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ReWilding Attention through Contact and Ensemble Improvisation

Event type: Workshop
Nita Little © Maxim Prem Part of: Dance Partners | Working with Artists

Fri 13 Jul, 10:00am


Venue: Yorkshire Dance

Presented by: Yorkshire Dance | Vanessa Grasse

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Workshop with Nita Little

Open to professional dancers only
10.00am – 3.00pm, with a break for lunch

This workshop engages Contact Improvisation in an intensive practice and study of its extension into ensemble dancing.

Through embodied attention training, physical studies, improvisation, compositional scores, and discussions we will develop our collective response-ability by means of the articulation of our presence. Becoming feral, we ride the lip of experimentation. Determined by the participants’ Contact Improvisational experience, this workshop will present both foundational and advanced Contact Improvisation skills and practices while engaging in attentional actions of the BodyMind.

Nita Little is an activist for relational intelligence through dance practices beginning with the emergence and development of Contact Improvisation (CI). A dancer, teacher, choreographer, scholar and theorist, her work with Steve Paxton was research generative of CI in 1972. A PhD in Performance Studies (2014) her writing investigates ecological actions of attention and the creative potentials present in entangled relations. She is in the initial stages of developing a global institute for the study of Somatic Communication populated by dancer/investigators as well as scientists and researchers from multiple disciplines.

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