Blog – teaching contact improvisation advanced

I am taking over Anne- Gaelle’s evening classes at Goldsmiths which is more of a lab than a class.

The Organgery, Goldsmiths    6.30 to 8.30pm.     Arrive before please, space open at 6pm.

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It provides time and space to collect questions about contact improvisation and effectively to fill in the gaps we have. The opening of the lab arose from the wish to create a platform of people who are at a similar level so as to deepen ones practice by ensuring that partners are having a similiar journey and hence sharing skills evenly but most importantly, to develop.


The kind of listening.

People with experience falling into the trap of leading rather than listening.

Listening as a beginning. An intense observation before starting to act – realising that action follows as a consequence of listening. Appreciating the role set up of ‘tuning in exercises’ where one listens and the other is free to act in a manner of moving as one wants to move because roles prevent the situation of both listening and hence movement ebbing away.

It is really basic but we forget. the more experienced you are the more you are likely to think that you can just switch on – but each partner requires ones time to listen into – only when we really engage deeply we can afford to develop our practice – because the detail is essential for the bigger concept, of course it is.

Next time: 11.04.


Very similar idea that we ‘trained’ trust in the past and believe we can switch it on. Some certainly better than others, but it remains that trust is a matter of knowing the ability ones own body and the ones of the partner. The idea is to really integrate the body first thing, to make sure that when we fall we will not crash – we’ll soften, release the head, let go of visual fake anchors, go upside down. Then we’ll do that together – step by step. guided exercises where we know we will be caught but eventually moving towards a free jam where we can apply an increased level of risk.

Another aspect of trust – is to reach. Personally I get often confused about when to reach and when to centre in again. Let’s try.

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