Instructor: Dan Safer
One of the main goals of this course is to make you strong, flexible, physically aware and utterly fearless. Ideally, you’ll end up a total bad-ass super-hero. Somewhere between acrobatics, wrestling, and surfing, Contact Improvisation is a dance form based on the communication and safe collision between moving bodies in physical contact and their combined relationship to the realities of motion—gravity, momentum, and inertia. By releasing extra muscular tension and abandoning the notion of pre-planning, you experience a natural, spontaneous flow of movement, opening yourself up to, and diving into, whatever might happen. Skills includes rolling, falling, being upside down, following a physical point of contact, supporting and giving weight to a partner. Alertness is developed in order to work in an energetic state of physical disorientation, honing and trusting your basic survival instincts. Its a game of balance, self-correcting what doesn’t work and reinforcing what does on the spot, discovering physical/emotional truths and shared moments that leave you aware, centered, incredibly present and sharply alive.