Contact Improvisation Class and Jam


6:00 pm - 8:15 pm


DMAC, (4th Floor) Hamilton House
80 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QY

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Contact Improvisation is based on the physical exploration of how the body moves through its own intelligence and how two or more bodies in contact with each other can move together. A dance that fine tunes your senses and wakes up your ability to listen and respond to what is happening in the moment. Sometimes wild and athletic, sometimes quiet and meditative, and all levels in between. It is a form open to all bodies and inquiring minds.

The class will be led from 6 – 7.30pm leading into open jam from 7.30pm – 8.15pm. This is a single session running from 6 – 8:15. Please be on time or you might not be able to take part.

Class Description

How does this body want to move?

“To learn Contact Improvisation is to learn how to pose a question” (Daniel Lepkoff).

In this class we will begin to investigate the skill of tapping into body questions as expressed by the mind.
Subtle solo and coupled body work as our first practice will soften our kinesthetic and sensory body mind complex. Then we’ll use body as archive and see what happens when movement meets attention meets memory. We’ll be invited to get curious about our habitual patterns of movement and asked to re-invent them. Simple spinal scores and working with the gravitational centre will aid this exploration.
All levels of experience and abilities welcome and participants are asked to bring their natural curiosity with them.

The last Sunday of each month will be an open jam from 6 – 8:15pm with a live musician.

These Sunday sessions are run and taught by a community of contact dancers. Classes are open to all levels and generally led by a different teacher each week.

Participants are responsible for their own safety and wellbeing in the jam. Take care to be alert and sensitive to yourself and others. The organisers cannot accept responsibility or liability for injury.