Embodiment, Instant Composition, Improvisation



May 18 // 418 Project, Santa Cruz, CA, 10am-12:30 /  Dance Improv Lab

May 19 //  Motion Pacific, Santa Cruz / 12-3 / $30-$50 Workshop :: Trans-embodiment / Space Maker / Instant Composition 

June 3 // Performance Works North West, Portland, OR / 12-3 / $15-30 / Workshop :: Trans-embodiment / Space Maker / Instant Composition 

June 13 // Xcape Dance Studio, Eugene, OR / Eugene Dance Improvisation + Jam (music Paul Sprawl)


Embodiment / Somatics   The body expresses from systems connected to forces and flows.  Heightened sense perception leads to potentials for embodied pleasure and easy coordination. 


Instant Composition  Relational thinking informs compositional choices while dancing and invites new entries in genre-bending dance. Composition comes out of our work in grounding and preparing a relational body, as we articulate how dance happens in a relational system.\. Boundaries blur in the collaboration between body and its networked parts, space, music, other- in transmutations, as dance is composed by collective forces.


 The Hugeness of Instant Composition / Trans-Embodiment / Dancing as a Space-Maker 

For the 1st hour we’ll explore somatic practices across senses and systems so we cultivate aesthetics connected through deep embodiment, easy coordination and inherently satisfying movement. Then we’ll use images for dancing in space-bodies- perceiving/experiencing space and body as partners and as one body. From the expanse and ground, we’ll delve into instant composition by thinking about dance as a relational phenomena where composition occurs in collaborations between body and its networked parts, space, music, other- as we find the equilibrium between life and dance. Live sound/music by Paul Sprawl

Contact improvisation I teach by framing CI as both a platform for articulating forces of physics in the dance of shared centers of gravity between bodies and the floor, as well as a relational dance phenomena leading to deep embodiment, heightened perception of space and new dance potentials, including opening to the Muse that co-creates each dance.