Join us and create a composition for the Garden Dance on the afternoon of Saturday 29 September. We invite all dancers – ideally with some experience of contact improvisation – to participate and create a moving flowing sculpture. We’d love to work with you all on this, and offer two workshops including one for dancers with no experience of contact improvisation technique.
I visited the Turrill Sculpture Garden to measure the space for the Garden Dance performance on Saturday 29 September.
Meet Ellis Mace in the workshop on Temple Street/Cowley Rd, Oxford holding the finished props for the Garden Dance on 29 September 2018.
This is the fifth and final day of a five day intensive for play-fighting with teacher Bruno Caverna on Friday 10 August 2018. [First day]
We stand, and then shake vigorously – all parts of our body; loosening up. Yesterday evening was a jam which ended late so we’re all a little tired – and it’s the last day!
This is the third day of a five day intensive for play-fighting with teacher Bruno Caverna on Wednesday 8 August 2018. [Next day]
- We walk in the space of Hybrid Studio, criss-crossing the floor and avoiding each other.
- We repeat the walking but now we must walk and fall onto our outward step. This reminds me of contact improvisation where it is said that walking is falling and catching the fall.
This is the second day of a five day intensive for play-fighting with teacher Bruno Caverna on Tuesday 7 August 2018. [Next day]
We stand in a circle and play a game. We are to choose two other people in the circle and stay the same distance from them. But we do not indicate who we have chosen – it’s unsaid. We move but must keep our relation to the other two people. It’s a triangular relationship and difficult to maintain if you ‘partners’ exchange places!
This is the first day of a five day intensive for play-fighting with teacher Bruno Caverna on Monday 6 August 2018. [Next day]
Hybrid Studios in Brussels isn’t the easiest venue to find. But I join the opening circle before it ends, introducing myself and saying my background is in dancing contact improvisation.
Often I’ve included online videos of contact improvisation in the newsletters of Oxford Contact Dance under the title of ‘Dancing Inspiration’. Here’s the videos which I’ve included; some are tutorials and others are dances. Enjoy!
Sometimes, compliments come in the most oblique ways: ‘Are you dancing?’ said the man in the park at the end of our outdoor dance session in Oxford called Dance in the Park.