The Ways We Share Knowing: ReWilding communication in Contact Improvisation
Attention is key to communication. But do we actually understand the varieties of attention? What about its influence on our physical relationships? Do we get that the physicality of our attention changes our presence, our possibility, our dance? And, what’s touch got to do with it? Everything!
Dance teaches us that embodiment is a creative act. Contact Improvisation teaches us how to articulate that creativity in coordination with the physics of motion, and how to do that together. Communication between partners and within ensembles is key to the expansive range of creative play we can experience. In this workshop we explore how the dimensions of our communication are organized by the physicality of our attention and our ability to share knowing. Yet, our habits of attention are trained since childhood by cultural practices that constrict and constrain our abilities, and our know-how. By ReWilding our communication, we will stretch beyond the habits of our identity, the limitations of our singularly, and the pre-conditioning of our relational potentials. In communion, we will find ourselves anew. To do this, we will nurture the development of articulate embodiments through relational motion in Contact Improvisation and in its extension into ensemble dancing. We will heighten our response – ability by investigating the nature of our physical strength, the depth of our release, and the fabric of our internal and external networks of exchange. We will challenge the singularity of our identity and open ourselves to the multiplicity of our being, human and non-human, in order to communicate more effectively within different scales and systems of knowing. Together, we will heightening our experience of being … dancing.
Not appropriate as an introduction to Contact Improvisation, although all levels are invited.
Nita Little: A pioneering choreographer, performer, and theorist in the field of ensemble improvisational dance and Contact Improvisation, Nita Little is invited to work with dancers on five continents. A (2014) PhD in Performance Studies from the University of California, Davis, Little participated in the emergence and development of Contact Improvisation in 1972 with Steve Paxton and Nancy Stark Smith. She has been exploring the embodied mind in the physics of motion, relational and creative action, and the performance of presence ever since.
Earlybird: $125-$175, before May 15th; $175-$250 after May 15th.
$75 deposit will hold your space
Send deposit/payment to: Wendy Ruble, 1781 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105