Beginner friendly pre-jam warmup class 5-6.30pm followed by the jam 6.30-8.30pm. Doors will be closed for the duration of the class to keep the focus, so please arrive early to attend the class, you can arrive at any time for the jam. Dancers can come just for the class, £6, or stay for the jam, £9.
We are excited to bring to you Sebastian Flegiel, a visiting teacher from Brighton. After hearing from some of you, participants, and upon reflecting on what skills are most desired at this time of our practicing CI here in Bristol, myself (Agnieszka) fed it to Sebastian who came up with this class description:
“To respond to popular interest, I’d like to work on aikido material in CI. Whilst cracking that, we will work on using spirals in movement and how spirals lead to partnering and lifting. During all that work I will speak about methodology of teaching this material and how brake the ideas to step it up in terms of advancement in movement.”
Sebastian Flegiel is Contact Improvisation dancer and teacher with a broad experience of various movement disciplines from contemporary dance through gymnastics, acrobatics, juggling to action theatre and physical theatre. He regularly teaches in his native Poland and abroad, is a co-founder of contactimprovisation.eu website and recently co-created and ran a series of inspiring “Peaceful Dynamics” workshops in London together with Maga Radlowska.
Sebastian is based in Lodz (Poland) and UK (Brighton) and just about everywhere in between, has been dancing CI, on daily basis, from 2001, and started to teach in 2007. Being a philosopher and engineer, he understands movement from both artistic and construction point of view. He is interested in broadening awareness in movement, through conscious attention as well as understanding of physics of bodies in motion.
A jam is an informal gathering of dancers. There is no teacher, but space and time to develop skills and confidence. You are free to dance, rest, or sit and watch, as you wish. The jam provides an opportunity to explore and integrate techniques you have learned, and to find your own routes into dancing.
At some jams a teacher will facilitate a score to follow such as a focused (silent) jam, the Underscore (developed by Nancy Stark-Smith), or a blindfold (or eyes-closed) jam, this will normally be advertised via our regular mailout – so sign-up if you want advance notice.