The intention is to support more ease, integration and delightful discovery in our contact improvisation explorations.
Without the medium of language our offerings will be transmitted through demonstrations, imagery and of course touch.
Using the 7 energy centers as a framework for discovery we will drawn from some of the original CI solo practices, Body Mind Centering and inspiration from the natural world. as we explore practices in solo, duet and ensemble.
We will experience how the co-creativity of contact improvisation is exponentially amplified when each individual is deeply anchored in their own embodiment.
Specific skills include:
Alicia Grayson has been passionately involved with dancing, teaching and performing Contact Improvisation for the past 32 years. She has taught CI as an adjunct faculty at George Washington University, University of Denver, Naropa University and Shenandoah University. She teaches CI, yoga and pilates classes in Boulder, CO and regularly travels nationally and internationally to teach. Her long time practices of authentic movement, yoga and pilates and her love of nature are important influences on her dancing and teaching. She is a certified Hakomi therapist, certified perinatal somatic attachment therapist and certified Feminine Power transformational coach and facilitator. She is currently training to be a biodynamic breath and trauma release practitioner. She delights in exploring and discovering new depths to contact improvisation and related disciplines and is particularly interested in the intersection of physics and expression and the mind/body relationship. She is dedicated to supporting her fellow humans to be the most amazing embodied beings that we are! www.aliciagrayson.com
With a strong grounding in contact improvisation, we will experiment with the below three concepts to expand our dancing from the gentle and subtle to the acrobatic and fluidly athletic. Class exercises are strongly rooted in functional anatomical principals that emphasize clarity, momentum and release in order to build the kinesthetic awareness necessary for the dancing that follows. Due to the nature of a silent workshop/retreat, photographs, video, models and demos will be used as points of departure in this unique experience
FLOOR WORK: The floor is our first partner. How can we move on the floor efficiently and effectively in solo and with our partners, exploring large, broad contact points and finer ledges at varying speeds?
FLUIDITY: Utilizing our full physical volume – including the role of the skeleton – we will explore the flow of gravity and how to direct and redirect momentum within our own structure and with our partners.
FLIGHT: With the lightness of laughter we will experiment leaving and returning to the ground, removing the ceiling and any notion of a stopping point in our sense of boundless sky. On a more concrete level, how can we improve our timing to catch the waves of another’s up, meeting them at their peak or joining them in their descent.
Tim O’Donnell discovered CI in 1995 and continues to teach at various universities and festivals throughout Europe and the USA. His exploration in the form is strongly rooted in a deep physical listening and a sense of adventure. His classes range from the gentle and subtle to the acrobatic and fluidly athletic.
Tim O’Donnell is a New York based dance artist who has been studying, teaching, and performing in both the United States and Europe. His exploration in dance and movement is strongly rooted in a deep physical listening and a sense of adventure. His classes range from the gentle and subtle to the acrobatic and fluidly athletic. He holds an MFA in Dance and has maintained a private practice in therapeutic bodywork and somatic movement since 1991. Currently he is on faculty at Movement Research and Arizona State University.
Ady Elzam (IL/BE) is a dancer, teacher and choreographer, with a deep technical background in contemporary dance, improvisation and performance. Ady believes art should challenge and inspire, both the artist as well as the spectator. As a preforming artist he’s motivated to cross borders and question the norm in relation to the audience, and its roll in art.
For many years Ady has been exploring movement dynamics in partner work, his main interest is in the communication that creates clear understanding between partners, as if no words are needed. This applies also to the relationship of the observer and the observed. As a performer he’s interested in the artist’s ability to expose oneself, evoke emotion in the audience, and the connection between the two.
Ady started dancing and preforming at age 10 in the Israeli folklore dance school "The Iris of Nazareth" .
He met modern dance in 1997, and embarked on a journey to explore the dance world until 2005 when he dedicated himself to the art of contemporary dance, improvisation and movement exploration.
He trained at the modern dance academy in Haifa and continued to dance in Vertigo Dance Company and DeDe Dance. Over the years he worked with many different choreographers such as; Ofra Idel, Elad Shecter, Matan Levkowich, Yuval Goldshtain, Sharona Floreshaim, Dafi Altabeb, to name a few.