkoff, Nita Little, Alexander Girshon, Keith Hennessy, David Zombrano and others.
Julija is also practicing Argentinean tango, Gurdjieff movements, house dance, salsa, contemporary dance. Her movement research is informed as well by practices of meditation, bodywork, dance therapy and other movement techniques such as Feldenkrais, Lou Yong.
Julija is a student at Free University of Samadeva (France) and her studies include Family Constellations and Systemic Representations, Dervish Yoga (Samadeva Gestural Euphony), Hakim Massage and Training as an Euphonist Energetic Practitioner (Well-being coach).
Time: February 6 (Fri.) 19:00-22:00 (Introduction evening)
February 7 d. (Sat.) 11:00-14:00; 15:30-18:00 (1st day)
February 8 d. (Sun.) 11:00-14:00; 15:30-18:00 (2nd day), 19:00-21:00 – Jam
Venue: Workshop will take place in the central part of Vilnius. Details will be announced later for participants.
Lodging: We might help with finding some free or non-expensive accommodation.
Introduction evening – 15 €
One day – 27 €
All workshop – just 55 €, with early registration and non-refundable deposit of 15 € paid till 25th of January, later – 65 €.
10% discount for students and couples.
All participants get a discount to CI workshop for the experienced on 6-8 of March.