Moving with Relational Intelligence: A weekend of Contact Improvisation (CI) & ensemble dancing

with Nita Little

May 30, 2019 - 5:00pm to June 2, 2019 - 3:00pm

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This weekend workshop is an opportunity for dancers to dig into the skills and practices of physical communication in ensemble dancing in order to become relevant to the change they seek in the world. Based in dynamic research practices, we reach into the physics, somatics, and attentional skills of moving together to explore the practical politics of living life in-touch, while examining our assumptions about our own capacities, questioning our trained modes of embodiment to discover alternatives, and refreshing our individual and collective agreements.

We will discover what it means to be multiple and why that brings brilliance. Moving beyond the possessive individual, we turn to the physical body in motion with others in order to answer technical and philosophical questions that ask us to examine our particular cultural influences. Through skills training, discussions, scores for exploration and research, solo, duet, and much ensemble dancing, we will seek greater movement freedom through relations of communion. Our quest is to further our personal relational intelligence through attentional practices that build dynamic, tactile, and environmental networks. 

Expect this work to be both deeply personal yet collectively supported. Technical and philosophical, we will work with artistic and every-day wisdom. Our work is supported by work in dance and somatic knowledges, cultural and race studies, presence and attention practices, cognitive science, and the work currently being researched internationally by the Institute for the Study of Somatic Communication (ISSC).

Registration coming soon!

About the teacher


Nita Little is an activist for relational intelligence through improvisational dance practices that began with the emergence and development of Contact Improvisation (CI). A dancer, teacher, choreographer, and theorist, her work with Steve Paxton was generative of CI in 1972. Little received her PhD in Performance Studies in 2014. She tours worldwide on a regular basis working for dance companies, at festivals, conferences and universities teaching, lecturing, and choreographing. Her writing investigates ecological actions of attention and the creative potentials present in entangled relations. She initiated the Institute for the Study of Somatic Communication (the ISSC) in 2016 with dance research ensembles (which all share CI in common) participating from around the globe.