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. The whole session runs from 6 – 8:15. Please come on time or you might not be able to participate.
Pulsation is the basic, the basis and the beginning. We pulsate on many levels, expansion and contraction creates life at a cellular level, maintains life through breathe and facilitates movement into the world through muscular action and rhythmic vibration. Can we also pulsate our attention so that we can be both with ourselves and with others- relating to space, contact, communication or performance without losing inward connection?
Through imagery, imagination and contact with others, we aim to find fluidity and possibility in our dancing whilst paying attention to our own needs and boundaries. There are invitations to be slow and soft as well as invitations to embrace effort and dynamism.
Every body is a dancing body
Zosia Jo is a dance artist, writer and maker. Her work is rooted in a desire for connectivity and communication through movement, improvisation and performance. Zosia’s choreographic practice focuses on feminist themes, use of voice and spoken word, connecting to communities and challenging traditional theatrical hierarchies. She has made and shown work in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Brighton, Cairo (Egypt) and across Wales. Originally trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Zosia also holds certificates in Psychotherapy from Spectrum Therapy and in 2018 Zosia completed MA Creative Practice, Dance Professional Practice at Independent Dance/Trinity Laban. She now lives in Cardiff and is a guest lecturer at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, improvisation and choreography teacher at Rubicon Dance, artist in residence at Cardiff MADE, and Programming Coordinator at Groundwork Pro. Zosia’s Pembrokeshire based company, Joon Dance, was founded in 2008 with Torch Theatre and combines inclusive community dance with professional performance practice.
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.