Dropping into Contact - Contact Improvisation

weekend 8 – 9 October 2022

Contact improvisation is a 50-year-old art of movement, meditation, body play and perhaps sport as well. It explores two bodies as one movement system. It is looking for the kinetic possibilities of physically interconnected moving bodies. At this workshop, Karl Frost, one of the most popular teachers of contact improvisation, will explain bz playful means the different ways of physical interaction between two bodies. It is a workshop in which you will realize how many different possibilities and reasons to connect with each other and influence each other in movement are available to you.

Contact improvisation is an exploration of movement in which we both depend on each other and in which each of us sometimes lets go of control and sometimes takes control. It can be like a kind of massage in motion, finding mutual stretch, compression, activation of unused parts, relaxation and surrender. All of this happens within the flow of motion. It can be like a mutually accelerating roller coaster in which we deliberately direct our tilting balance into a collective fall through space.

We will develop, enrich and explore the basic principles of: weight sharing, physical support, lifts and falls while looking to explore our mental processes and tools:

  • Active curiosity during unpredictable and unfolding physical action
  • Joy of bodily sensations and movement
  • A playful interplay of surrender and leadership, balance and unstability
  • Joy when we are perceived, supported, moved
  • Joy when we feel, support, move the other
  • Expansion of functional body awareness
  • The simple pleasure of meeting of two special beings

We will continuously play and learn new movement vocabulary, explore different ideas and principles of finding contact and openly explore what contact brings to movement. We will be inventing and improvising a lot.

Karl Frost (USA)

He has been practicing, performing, and teaching contact improvisation and interdisciplinary, dance-based performance since the mid 1980’s in California. His work has been showcased over the last 3 decades across 5 continents, both in established institutions/universities and in independent studios and theaters. Known internationally for his dynamic movement style and for the edge-pushing nature of his work, both in process and performance, his performances take the body and emotionally and physically felt experience as their reference points. He is known for his articulate teaching and the depth of the material that he accessibly offers. He began his movement explorations in martial arts as a teenager, before expanding his studies to contemporary dance, contact improvisation, physical theater and a variety of somatic practices.

His performance work, via his company, Body Research Physical Theater, explores postdramatic works rooted in somatic psychology and paratheatrical exploration, alternating between stage productions and highly interactive performance happenings exploring audience agency and personal meaning. A base of his movement practice and teaching is the Passive Sequencing work which he has developed, cultivating ease and presence in motion, soft power through movement intelligence, and the pleasure of finer moment-to-moment awareness of self and partner in motion.

He has a BA in Physics, an MFA in Dramatic Arts, and a PhD in Ecology. Currently, he is a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Human Behavior, Ecology, and Culture in Leipzig, Germany.

The workshop is intensive: Saturday 10:00 – 18:00 and Sunday 9:00 – 17:00. It is open to anyone regardless of age or prior experience.

Price 165 EUR. For place reservation the deposit of 40 EUR needs to be paid in advance.

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