Frequently Asked Questions

What topics will we cover in classes?

See specific class descriptions for this. Some basic principles of Improvisation and Contact Improvisation that may be covered, include:

  • Use of weight, momentum and inertia
  • Different levels of touch and body systems (bones, tissue, fluids, organs, etc.)
  • Practice of grounding, rolling, rocking, sliding, gliding, falling, catching, yielding, extending, etc.
  • Use of space (both general and internal)
  • Timing
  • Relationship through movement
  • Imagery in moving.

Through attending regular classes you should be able to:

  • Move with greater freedom, flexibility and ease
  • Use the floor as a place of release and support, both in stillness and moving
  • Work with momentum and a variety of speed / timing
  • Play with balance and off-balance
  • Use your centre of gravity effectively when moving
  • Understand the principles of weight sharing in a duet
  • Maintain a moving point of contact in a duet
  • Follow a physical impulse with immediacy, both in relation to own and a partner’s moving.

What level are the classes and do I need any particular skills?

Contact Improvisation is open to all levels and experience. It is also suitable for those with visual impairment and physical disabilities, however not all the spaces we use are suitable, so please contact us in advance if you have any particular needs.

When is advisable not to do Contact Improvisation?

We ask that you take responsibility for your health and wellbeing in classes and jams. Whilst open to all levels and abilities we ask that you use your own common sense should you have any particular health considerations. If in any doubt, please feel free to contact any of the teachers before coming to discuss.

To assist us in providing a safe and healthy environment for you to exercise in please take a moment to consider the list below. If you have suffered from any of the conditions listed, please check with a medical practitioner whether it is suitable for you to undertake an exercise programme and inform the teacher in advance, or when you arrive. If you have not checked, or if it is not suitable, please do not participate in an exercise or movement class.

  • Do you ever have pains in your chest?
  • Have you had any operations or injuries in the last year?
  • Do you often feel faint or have spells of dizziness?
  • Are you receiving medication for any condition?
  • Do you have high blood pressure?
  • Is there anything else we should know about your health?
  • Do you have a bone or joint problem, such as Arthritis, Osteoporosis, back or knee problems?

How will I be taught?

You will be offered specific instructions to work with and guided through a series of explorations, leading to improvisation with the material on an individual and intuitive level. Partner work will be a major source for physical investigation, offering mutual support and inspiration. We will be deepening our practice through both moving and watching others move. There will be opportunity for learning through sharing experiences and constructive feedback.

Is there anything I need to bring?

  • Please wear comfortable clothing.
  • No shoes required.
  • Bring soft knee pads if you have a pair. Sometimes we will have some available for you to purchase, or you can purchase them via the net from ‘Contact Quarterly’.
  • Bring plenty of water.
  • Payment in cash.

Who can I contact for further information?

Bristol Contact Improvisation is made up of a group of volunteers. Our general email contact is otherwise please feel free to contact individual teachers or facilitators.

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