4th Sunday CI Class & Jam with Daniel Lepkoff

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

Programming category: 

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.