Contemporary Training and Improvisation
articulation & mobility
I will guide the participants through a gentle exploration of mobilizing joints, differentiating internal and external movement tendencies and the effort we undertake to execute them. We become aware of the moulding quality of our gestures and how they shape our articulations.
endurance & flow
During this section we will not stop moving for about half an hour although I will change the indications throughout that stretch of time. The aim is to deal with the challenge of organizing the breathing and the muscular effort in such a way that moving without stopping becomes like the underlying state on top of which other tasks have to be put into practice and/or explored.
fragmentation, inversion & integration
Especially this part of the class is inspired by images of visual art work with surrealistic, distorted, fragmented or even abstract representations of the body. In my choice of examples I will be very clear and prepared but the way the participants will deal with the suggestions remains within their personal approach.
At the end of the session there is time to come back to one self and to get into resonance with the experiences.
Partner work and composition through touch
Similar to the contemporary class we will start with a specific functional theme of the body or a prominent body part that can be explored by touching a partner with the fingers to get a deeper and intuitive understanding for our supporting structure.
Within the flow of the session we gradually blur the boundaries between my body and the other body and visualize sculptural images from external sources. By internalizing this images as a sort of inspiring form we want to achieve together with our partners, we practice a series of try-outs leading towards organizing this images. – I am fascinated by the fact that the most complex and beautiful partner constellations suddenly appear out of an ease of two or more bodies moving as one.
How can we subsequently process, memorize and integrate such information as tools?