Suspension [of Weight, Time, Balance, & Disbelief]: A Contact Improvisation Workshop

with Andrew Harwood

April 21, 2016 - 5:00pm to April 24, 2016 - 3:00pm

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In this workshop, we will explore the many facets of suspension: the suspension of our weight in the air, permitting a stretch of time and allowing freer movement as we float or hang, delaying a fall; suspension as a system of springs or shock absorbers in our bodies which cushion the impact of our mass into the floor; and the postponement of a judgment, impulse, decision, or opinion, as in "suspension of disbelief."

"I view improvisation as a highly sophisticated idiom that necessitates a training of body and mind. The practice of improvisation requires a very high level of concentration, a fertile imagination and the ability to make immediate decisions. Contact improvisation is a demanding form of instantaneous composition in which dancers, attuned to an abundance of information, must make in-the-moment choices as they fashion a dance piece in present time. [...] I believe this work is about finding a way to perform without pretense, so that the ability to respond freely and unselfconsciously becomes the goal. In order to do this, the performer has to let go of preconceived notions of performing and begin taking real risks, even risking making a fool of themselves." - Andrew Harwood

Andrew is as masterfully adaptable teacher who has facilitated thousands of groups over 40 years of teaching contact improvisation internationally. His workshops have attracted many dancers in university programs, professional dancers, beginner to dedicated Contact practitioners, teachers and performers of Contact and other work, various creators and interpreters, body workers, actors and musicians, and lovers of movement. This workshop is for dancers with a strong grasp of Contact fundamentals but will accommodate mixed levels. Please contact Andrew at if you have questions.

Photo Credit: Christian Lapp

Tuition, Room & Board (tiered for accessibility)
Professional: $425
Full:                $375
Subsidized:   $325

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