Contact Improvisation Weekend with Zoë Solomons and Hugh Stanier


10/12/2022 - 11/12/2022    
9:30 am - 9:00 pm


BlackBird/RedRose Studios
BlackBird/RedRose Studios, Unit G, Vallis Mills Trading Estate, Robins Ln, Frome, BA11 3DT

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These workshops will be a deep dive into contact improvisation fundamentals: connection, weight-sharing/bearing, listening, flow, play, presence.
After we thoroughly enjoyed the December 2021 gathering in Frome with Zoë and Hugh we are doing the same again!
We will have workshops by day and jams in the evening. Also a snuggle space, plenty of tea and a Christmas tree.
Bring your own shared lunch and optional Dinners from Burrito Boy and Lungi Babas (beloved local Frome takeouts).
Open to beginners and ultimate experts of CI and all in-between.
If there is anyone new or fresh to CI who would like an intro workshop the week or weekend before get in touch, we can put something together if there is enough demand for it.
Unit G, Vallis Mills Trading Estate, BlackBird/RedRose Studios, Robins Ln, Frome BA11 3DT
Schedule for both days:
Doors open: 9:30am
Morning Session: 10am-1pm
Lunch: 1-2pm (bring your own)
Afternoon session: 2-5pm
Break: 5-6pm
Open Evening Jam: 6-8pm
Dinner: 8-9pm (Bring your own or collective order to local Frome eatery)
(Timings are subject to change depending on flow of the day – please see facebook event page for any updates.
Some sessions may finish earlier or slightly later again depending on the flow of the day.
If you have to leave at a specific time please let us know.)
Zoë will be offering a single day on Friday 9th December of Dynamic Anatomy movement with Axis Syllabus.
There also will be an open jam on Friday evening 7-9pm, free to attend if you have bought a weekend ticket, separate ticket available to purchase too here.
If you are local and can offer a bed or floor space for out-of-towners to stay for a £ contribution please get in touch it would be super helpful!
Zoë Solomons
Zoë is a dancer/mother/teacher/Osteopath and activist. Zoë has been been practicing and performing improvisation since 2000 and considers it a life practice as well as a professional skill. She has performed for Felix Ruckert, Tino Seghal and Simonetta Alessandri among others. Zoë qualified to teach Axis Syllabus universal motion principles in 2008 and has since taught at major dance centres and schools in the U.K. and internationally. Her eclectic training in medicine and bodywork, and a dance background including improvisation, tango, folkdance and contemporary inform her embodied approach to functional movement pedagogy.
Hugh Stanier
Hugh is a movement artist specialising in Improvisation & Contact Improvisation. He has over 15 years of teaching & performance experience. He began dancing when he was 15, training in Break dance and Contemporary. He went on to train at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, graduating in 2008. Since then he has worked with companies such as 2Faced Dance, Tom Dale, STAN Won’t Dance, and Ultima Vez.
He has taught intensives internationally at the Goa Contact Festival(2015-17), Berlin contact festival, Soma Arts festival (Munich), Portugal Contact Gathering and the Goa Dance residency 2019 & 2020. He has collaborated with Danceworx Delhi on an international dance film, and is also creating his own work with a focus on collaborative improvisation with Musicians.
Currently his main focus is organising & facilitating his own events and workshops.
He is also a qualified TMW (Tai Chi Movements for Wellbeing) facilitator. The principles of Tai Chi and Qi Kung underpin his approach to teaching and sharing movement.
Refunds: Refunds can be issued for a £5 admin fee. If the event sells out then refunds will only be given out up to 2 weeks before the start of the event. After this time you are welcome to find someone else to buy your ticket and let us know the name change for a £5 admin fee.
If you’d like to come but no ticket option is feasible for you financially please get in touch and let us know your circumstances.
Accommodation: If you are coming from out of town and would like to stay locally we will do our best to link you up with other local dancers. This turned into a lot of work last year so where at all possible please arrange things yourselves! We cannot guarantee to find you a place by we will do our best to link people with potential hosts. If you need a place to stay or can offer one, please get in touch. We recommend a rough guide of £15/night for a space on the floor or £20/night for a shared room or £30/night for a private room, but we leave it to you to decide.
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