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Contact Improvisation

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  • Sat 9 Jun ’12, 10:00am – 3:00pm


Soul - Centre of the Body and Mind, 18 Huia Rd, Titirangi


All Ages

Contact improvisation is a hybrid art form that draws from Aikido and Tai Chi as well as an integration of many other mind-body movement practices.
Through the immediacy of sensation, touch, and the subjective experience of gravity, these workshops engage us with the physicality of weight, force and momentum.
Physical communication, listening, and a process of ‘letting go’ takes us into ‘the unknown’ of what emerges in the dance in the present moment.
We negotiate relationship with self and each other building a sense of tuning to space and group presence.
Let’s, together, enjoy the sensitivity, exhilaration and playfulness of the dynamics of the space-between that contact improvisation opens up to us.

Val Smith.
As a dance artist and movement educator I draw directly from contact improvisation as source, passion and teacher.
I have been teaching and researched this dance form since 1998 throughout NZ, Australia, and the US and continue to want to learn and develop my understanding of its’ possibilities.
Inspired by the intrinsic social politics of contact improvisation, I love how there is always more to know of how touch and connection with others in space opens understandings of self, relationship and humanity.
There is so much more to know!

I acknowledge the following people as significant influences in my contact improvisation practice: Alys Longley, Stu Phillips, Nita Little, Danny Lepkoff, Joey Lehrer, Neil Marcus and Steve Paxton. Also Body Mind Centering, the research of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, and other somatic practices heavily influence the material that I play with when teaching contact improvisation.

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