Contact improvisation workshop
May 2020, Copenhagen
“Mixing improvisational approaches with choreographed movement will articulate the soft athletics and multidirectional awareness of CI. Forward, side and backward rolls, dives, knee slides, handstands, off axis patterns and floor surfing. Ultimately we will open space to fall, fly and release as we dance together with risk, humour and a vigorous physicality. ” 😳🥰
Before 15th. Mar: 500 DKK
After: 600 DKK
Before 15th. Mar: 700 DKK
After: 800 DKK
15 May 17:00 – 20:00 – Katrinedals skolen
16. May 12:00-17:00 – Gasværksvejens Skole
17. May 12:00-17:00 – Katrinedals skolen
Max 25 people 👨👨👧👧 (we usually fill up)
Level: You’re a brave soul willing to explore, some physical experience is probably good! 🤭
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What is the workshop about?
The workshop is about the body, how to move it and how to move it with others.
These classes are a blend of Contact Improvisation’s approach to the body with the structure of the Contemporary Dance class. Mixing improvisational approaches with choreographed movement will articulate the soft athletics and multidirectional awareness of CI. Forward, side and backward rolls, dives, knee slides, handstands, off axis patterns and floor surfing. Ultimately we will open space to fall, fly and release as we dance together with risk, humour and a vigorous physicality.
Somatic images and solo patterns will underpin the warm-ups. Investigating and challenging your solo dancing will be your preparation for meeting others in Contact dances. Connecting deeply with others will lead you back to self awareness. Technical challenges and conceptual strategies will be offered to support you in learning something new. The goal is to combine serious study with the joy of dancing.
Who is Rick?
My dancing began socially as a teenager and the first technical form to channel my enthusiasm was Contact Improvisation. After some modern dance training I performed through the 90’s for British contemporary dance companies.
I maintain an improvisational performance practice and have collaborated with many dancers, actors, musicians and designers to create improvised performance.
As a choreographer, I have made work for many contexts, including major Opera houses, small theatres, art galleries, touring dance companies and warehouse parties. I am now making performance work that borrows from the strategies of Installation Art and participatory performance.
My choreographic practice has followed and sometimes led the development of my teaching. I started teaching Improvisation at London Contemporary Dance School In 2001 and gradually expanded the scope of my pedagogy to include composition, performance and voice/movement techniques.
In 2001 I became a member of staff at London Contemporary Dance School where I continue to teach Composition and Improvisation. I am an internationally recognised Contact Improvisation teacher and have been invited to lead workshops in 13 different countries and more than 40 cities. I have been a guest teacher in many institutions and festivals such as CNDC Anger (France), National Taiwan University of Arts, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Freiburg Festival and The Royal Ballet School. I have taught company class for many companies including Punchdrunk, Rambert Dance Company and DV8.
My teaching is comprised of three elements: Contact Improvisation, solo dancing and ensemble composition.