INTENSIVE WITH CAROLINE WATERS
The sensing body
Working with the ‘Material for the Spine’ from Steve Paxton, we will be focusing on preparing the body for contact. We explore different ways to bring Ci Principals to the solo body and the space. Starting with the self, floor, environment, then opening out to group and non-touch spatial scores. Contact Improvisation has always been for Caroline part of basic training for the performing body, developing ways to listen, embody, respond and connect. How to achieve this in our current situation? Solo work will also include ideas from Mary O’Donnell Fulkersons ‘Move to Stillness’ and the influence of the yoga teacher Vanda Scarevelli bringing us from our spine to our Skinosphere and inhabiting our Kinosphere (Terms from Nancy Stark Smith).
Intensive focus on CI as a dance technique. It aims at developing a better understanding of the basic CI-skills, like clear communication through touch, listening, persisting and letting go, rolling, sliding, spiralling, reaching, pushing, falling, floating, sharing and transporting weight, in the latter also including flying, catching and being upside down, and on bringing these skills into improvised Contact-dances.
Dancing in contact with floor and space and then also with a partner, exploring different qualities of touch and finding ways to give information and listen through touch. Working solo or with a partner, specific movement patterns will be practised that are based on functional movement principles. Following these principles in improvised duets, being able to go beyond old habits and limits, finding new pathways and a softer and more efficient flow of movement in contact-dancing.