Human Moves Contact Improv Intensive


11/06/2022 - 12/06/2022    
9:30 am - 5:00 pm


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

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Human Moves workshop. 11 & 12/06
Contact Improvisation & Improvisation.
We will explore some core principles that help to find freedom and availability in the body. Building up a functional understanding of the underlying principles and structures of contact improvisation, as well as widening the trust to our instincts, impulses and intuition.
Exercises will alternate between contact and solo work to connect to our own body as well as to the group as a whole. Together we create an open, safe space to feel free to enter different ways of moving and being.
Playing around ideas of momentum, suspension, inertia, falling and swinging. Slowing down and breathing, allowing time for listening, sensing and sinking deeper into moments and sensations. Fine tuning and subtle precision
Grounding & Earth-
Through slowing down and taking more time, we sink into the deeper tissues that move slower than the muscles. Feeling the sliding of fascia, the rolling of the organs, the flowing of liquids through the body. Then, when we enter physical connection with another body we have a softer body tone, allowing for greater sensitivity and awareness.
From this place we will use specific exercises to explore tools that are helpful to work in contact such as; sharing weight, centre-to-centre, leaning and supporting, and rolling point of contact. Also using ideas around momentum, suspension, inertia & falling. To find effortless ways into weight transfers. Leading and following, falling and spiralling…
– Spine & spirals –
The spine is an endless source of fascination and discovery. We will study how it moves- playing with the many different qualities and vast ranges of motion. Offering specific movement patterns for optimal spine efficiency. This material is very helpful for integrating pathways in the body that are useful when entering contact and also opening up new possibilities in your own body, as well as investigating principles to give ‘offerings’ and ‘invitations’ to others.
About Hugh
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.
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.
sat doors open 9:30am to start at 10am-5pm
sun doors open 9:30am to start at 10am-5pm
1hr lunch break at aprox 1pm
Buy Here:
£85 concessions
£105 waged
£120 abundant
Tickets include attendance on both days.
Once the tickets sell out there will be a resale list. If tickets are transferred please notify the organiser.
What to bring:
Comfy clothes, change of t-shirt, your lunch, plenty of liquids, snacks. Tea and Coffee is provided.
Please direct any further queries to
Leonie Klein