Contact Improvisation (CI) is a movement form that touches on yoga, gymnastics, aikido and contemporary dance. These elements make it accessible, somatically rich and designed to improve body awareness, both in the practice and outside of it. For me, the greatest benefits of CI are seen outside of the dance floor. It is mostly done as a duet involving physical contact, weight bearing, supporting and being open to the moment to sustain fluidity, trust and ease. We explore how to transition from the floor to standing and into more dynamic lifting, falling, working with gravity and with the surface of the floor.
I co-faciliate a weekly class at Sima Performing Arts in Alserkal Avenue and am available to facilitate more classes upon request.
Tara Atkinson and I created a CI informed video dance piece that showed at Tashkeel (an art studio in Dubai). For more information on it click here.