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contact improvisation, dance, movement, experience, voice and meditation

Contact Improvisation - Types of Contact and Weight Passing

Wednesday 16:00 – 18:00

12 lessons from 18 September to 18 December

Course for intermediate and advanced dancers focused on open joint system, weight passing, balancing with a partner. Technique of lifting off the ground using inertia and moment of a force rather than muscles. Each class will develop one concrete way of passing the weight to the partner. Work that will broaden your scale of possibilities and it will show you new ways for improvisation with a partner.

We will continuously work with varied material collected during many years of studies in different movement worlds. Through creative experimenting we will try to remove barriers of routine cathegories to open new possibilities in dance and communication.

Work in closed group will ensure faster acquiring, building on what we have learnt already and unceasing development of possibilities.

Contact Improvisation

It’s a form of movement, dance, where we sense each other through touch. Through touch we give a support to each other, we lead and we let us be led, we take on the weight of the other or transfer our weight to them, we provoke and temper a fall, give energy to fly and fly, carried away by a place where we touch our partner. All the time with the feeling of freedom, efortlessly, using physical laws that, after some practice, are well understandable for our body itself, rather than let it be controlled by our mind. Our mind just watches, wonders and enjoys.

There are a lot of ways how to touch. In an ordinary life, as well as in the contact improvization, we usually use just few from the whole possible spectrum. The quality of our touch decides about how our partner is going to react, how much we will connect and what will come out of it. We will learn how to disentangle from our old habits. We will try to discover the whole scale of forms of touch. Develop the qualities that are not inherent to us, not just use them, but become them, until they are varied by another form. The lessons can be very colourful, beneficial, incitory and alluring for both the beginners and the advanced, who want to investigate their potential up to the boundaries. It is the time for us to broaden our horizons and let our glimmerings physical fulfillment.

Zita Pavlištová

She is one of the few teachers of contact improvisation in the Czech Republic. Shea teaches not only in Prague, but also in Spain, Germany, Poland and the Philippines. In her work she integrates the technique of contemporary dance and contact improvisation. She passes on the art of movement whose foundation is listening to the body. She is looking for boundaries and loves extremes. She is exploring the body in movement and its connection with the mind. She loves long, serene, conscious observing if the inner movement same as speed, loss of control and risks – situations in which it is necessary to give body an unconditional trust.

‚Throught your body you can understand a lot of this world. You only need to learn to listen to it. The body is wise, it teaches me more than all teachers. At the same time, it lets being taught. There is no use forcing it, on the other hand you can trust it entirely. Then it can manage even what we have not dreamt of.‘

Price 140 CZK for 12 evenings from 18 September to 18 December. For reservation deposit of 40 CZK needs to be paid. (Lessons do not take place on 30 October and 4 December.)

Interested in this workshop? Book your place!

Workshop:   Contact Improvisation - Types of Contact and Weight Passing | Wednesday 16:00 - 18:00, 18 September - 18 December | Zita Pavlištová

For more information reach us at druna@druna.cz or via the phone on +420 725 449 409.