4th Sunday CI Class & Jam with Daniel Lepkoff

May 22, 2016 - 3:30pm - 7:00pm

Every 4th Sunday of the month, the dance floor becomes a learning lab for Contact Improvisation. Old- and new-timers discover the form together with a class that leads easefully into a jam. All dance levels and styles are welcome!

Class (open level): $10 | 3:30-5:00pm
Jam: $8-12 sliding scale | 5-7pm
Class & Jam: $15-20 sliding scale

"Gravity doesn't know the difference between what is me and what is not me" - Danny Lepkoff

Class Description
Moving the Environment: Making Dances from the Process of living Movement
This workshop presents practical tools for a way of dancing that is based on researching how our body functions, how we interact physically with the environment, and how our perceptions and imagination act through our body to expresses our understandings and desires. The work can be applied to improvisation, performance, contact, and healing.

Concepts and technical practices include:

  • The movement of attention
  • Inside simple patterns: rolling, walking, crawling, running, and jumping
  • Body waves
  • Force and architecture
  • Vision
  • Space as a part of our body
  • Stillness
  • Beginnings and endings

Some questions about dancing

  • What is ordinary movement? How do we learn from our environment?
  • How can we move our attention to create new perceptions and understandings?
  • What is an image? Who creates it? Where is it? What is being an image? What is letting go of an image?
  • How do we prepare for dancing?
  • What is dance? What is culture?

Exercises are drawn from Contact Improvisation, Anatomical Releasing Technique, the ongoing movement research of dancer Daniel Lepkoff, and collaboration with artists Steve Paxton, Lisa Nelson, Simone Forti, Paul Langland, Oleg Soulimenko, and others.

Daniel Lepkoff

Beginning in the early '70's Daniel Lepkoff played a central role in the development of Release Technique with John Rolland and Mary Fulkerson, and Contact Improvisation with Steve Paxton. Through ongoing experimentation with new forms of performance, workshoping specific questions about movement, intense periods of personal movement research, and an ongoing stream of collaborations with improvising artists, Daniel has slowly expanded and deepened his understanding of functional movement and the presence of the imagination in the body.

As a performer he is known for composing dances that arises from the process of living movement and as a teacher for his continual invention of original techniques, making direct contact with information and pursuing questions together with students. He is one of the founders of Movement Research in NYC. He works internationally and lives on a piece of land in Vermont.

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