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.
A friend ask me if it was possible to teach contact improvisation. Good question – it’s improvised after-all!
At London Contact improvisation on 17 March, Nicole Binder led a class about consent. One of the exercises in the class is taken from Theatre of the Oppressed
The publicity for this session at Oxford Contact Dance read: Falling in love might be easy but falling in dance can be trickier! In this ‘laboratory’ session, we’ll investigate falling which is fun, safe and dynamic using techniques from contact improvisation. Let’s lab!
This is the fifth day of a five day winter intensive with Joerg Hassmann.
It’s the final day of the training course. We warm-up – mostly by lying on the floor and moving on our own. Joerg calls us to begin and we sit for five minutes in silence, meditating.
This is the fourth day of a five day winter intensive with Joerg Hassmann.
What is the relationship between our neck and our centre (where our centre is located just below our belly button)? We start by studying this while an artist draws our feet.
This is the third day of a five day winter intensive with Joerg Hassmann.
We sit on the ground with our legs crossed or similar, and we use the ball of our foot to massage our thigh; pressing it in; putting our weight onto it; we also use our hands for self massage too. This is the start to my favourite day of the intensive, and there’s a lot of material!
This is the second day of a five day winter intensive with Joerg Hassmann.
We take a cushion and lying on the floor with a cushion underneath us, we rock back and forth with our pelvis as a pivot point (fulcrum). The movement is back and forth in our pelvis and not rolling side to side. “Rocking is pushing and falling” says Joerg.
This is the first day of a five day winter intensive with Joerg Hassmann.
We sit on the floor in a circle – about 20 people – and our teacher Joerg Hassmann introduces the course. It’s the first day of a five day intensive training at the Somatische Akademie in Berlin called Grounding and Fragile Balances.