Olivia’s classes offer an opportunity to develop Contact Improvisation (CI) techniques that will both foster the dancing of beginners and satisfy the hunger of more advanced practitioners.
Class will begin with a guided warm-up to deepen awareness of ourselves in relationship to gravity by sensing the balance between tension and ease. Developmental movement principles such as yielding, head-tail connection, and push patterns will be considered to facilitate pathways that move us in and out of the floor with ease and efficiency. We will travel through space utilizing “scores of limitation” to create opportunities to unlearn habitual patterning to enrich the possibilities of our dancing.
As we begin to improvise together we will discover the innate physics in our movements, using gravity as a tool rather than a hindrance. Similarly, by learning to gently pour our weight we notice how timing can allow for easeful movements. We will consider the notion of physical empathy, exploring how we can make ourselves light and supportive in surrendering to weight flow and counterbalance.
Olivia Shaffer is an independent performer, improviser, choreographer and teacher from Vancouver, BC. She holds a BFA and a Liberal Arts Certificate from the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. She works as a freelance dance artist with several Vancouver-based companies such as EDAM Dance, Co.ERASGA and MACHiNENOiSY, among others.
Since 2011, Olivia has had the pleasure and privilege of developing her skills under the guidance of two mentors: CI master Peter Bingham and somatic movement expert Helen Walkley. Olivia trains daily with Peter and his renown dance company EDAM, and has received in-depth training in improvisation, Laban Movement Analysis & Bartenieff Fundamentals with Helen.
Olivia has participated in numerous CI intensives with notables such as Alicia Grayson, Karen Nelson, Andrew Harwood, Ray Chung, Chris Aiken, Frey Faust, Martin Keogh and Angelika Doniy. She has taught in Canada, the USA and Southeast Asia, and has been performing with Vancouver-based CI company EDAM Dance since 2014.
$15 drop in or $60 for a 5-class card
Start January 11, 2019
at EDAM Dance
[No class Feb 15 – instead join us at the 4th Annual Vancouver Contact Improv Festival (Feb 15-17 @ SFU Woodwards)]