Falling & Flying-Contact Improvisation workshop with Hugh Stanier


10:00 am - 5:00 pm


St. Michael's Parish Hall
Park Ln, Bristol BS2 8BE, Bristol, BS2 8BE

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The workshop:
We will begin by playing with gravity and momentum, focusing on the ideas of falling and flying- both in solo movement and in contact. Starting close to the ground and building up through levels, we develop confidence in our own abilities; building trust in the body.
By researching in our solo movement the subtle mechanics of ‘small dance’, suspension & reaching, we progress towards using momentum and spirals to learn, fluid ways to lift one-another through ‘catching a ride’. Working with the frame and structure of the arms, we will explore ways to connect to space and find counterbalance in the body, providing frames to both lift and be lifted and offer structures to be explored. We will focus in on the details and technique of body tone, alignment and small points of contact that help with finding lightness in being lifted and efficiency in lifting.
As well as these specific focuses, there will also be time given to more free exploration, to integrate the material into the dance naturally and organically.
Technique and Poetry.
Structure and Freedom.
Playful Beings in Motion.
About Hugh Stanier
Hugh is a movement artist specialising in Improvisation & Contact Improvisation. He has over 16 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 C.I. 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. 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.
Who is this workshop for?
This workshop is for people who have had some previous experience of Contact Improvisation.
What to bring:
Comfy clothes, change of t-shirt, your lunch, plenty of liquids, snacks. Tea and Coffee is provided.
St Michael’s Parish Hall
Go to the entrance to St Michael’s Parish Hall. You will see the gates to the playground to your right. Drive into the second playground.
This is the area painted like a football pitch behind the Hall.
9.30 doors open -warm up space
10am start
5pm finish
earlybird £33
general release £42
purchase below:
Tickets are non-transferable. If you wish to cancel and have someone else in mind, please contact me on elkmailer@gmail.com. Tickets will go for resale on headfirst once event is sold out.