Artistic Let's Dance Statement:
Movement is an ongoing research. In order to dive deeper into ourselves we need tools. Dance allows this opportunity of self exploration. My desire is to broaden the definition of dance by allowing all forms of movement research to be included in this. I see Dance as both social and artistic. A vehicle for understanding ourselves better, and a creative tool which can be viewed on stage and used in everyday life. My journey into dance started with the discovery that I can enjoy my own interest in movement, regardless of how it looks to others. Finding my own interest, I found, was already interesting. This process led me into Contact Improvisation, where the negotiation around weight and touch, helped me challenge my interest, and provided a mirror for my own dance.
I View Contact Improvisation as a rich platform to explore and develop movement skills. The dance encourages an understanding of weight, safe ways of falling down to the ground, and an ongoing spatial awareness. what are we looking for when we dance? when we move? when we breathe? there is a grace that takes over, a state of being where effortless inspiration comes down and we surrender to the motion pouring through. It seems that it is only about luck, or chance, and gradually it becomes clear that we have a say in this shift of momentum, shift of mood, and that we are much more responsible (able to respond) for our moods and motions then we are comfortable to admit. Dance is a beautiful excuse to try out our bodies through all the intelligence it has to offer us, both as a tool that we inhabit, and as mystery body in which we can dwell in awe as an observer of possibilities manifesting before us.
On Teaching and Performing:
Contact Improvisation Movement as art as an illusive practice. A way of life and culture of inhabiting our body as living research. My joy of Dance is first a joy of motion, a joy of physical possibilities coming to fruition. My deep need to relate and communicate found a home in the practice of Contact Improvisation and Dance. An ongoing learning process which encourages me to see beyond myself and find out how I can live in a creative manner, ask questions through moving them, and communicate beyond words. In creating dance performance for stage I seek out the underlying humor which the human experience offers, and the surprising edge which contains a risk. A risk of discovery and unmasking, a risk of sharing and exposing. I wish to extend these qualities into teaching movement. Integrating the everyday body and the human experience into the encouragement of self research and the development of movement skills. Contact Improvisation: I see movement and Contact Improvisation classes as a space to find together what it is we are interested in, and hopefully never reach one answer.
In both teaching and learning, I seek the Opening of the space to a range of skills, from the simple practice of breathing together, to more complex weight sharing abilities, and dance/movement elements and skills. Contact Improvisation advances body intelligence by expanding the range of body tone, and the body’s skin sensitivity to different qualities of touch. We will explore how the dance is affected by our touch and intention, interest and boredom. The ongoing learning process of Contact involves the unique skills of weight sharing, jumping and rolling, sliding and gliding, finding a solo inside a duet, using the floor as a partner and discovering the breath as an ally.