Sensing Through Presence | 3-Day Workshop on Contact Improvisation in Udaipur

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Sensing Through Presence – a 3-day workshop is going to be conducted in Udaipur from 23rd and 25th March 2018. The workshop will exhibit a dance form which uses touch to achieve perfect harmony between mind and body. The dance form is known as Contact Improvisation or CI. The workshop will witness Hari Choudhary, Guru Suraj, Aditya Sasidharan at Swaraj University, Tapovan, Rajasthan.

Sensing Through Presence | 3-Day Workshop on Contact Improvisation in Udaipur
Sensing Through Presence | 3-Day Workshop on Contact Improvisation in Udaipur

About the Workshop:

The workshop shall demonstrate a unique way to develop the physical principles of CI or Contact Improvisation. The workshop will focus on both creating a ground for contact improvisation skills and qualities of sensing through somatic methods and awakening of awareness through heightening the senses.

This workshop will look at very basic principles of CI, as “rolling point of contact”, support, following and leading, falling, use of momentum, sink, suspension, Backspace, counterbalancing, in and out of contact.

The whole idea is to have space for self-directed learning, writing, talking, sharing, questioning and having discussions on different themes. Bodywork and anatomy will also be a part of the workshop –playing and exploring the possibilities of two bodies in a space in terms of the physical laws of gravity, force, momentum and sharing weight.

Contact involves a lot of listening and being aware of the body and the surroundings and at the same time, Improvisation aspect of the dance form keeps it like a play jam-packed with curiosity going into the unknown territory in every moment.

What is Contact Improvisation?

Contact Improvisation is a partner dance form based on the principles of physical touch, momentum, shared weight, and most quintessentially – following a shared point of contact. The form was founded in 1972 by Steve Paxton.

“Contact improvisations are spontaneous physical dialogues that range from stillness to highly energetic exchanges. Alertness is developed in order to work in an energetic state of physical disorientation, trusting in one’s basic survival instincts. It is a free play with balance, self-correcting the wrong moves and reinforcing the right ones, bringing forth a physical/emotional truth about a shared moment of movement that leaves the participants informed, centered, and enlivened.”—early definition by Steve Paxton 1970s, from CQ Vol. 5:1, Fall 1979.

The Course of the CI Workshop

  • The workshop will commence at 10 am on 23rd March 2018
  • There will be sessions during the entire day until 25th March 2018
  • Attendees will witness early morning sessions, late night jams
  • On 25th, the workshop shall end at 5 pm. All the attendees will then be taken to Fatehsagar and the workshop would end with a dance performance of the participants.

Venue: Swaraj University, Tapovan, Rajasthan

Register now:

Click Here to Register

For more information:

Call: +91- 9958311401 (Harsh)

Email: contactimprovindia@gmail.com

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