Spontaneous Performative Composition in Contact Improvisation

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(Re)sonance. Spontaneous Performative Composition in Contact Improvisation
4-days Intensive Workshop with Andrew Harwood and Raymond Chung

WHEN: March 30 – April 2, 2018 – Friday – Monday, 10:00am-6pm (with a break for lunch)
WHERE: Finnish Hall Auditorium, 1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley, CA 94702
COST: Regular Rate $395. Support the Arts Rate: $455 (No drop-in or partial attendance)

Optional informal in-workshop performance included.

In this intensive, CI will be our home base to dive deeper into the form and also to reach further out from it. As a performance art form, the challenge in contact is perhaps about letting go of preconceived notions of performing, of finding a way to dance without pretence, so that the ability to respond freely and unselfconsciously becomes the goal. Rich with sensations and imagination, this dance form leaves its participants informed, centered and enlivened.
Sessions will include gentle arrival/warm-up time through various somatic and release techniques, fascia work, games, puzzles and some CI skills. The workshop will also provide an opportunity to integrate acquired physical, imaginative and perceptual information into the art of ‘spontaneous performative composition’ through the experimentation of solo, duet, and ensemble forms. Various scores for dancing, presentations, observation, discussions, critical analysis and bodywork will be included in our research and practice.

Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood and Ray Chung are internationally recognized performers and teachers with a collective experience of over seventy-five years. Their experience bridges contemporary dance, post-modern dance, Contact Improvisation, performance improvisation, Authentic Movement, fascia-based training/bodywork, martial arts, as well as other practices.