DANCE, MOVEMENT AND CONTACT IMPROVISATION

DANCE, MOVEMENT AND CONTACT IMPROVISATION

 

  • SOLO registration full course

    Total price Rs. 4200. Balance Rs. 3200 cash on 1st session

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    INR 1000
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    INR 700
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About The Event

Fees: For Session 1 to Session 9 - You pay only for 7 sessions (out of 9) upfront during registration. This is in case if you have something else come up for any two sessions, you can choose to skip any two and that way you don't miss a paid session. If you end up attending all 9, you pay only Rs. 400 per 8th and 9th session. Fees for 7 sessions, Rs. 4200 You pay Rs. 1000 online and rest in cash on the 1st session when we decide further schedule collectively. Single session Rs. 700

Details of the course:

We all like to dance, we all like to move. May be it is to music, to our thoughts or emotions.

Why not explore a dance form which incorporates you and your awareness in the dance. The dance is improvisational and open to your expression.

What is Contact Improvisation: Contact improvisation is a partner/social dance which uses techniques and background from a lot of things like contemporary dancing, martial arts, human emotions, somatics and so many more. Contact improvisation (CI) is a dance form which is a communication between two or more dancers which is constantly being improvised based on movement, balance, energy, motor function etc. It is a dance which emerges out of your awareness, weight, contact, communication and connection. It is a dialogue between people without verbal communication. It is a dance where a person is a lead and a follow simultaneously and can switch roles with one or more partners multiple times during the dance. This cooperative dance practice explores states of presence, perception, sensory awareness, and responsiveness to one’s self and environment, as well as physical strategies related to gravity, momentum, falling, rolling and lifting etc.

Various themes can be introduced to understand where all contact improvisation can be used while we do other kinds of dances and theater. A dance can a high energy dance, it can be a happy dance, it could be a peaceful dance, it could be a goofy and funny dance, it could be anything improvised.

Each of these sessions below may end with a Contact Improv Jam (A jam maybe a guided or non-guided, leaderless time for people to explore and practice what they have learned- much like social dancing after the lesson) 

Tentative schedule

Session 1 (2 hours)

You. Your awareness. Sensory functions. Feeling. Intuition. Thinking. Sight. Contact (Touch and connection)

Session 2 (2 hours)

Points of contact. Weight sharing. Center of Mass. Balancing. Duet (2 people system). Triplet (3 people system) and more.

Session 3 (2 hours)

Understanding environment, bodies and objects around us. Influence of them on our dance, awareness. Body work. Floor work. Tiniest dance.

Session 4 (2 hours)

Musicality. Silence (No music). Rhythm. Emotion. Energy. No mind, only body.

Session 5 (2 hours) [May be with Live instrumental music]

Stillness. Travel. Motion. Dynamic. Flying. Leaving the floor. Lifts.

Session 6 (2 hours)

More complicated lifts. Connecting center of mass. Spirals

Session 7 (2 hours)

Scores: Extrapolation to theater, art and day to day things (health, positivity). Story.

Session 8 (2 hours)

Scores: Extrapolation to other dances and use of CI to them

Session 9 (2 hours)

Scores: Water CI (This session will be in a swimming pool). 

Session 10 (6 hours or more) [Not included with the course]

A full day contact improvisation retreat. 

Session 10 - This retreat may be open to other participants not registered in the course and may be in a different location (indoor or outdoor - to be decided). Registration is not up yet, but if you are enrolled in this course, you will be given an eligible discounted registration price for the retreat which would be lesser than that for other people.

Concepts covered in the course duration would be:

1) Leading and following a dance
2) Awareness of weight, center of mass and connection with one or multiple dancers on the floor. Weight sharing.
3) Easy lifts and Aerials for people who are comfortable with it
4) Concepts of motor function, moves from contemporary dancing
5) Elements and influences in dance pattern
6) Concept of musicality and connecting your dance to music rather than doing random moves. Basically listening.
7) Core elements of partner dancing
8) Themes and dances
9) Round robin
10) Guided and non-guided dance jams
and more

What to wear during the sessions?

Ans: Plain, comfortable clothing without buttons, hooks, zippers, belts (think track pants/ salwars/ slacks/plain cotton shorts and t-shirts/plain kurtas). Also, please avoid wearing belts, jewellery, especially around the neck, wrist and ankle, and also in your ears and nose (if possible). If you are wearing it while you come in, we will have to remove it during the dance. Small solid objects can be a safety hazard on the dance floor and cause injury to you and others. So, wear uncomplicated clothing for a safe dance movement experience! Please DO NOT dress up in formal clothing for the dance. DO NOT dress up like you are going to a club or disco or a formal dance party.

If you have questions, reach me at 9820633374 (call or whatsapp)