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Contact improvisation: basics

Start Thu 8 February '24
18:45 - 20:15

13 sessions

Prices

Standard price: € 162
All prices

Location Danspunt
Dok Noord Sint-Salvatorstraat 18 001A
9000 GENT

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Language & teacher(s) Dutch/English

Contact improvisation (CI) has its roots in the early 1970s and explores our movement options in physical contact and weight exchange with one or more partners. Unlike other partner dances, we do not just remain vertical here, but we move together through all levels of space, in different directions, upside down and all around.

This means: together with one (or more) dance partner(s), without set steps, moving through the spatial levels, from top to bottom and back up, sharing weight, creating your own story in the now, where initiating and following are mixed, and become one listening whole. This can range from subtly touching or listening to - and following - each other's movements, to leaning against your partner, rolling over each other's back, to the ground and back up, to lifting your partner onto your shoulder. And all without fixed shapes or steps!

Where could your imagination take you? Check out these videos from Tiina Jääskö & Mileen Borgonjon, Sasha Dodo and Nancy Stark Smith en Karen Nelson, pioneers of CI.

During this series, we take the time to explore and play with the basics of contact improvisation. You will be (further) introduced to some of the fundamentals involved in contact improvisation, such as giving & carrying weight, supporting & sustaining, organising your body structure in movement while actively listening, moving smoothly through the space levels, communicating clearly.

Furthermore, we work on developing our own movement vocabulary, our creative ability, building strength and body awareness.

The goal: to enter into the dance with a partner with an available and conscious body.

Practical

Wear clothing (without metal/sharp parts) in which you can move easily. Bring a pair of soft knee pads and a bottle of water. We dance barefoot.

Level of experience

Level 1: this is your first introduction to CI or you want to regain/further master the basics. The basic courses in the dance course offer can (preferably) be followed several times.

Sessions

  • Thu 8 February '24
    18:45 - 20:15
    Danspunt - Studio 1
  • Thu 22 February '24
    18:45 - 20:15
    R7 - danszaal
  • Thu 29 February '24
    18:45 - 20:15
    Danspunt - Studio 1
  • Thu 7 March '24
    18:45 - 20:15
    Danspunt - Studio 1
  • Thu 14 March '24
    18:45 - 20:15
    Danspunt - Studio 1
  • Thu 21 March '24
    18:45 - 20:15
    Danspunt - Studio 1
  • Thu 28 March '24
    18:45 - 20:15
    Danspunt - Studio 1
  • Thu 18 April '24
    18:45 - 20:15
    Danspunt - Studio 1
  • Thu 25 April '24
    18:45 - 20:15
    Danspunt - Studio 1
  • Thu 2 May '24
    18:45 - 20:15
    Danspunt - Studio 1
  • Thu 16 May '24
    18:45 - 20:15
    Danspunt - Studio 1
  • Thu 23 May '24
    18:45 - 20:15
    Danspunt - Studio 1
  • Thu 30 May '24
    18:45 - 20:15
    Danspunt - Studio 1

Location(s)

  • Danspunt Dok Noord Sint-Salvatorstraat 18 001A
    9000 GENT Show on map

    WISPER has several course locations at the DOK Noord site. The Danspunt studio's are one of them. Is it your first time here? Please come in time and make sure to read the information on www.wisper.be/doknoord first. Without these guidelines, it's easy to get lost here!

  • R7 New Yorkstraat 7
    9000 Gent Show on map

Prices

  • Better world price
    € 178 Pay a little extra, help make WISPER affordable for everyone
  • Standard price
    € 162 Covers the costs of your course
  • Reduced price
    € 130 If you have trouble making ends meet
  • Social discount UiTPAS Ghent
    € 32 (max 6 / year) only for Ghent citizens

Teacher

Siri Clinckspoor

Siri is a dancer, dance teacher and certified pilates trainer. She worked and danced in projects at…
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Mileen Borgonjon

Mileen coordinates the dance program for WISPER in Ghent and Antwerp. She is a dancer, performer…
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