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Contact Improvisation Intensives

with Chris Aiken, Ray Chung and Andrew Harwood

March 16-22, 2024, Berkeley, CA

Two intensives for experienced contacters with three master teachers. Three distinct approaches, two workshops, an integrated whole.
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Contact Improvisation Intensives. March 16-22, 2024

Weekend Workshop​

Sat-Sun. March 16-17, 2024. Berkeley, CA

Description

5-days Workshop​

Mon-Fri. March 18-22, 2024. Berkeley, CA

Description
About The ARC Teachers

Chris Aiken, Ray Chung and Andrew Harwood

Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood

(Montreal, CA.)

Chris Aiken

USA

Ray Chung

Sweden / USA

Resiliency and Resourcefulness in Contact Improvisation

Weekend Workshop

Rates And Dates

Some experience with Contact Improvisation is recommended

Contact improvisation is an evolving dance form that has changed the face of contemporary dance.

CI offers us a playing field for the development of resiliency and creativity, bringing forth a physical/emotional truth about a shared moment of movement that leaves participants informed, centered and enlivened.

Making contact with another being implies forging a universe where we may take risks, exchange, communicate and witness.

This training will emphasize the potential and necessity of improvising one’s responses to the moment in ways that are nourishing on both a physical and emotional level while opening our minds to the possibilities of reinventing our practice and tuning to the emergent tasks of the dancing.

Acuity, Readiness, Compositional Awareness In Contact Improvisation

5-day Workshop

Rates And Dates

This workshop is intended for practitioners with a very solid ongoing background in CI with at least one year of continuous study and/or practice of the form

Acuity (taught by Chris) is a quality of skilled perceptual awareness and sensitivity.  It develops from mindful practice and the desire to grasp or understand the significance of the details of what is perceivable.  In contact improvisation acuity manifests particularly in the ways we perceive through touch, vision, movement and sound.  The process of attuning ourselves to our partners, the room, and our bodies depends on the development of these acuities.

Readiness (taught by Ray) What does it mean, and what is necessary to be ready to engage in CI physically, mentally, emotionally, creatively? What level of mobility, agility, flexibility can widen the spectrum of possibilities in ones’ practice. What cognitive faculties (conscious and unconscious) facilitate a wider range of choice making.  Could one’s’ level of experience be a deciding factor on how, and what, one wants out of their practice. How do we inform our practice via our experience. We will delve into various practices to activate and enable new ways of engaging in habitudes.

Compositional awareness (taught by Andrew). Focusing on the dynamic range and intricacies of touch, tone, texture, fluid weight exchange, and moving support, we will expand our compositional awareness to include space, time, image, gesture, atmosphere, and feeling, through solo, duet, trio and ensemble dancing. The overall work will involve specific improvisation investigations, perceptual tunings, principles of design and scores aimed at developing our capacity to collaborate and integrate CI into a greater creative universe.

Dates and Times:

No Single Day Drop-ins. Full workshop commitment required

  1. Resiliency and Resourcefulness in Contact Improvisation

    March 16 - 17
    Saturday,
    9:30am - 3..00pm
    Sunday,
    9:30am - 7.00pm
    Including a lunch break
    Finnish Hall, Berkeley, CA

  2. Acuity, Readiness, Compositional Awareness In Contact Improvisation

    Monday - Friday, March 18 - 22 9:15am - 4:30pm Including a lunch break
    Finnish Hall, Berkeley, CA

  3. Public Presentation

    Friday, march 22nd, the last day of the workshops, Andrew, Chris and Ray will offer a public lecture/presentation d incorporating ideas from the workshop in the lecture demonstration, sharing some of the ideas and musings from the workshop and what inspired them to come and teach together this time.

Weekend Workshop Rates

  • Standard

    Standard Rate for Non-standard Weekend.

    $275
  • Supporter

    Sponsoring Our Future. Just a little bit extra for extraordinary teachers.

    $330
  • Reduced

    This rate is a Financial Aid Discount for those in need.

    $220
  • Register

5-day Workshop Rates

  • Early Bird

    Early Bird Promotional Rate (valid through February 1st, 2024)

    $450
  • Standard

    Standard Rate for Non-standard Weekend.

    $550
  • Supporter

    Sponsoring Our Future. Just a little bit extra for extraordinary teachers.

    $630
  • Reduced

    This rate is a Financial Aid Discount for those in need.

    $470
  • Register
    If you have any questions about rates or experience level for a workshop, please use the contact form and provide the best way to reach you besides email (phone/messaging app).

Refund Policy

80% refund before March 1st
50% refund before March 15
No refund after March 15

*refunds for medical emergencies are case by case