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Spring 2018: Contact Improvisation - DANC 3610

Title

Spring 2018: Contact Improvisation - DANC 3610

When

Wed. Jan 17, 2018 - Tue. May 1, 2018 (15 weeks)
Every Tuesday, Thursday from 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM

Where

Memorial Gymnasium 120-MP

This course serves as an introduction to the principles and skills involved in the practice of Contact Improvisation (CI). Students will explore and learn improvisational strategies for moving individually, in duets, and groups. With attention focused on responsiveness in the moment, students learn to think quickly and creatively and are encouraged to investigate the territory between familiarity and risk.
 
The form of CI is very simple and pure in its principles and is based on the interaction of forces between two bodies with velocity and grace. The earth is and will always be our first partner—from understanding the dynamics of weight, density, flow and softness, a dancer can inhabit a wide variety of creative shifts. CI has emerged from Aikido, the martial art form, and blended with western art into a unique expression of dance that is both meditative and theatrical, joyful and contemplative. Practice of this form often includes authentic movement styles developed along side performance where practitioners move sightlessly and freely while being witnessed and embraced in trust. This form is open to all levels of experience and abilities.
 
Instructors: Brad Stoller (​bradstoller@gmail.comand Kimberly Mata (kbm2n@Virginia.edu

Brad Stoller is part of an early lineage in the form of Contact Improvisation. He began his study in 1979 when the form was in its incipient stages of growth. He has been teaching CI sense 1983 all over the U.S., Europe and even Africa. 
 
*1 credit